NAS has been active in the maritime sector since 2010 and operates in various fields of expertise: design and engineering, expertise and certifications as well as consulting services.
Interview with Eng. Kurt Gutteridge, Managing Partner of NAS (pictured below)
Can you tell us about the activities of NAS?
Our company was founded in 2010 in Malta. We have historically developed in the area of ship inspections and certifications and we have also been involved in the development of the Malta Commercial Yacht Code.
NAS carries out different types of surveys (gauging, MARPOL certification, assignment of load lines, non-IACS classification services, etc.) to ensure compliance with national and international standards, maritime codes and conventions. Our clients can be public establishments, banks or shipowners, in a constantly evolving legal context.
The experience and knowledge acquired over the years have allowed us to develop new activities in the field of design, naval architecture as well as engineering and design.
Our clients are mainly super yachts, but we also work on commercial and specialized vessels such as passenger ferries, cargo ships or fish farming vessels, which we support with our technological and design solutions, especially for compliance with new environmental standards.
What are the specificities of the NAS?
We focus on a niche sector, the upper end of the yachting market, which consists mainly of super yachts for which we act as engineering and design specialists.
From Antibes, we also want to develop our consulting activity in the south of France. It is a strong component of our offer which has naturally been enriched by the various knowledge acquired by the company within the projects of our customers but also by the participation in European projects, which allows us today to propose personalized and innovative solutions to our customers.
Additionally, we are appointed experts for the Maltese flag and are able to carry out surveys and issue official certifications. This is very useful as the Maltese flag is used by many vessels based in French marinas and operating between France and Italy.
Having an office in Antibes, close to Port Vauban, is a real opportunity to respond to new technological challenges with a permanent structure in the south of France.
What are the reasons for your setting up on the Côte d’Azur?
During the pandemic crisis, we decided to accelerate our development and get closer to our customers and the market. Our establishment in Antibes is the first outside Malta.
We have identified the South of France as the main site for super yachts in the Mediterranean and certainly in the world. It was therefore natural to settle in Antibes to support our growth projects.
In addition, during the wintering period, the majority of yachts are based in the South of France: Antibes, La Ciotat, La Seyne-sur-mer,… we can therefore accompany them in the work they carry out during this period while ensuring that industry standards are met. This technical assistance activity allows us to innovate with our customers and to remain at the forefront of technological solutions that will enable them to carry out their development projects.
The Côte d’Azur also has major players such as the Université Côte d’Azur and the Pôle Mer Méditerranée, as well as major research and innovation centres. This is an important asset for developing innovative services that will reinforce the relevance of our offer and enable us to remain the leader in our market.
Our investment on the Côte d’Azur is a long-term commitment supported by an ambitious development plan. We recently moved to Antibes and now have a full time employee and I traveled regularly to Antibes from Malta to ensure the development of the office.
We want to be recognized not only as a Maltese company with a branch in the south of France, but also as a French company.
What support have you received from Team Côte d’Azur?
The support from Team Côte d’Azur and the experience of setting up the company in Antibes have been very positive.
We were impressed by the support of the team and the various institutional contacts for our project. We saw there the desire to maintain a high level of expertise in the maritime sector of the Riviera and to strengthen the blue economy of the region.
Support from Team Côte d’Azur was provided mainly at two levels.
On a human level first: the project developed during the COVID period and the limitation of travel, but I was always able to count on Team Côte d’Azur from a distance and in particular Cyril Dary who was fantastic throughout. of accompaniment.
The second aspect of support was connecting to local networks. Even if we knew some actors in our field of activity, we were able to benefit from connections which allowed the smooth running of the project. Thus, we have joined the ECPY (European Committee of Yachting Professionals) and we are studying the possibility of integrating new structures to strengthen our presence.
What are your development expectations?
We are at the beginning of our development on the Côte d’Azur, and we are already very proud to have been able to develop our presence on the Mediterranean coast with our office in Antibes.
Our first objective is therefore to make our new establishment known to as many yachting professionals as possible.
In the medium term, we want to consolidate our presence by developing our services from our new office.
We are working to develop relationships with educational institutions in France in order to welcome interns that we could recruit, because one of the main challenges in our industry is to identify and recruit talent trained in marine engineering. and naval architecture.
Depending on the pace of our growth, the Antibes office will be able to accommodate three to four permanent staff within three years.
Finally, as a player in the maritime sector, we also want to meet the new challenges of our industry, particularly in terms of sustainable development and positive impact on the environment. Our solutions must be able to contribute to the sustainability of our industry and the ships we design.
NAS – Naval Architect Services
13 Rue Sadi Carnot – 06600 Antibes
+356 2166 8254