Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire

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Chantiers de l'Atlantique, is a French shipyard based in Saint-Nazaire, France. It was formed part of the STX France SA business unit, majority owned by STX Europe with a 66.6% and the balance 33.34% held by the French state, before being nationalized in July 2017 by the French state. It is one of the world's largest shipyards, constructing a wide range of commercial, naval and passenger ships.
The shipyard was owned by Alstom from 1984, and became part of Aker Yards when Aker Group acquired the Alstom Marine business in 2006. In 2008, the South Korean company STX Corporation acquired Aker Yards, and the shipyard became part of STX Europe (formed by the renaming of Aker Yards).
Its location near Nantes, France, at the mouth of the Loire and the deep waters of the Atlantic makes sailing large ships in and out easier.
Ateliers et Chantiers de la Loire and Ateliers et Chantiers de Saint-Nazaire Penhoët merged in 1955 to form Chantiers de l'Atlantique. The yard started by building ships for the French transatlantic line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. In 1961, it built the trans-Atlantic superliner, then the world's longest passenger vessel.
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  • Shipyard Visit: biggest and luxurious Cruise boats are built here! With a backlog of 15 huge luxury cruise ships, Chantiers Navals sit on 12 years of work orders. Close to 10.000 people on board...  more »
  • We really didn’t want to go on the shipyard tour, thinking it would be a bore. What a mistake! There were three mega-cruise ships in various stages of completion, and the tour bus took us through the....  more »
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