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World Creativity and Innovation Day


INNOVATION has always been at the heart of LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group as the real driving force behind its growth.

Innovation is one of LOUIS DREYFUS TRAVOCEAN’s core values.
Beyond our unique expertise in cable laying and protection activities, LDTVO designs and builds all necessary equipment and innovative subsea systems for our clients projects and operations.

Discover here one of the innovative subsea systems developed by LDTVO:

The TM05 Diverless Subsea Trencher: see the video here.

Tech specs (see Subsea Systems page) : click here.


Discover more videos and innovations: click here.

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Save the dates! SEANERGY 2021 in Saint-Nazaire

SEANERGY 2021 Louis Dreyfus Travocean Come and join Saint-Nazaire

Save these NEW dates for SEANERGY!

📅 21 to 24 September 2021 in Nantes Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire region, France!

Much excited to meet you very soon at this international leading event on offshore wind and marine renewable energy!

Come and join the teams of LDTVO at the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group’s Booth for great discussions about the O&M market, about our projects and the services we could offer to meet your needs.

Save these dates! Looking forward to seeing you there!

About Seanergy 2021: click here.

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President Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, BFM Business TV interview

Edouard Louis-Dreyfus BFM Business TV


President Edouard Louis-Dreyfus was the special guest of BFM Business TV this morning to talk about the blockage of the Suez Canal and the issue of vaccination for seafarers around the world.

Edouard Louis-Dreyfus did not fail to pay tribute to the LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group’s seafarers and to recall their key and essential role in the world economy.

(Re)watch Edouard Louis-Dreyfus’ TV interview on BFM Business : click here 


See also LDA website / News page.

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Project Manager Marc Geffroy – Job Testimonial

Marc Geffroy LDTVO Project Manager

Job Testimonial

We are proud to share our colleague Marc Geffroy’s job testimonial. Discover  it below of visit the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ career page/job testimonials, here.


Marc Geffroy, Project Manager at Louis Dreyfus TravOcean

“…I always try to learn something from every situation, whether difficult or not.”


1/ What has been your career path so far?

I always have been attracted to the sea, so it was natural for me to get specialized in Ocean Engineering during my studies at Centrale Marseille Engineering School.
I wanted to start my career with an operational experience. I had the opportunity to do my end-of-studies internship at the Toulon naval base. The company was in charge of the maintenance of the French navy ships. As an assistant project manager, I was lucky to be involved in the disarming of the Dupleix Anti Submarine Frigate. During the second part of my internship I was in charge of the technical stop of the Gapaud landing barge, which was connecting the Levant Island and Hyeres.
In addition to this “field” approach, I wanted to travel. This is why I applied for a project engineer position at Louis Dreyfus Travocean, which seemed to tick all the boxes.

I started to work at the La Ciotat office in 2015. Since then, I have gained experience in submarine cables installation, repair or burial in Telecom, oil and gas and even offshore windfarm markets.


2/ Could you tell us more about your current role / your missions?

I am mainly in charge of managing different service agreement contracts: supply of ROVs and personnel to assist one of our clients during offshore windfarm inter-array cables installation and burial.
In addition to this long-term mission, I am involved in different submarine cable installation or burial projects.
My job starts, as soon as the contract is awarded, by a preparation phase: project documentation, definition of the technical solutions to be implemented, follow-up of equipment preparation on our different sites, purchasing, logistics…
This initial stage is followed by an operation phase on the project location, starting by organising the mobilisation of the equipment on the chosen vessel. Then, depending on the project, I am either involved in the operation on land or at sea.


3/ How did your position evolve in the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group?

I was hired as a project engineer in 2015 and gained a strong experience thanks to the variety of projects I was involved in and the trust I was given by the company. About a year ago, I became a project manager, working on various projects at the same time.


4/ What do you like the most in this job?

The great diversity of projects: in the space of a few months I can go from working on the burial of a seismic cable in an oil field in Norway, to the laying of shore ends in the United Kingdom or Argentina, and finish by the mobilisation of various ROVs in Poland on a vessel dedicated to the laying and burial of offshore windfarm inter-array cables. All of this during a global pandemic !


5/ Could you name 3 must-have qualities for this job?

I think you must be very curious, be self-sufficient and able to adapt to different situations: operational and weather conditions on site can change very quickly. Also you need to have good interpersonal and communication skills. This job involves working with a lot of different people and cultures.


6/ Any anecdote or major fact you would like to share about your job?

In 2016, following a storm in the English Channel, 4 network cables between the United Kingdom and France were damaged close to Dover. Louis Dreyfus Travocean had to perform a repair very quickly. Almost 12 months later, we got a call informing us that the network was damaged again, but on the French side this time. It is a rare event in the life cycle of this kind of cable, and I was lucky to be involved in both projects with very different technical solutions, within a year.

To bounce back on funnier statistics: before I started to work for Louis Dreyfus Travocean, I had only been on a plane twice… Since then, I have stopped counting !


7/ Are you a land or sea person?

I would say a mix of both: I am a littoral person.


8/ What are your hobbies and interests?

I really like outdoor activities whether at sea (sailing, diving…) or in the mountains (skiing, hiking…).


9/ What is your motto?

I don’t really have a motto but I always try to learn something from every situation, whether difficult or not.

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Gender Professional Equality Index

Louis Dreyfus Travocean reaches a score of 75 points out of 100.

The professional equality index allows the company to measure salary equity between women and men. It highlights the points of progress on which the company must act when the disparities are not justified.

All companies in France with at least 50 employees must calculate and publish their Professional Equality Index between men and women, each year on March 1.

