Alewijnse Marine Systems, a service and refit centre in France’s La Ciotat, has been nominated for a business development award in an annual programme organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Netherlands (CCI France Pays-Bas).

CCI France Pays-Bas is a private foundation dedicated to promoting trade and investment between the two countries. The nomination is the result of Alewijnse setting up and then expanding its new subsidiary at La Ciotat.

A system integrator specialist, Alewijnse Marine Systems has delivered electrical engineering, automation, navigation and ICT solutions and technical services to yachts and commercial vessels around the world.

Its La Ciotat subsidiary has been nominated in the Business Development Award FR-NL / NL-FR category where two prizes are available: one for Dutch companies doing business in France, for which Alewijnse is entered, and the other for French companies doing business in the Netherlands.

The judging criteria include growth in turnover in the host country and the relative share of that turnover to the total income of the company. Other factors that are considered are the strategy and competitive position of the company being assessed. Prizes are also given for innovation and the personality of the year.

With the full support of La Ciotat Shipyards SEMIDEP and Provence Promotion, the local French Economic Development Agency, Alewijnse opened its new facility at Chantiers Naval La Ciotat in 2015.

The site’s objective is to provide a fast and personal service to the many superyachts in the western Mediterranean that either have electrical and ICT systems designed and installed by Alewijnse, or else seek the support of highly trained electrical engineers for repairs and refits.

The awards will be announced by CCI France Pay-Bas at a gala dinner taking place on Thursday 23 June at the Hotel De L’Europe in Amsterdam. This will be the fifth time that these presentations have taken place.