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Marion Dufresne

Ship management of the TAAF oceanographic research and multipurpose supply vessel

Ship management of the MARION DUFRESNE by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs since May 2017 technical management, crew and maintenance.

Louis Dreyfus Armateurs provides services to the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (FSAL) through the management of MARION DUFRESNE, a multipurpose supply and oceanographic research vessel that is operated under the French flag. Our services are backed by our know-how and expertise in ship management which allows us to provide:


  • High quality technical management and maintenance services

  • Highly experienced crew who are trained on several vessels of the LDA fleet, along with a crew department that is based at LDA’s HQ in Suresnes

    Our experience facilitates our ability to:

  • Carry out missions four times a year from the La Reunion Port of the Southern Bases (Crozet, Kerguelen, Saint-Paul-and-Amsterdam) and periodically from the ‘Eparses’ islands – often in challenging sea conditions
  • Navigate nearly 9,000 km across the Indian Ocean, covering a good part between the Roaring 40th and 50th Howling



Transportation and various cargoes

  • Transportation of personnel (up to 114 passengers)
  • Food shipments
  • Transportation of the necessary equipment/tools/materials for the Bases operations
  • Transport of material for construction sites
  • Transport of equipment from community partners (IPEV, CNES, CEA, Météo France etc.)
  •  Fuel transportation. Read more about the MARION DUFRESNE: Presentation-du-Marion-Dufresne (TAAF)