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Culture of innovation

LDA, an ocean of innovation!

Innovation has always been at the heart of LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS as the real driving force behind its growth. As an innovative shipowner for more than 165 years, we are proud of all the innovations designed and implemented within our Group in various sectors of our shipping activities.

Thanks to its Pioneering Spirit, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group has always been pursuing and implementing new ideas. Have you ever wondered what was the common thread between the ecodesign of our handysize ships, the technical specifics of LDPL barges and the characteristics of the ‘Wind Of Change’? It was the tremendous innovation capacity and the pioneer spirit of the LDA teams!


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Our teams have been striving to improve our fleet and equipment by constantly seeking to innovate and make major technical breakthroughs.

As early as 1937, the LOUIS DREYFUS company stood out in the dry bulk shipping industry when it launched the only diesel cargo ships of the French merchant navy during the pre-war period. In 1957, it transformed the world of cargo by launching a series of “rear-end” ships which combined transportation of heavy goods and cars, bound for the Canadian Great Lakes. Several years later, LD continued to innovate with the launch of the first double–hulled capsize ships, ecotype hulls, etc.

This knack for innovation was clearly displayed in the field of industrial solutions when we created a modern oceanographic research fleet in 1991. This was followed by our emblematic partnership with ALCATEL for which our teams designed, developed and built three major cable ships – which are still a worldwide reference, almost 20 years on. The Airbus adventure is also one such case where LDA displayed with vigour its capabilities to innovate and adapt to its customer’s needs.


These multiple innovations have allowed LDA, throughout its history, to take decisive and significant steps for further growth.