This index allows to assess the level of gender equality regarding remuneration on 100 points based on various criteria.

Read more about these criteria and the score of LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group: click here

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2020 ASN Sverdrup cableship LDTVO

The JOHAN SVERDRUP project consisted of a PRM (Permanent Reservoir Monitoring) cable burial on the Johan Sverdrup field on behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks. The burial equipment, consisting of the ROVJET 1206, was mobilized on the Olympic Electra, a Norwegian Multi Purpose Vessel.

The slicing was carried out in parallel with the installation of the system carried out by the ILE DE BATZ cable ship on which the ROVSEE developed and operated by Louis Dreyfus Travocean was mobilized.

2 campaigns were necessary to complete this project:

• June to August 2019: 200 km

• June to November 2020: 440 km

The burial depth required for this project was 1.0. During these 2 campaigns, the teams had to face the difficult weather in the North Sea, especially at the end of the summer.

The Olympic Electra was mobilized and demobilized in Dunkirk on the logistics base of LDTVO.

See also Johan Sverdrup 1 Project: click here.

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LDTVO was involved in the installation of the 2 Tannat and Malbec systems that connect Argentina to Brazil.
Two Pre lay grapnel run and route clearance campaigns were carried out on systems between 15 m and 1,000 m deep between June and August 2020.
The operation was carried out by Atlantic Dama an Argentinian Supply.

Despite the difficult sanitary context, LDTVO also achieved the 2 separate landings at Las Toninas in Argentina.

A Uruguayan DP supply has been mobilized in Montevideo to carry out this operation:
• Installation material: cable yard, LCE, Cable tray
• Burial material: ROVJET 404.

The work area was hit by a heavy swell throughout the project as well as a strong transverse current accentuating the difficulty of the project.
The lay-in and burial systems were both about 7 km long. The required burial depth was 1.5 m.

The project was successfully completed in November 2020.

See also our Projects page: click here.

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Partnership with UXO Control


As part of the Offshore Wind Farm Project in the Bay of Saint Brieuc (France), Louis Dreyfus TravOcean and UXO Control have been awarded by Ailes Marines (owned by Iberdrola) to carry out an offshore campaign in order to identify and eliminate unexposed ammunition (UXO) on the site of the Saint Brieuc wind farm.

These operations aimed to inspect, identify and dispose of or relocate underwater objects identified as potential unexposed explosive ordnance or presenting risks to prepare the site for future offshore installation works.

Louis Dreyfus TravOcean was responsible for the chartering of maritime means, the mobilization and demobilization of equipment, permits and onshore logistics as well as the supply of ROV 113 for its first operations as a back up ROV.

This offshore campaign took place over around 7 weeks, from the beginning of August 2020 until mid September 2020. The port of call chosen for the project was the port of Saint Malo in France.

See also our Projects page: click here.

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The HAVHINGSTEN System (fibre optic)

LDTVO Blackpool UK optic fibre

The Havhingsten System is an FO system that connects Ireland, UK and Denmark.
On behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks, LDTVO made 3 separate landings on this system:
• 2 x in Denmark, in Houstrup and Gammelgab Strand
• 1 x in UK Blackpool

For these three landings, Naval Support chose the Nora B unit, a DP tug that had already proven its high efficiency for this type of project earlier this same year.
In addition to a cable laying system made up of an LCE, a cable park and a cable tray, the TO mobile NV burial spread was mobilized on board.

In Denmark, the 2 landings were carried out through an HDD followed by an installation of approximately 5 km. The required burial was 2.0 m on these 2 cables and the NV mobile TO showed complete satisfaction.
The project was completed in June 2020.

In Blackpool, the 15 km cable was pulled onto the beach and then laid in October 2020. During the landing, the crossing had to be made with an already existing OF system.
The cable was buried to a depth of 1.5 m.

The 2 mobilizations and demobilizations were carried out on the logistics base of LDTVO in Denmark.

See also the project page : click here.

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HORNSEA 2 – TM05 Trials


Louis Dreyfus TravOcean has been awarded the contract from Seaway 7 for the provision of Offshore Burial Trials of its new TM05 diverless trencher fitted both with cutting wheel and digging chain onboard one dedicated Trenching Support Vessel (TSV) within the frame of the Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm (HOW02) Array Cable Installation and protection project.

The aim and focus of the offshore trials was to prove and demonstrate that the mobilised cable burial spread TM05 (Diverless Crawler fitted with a cutting wheel and/or digging chain) was functional and tested.

Trenching Trials have been done in August 2020 on the HOW02 site.

The burial trials have been conducted with and without cable in 4 areas of various soil conditions which are representative of site conditions and using the 2 different tools (cutting wheel & trenching chain).
Three (3) areas were foreseen for TM05 trench trials in accordance with anticipated ground conditions, an ALARP corridor was provided by the Client and the location were a sufficient distance away from the planned cable route. One fourth area has been added during offshore operations.
A single inter array cable sample 192m long has been supplied for the trial and has been laid then recovered for trenching trials with cable.

• Trials without cable
Burial trials without cable have been done in four (4) locations.
Both cutting wheel and digging chain have been tested and it was expected that each trial run had to be at least 100m in length.

• Trials with cable
Burial trials with cable have been done using the digging chain only in one (1) location.
The 192m section of inter array cable has been laid from the support vessel using hold-back anchors to maintain sufficient bottom tension along the cable sample.
Trial cable has been recovered on board support vessel after completion of the burial trials with cable.

See also our YouTube channel: video about TM05 diverless trencher. Click here.

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