The management of Port Vauban and Port Gallice entrusted to the Artemis Group

Jan. 2017
Port of Antibes - Vauban
The management of Port Vauban and Port Gallice entrusted to the Artemis Group

The CCI Nice Côte d'Azur, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and the Caisse d'Epargne Côte d'Azur set up the Artemis Group to respond to the public service delegation contract (DSP) launched in early 2016 by the city of Antibes to find a new trustee for the management of its two ports: Vauban and Gallice. Artemis - a name chosen in homage to the Greek goddess of paths and ports - has worked closely with the Atelier d'Architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) throughout the project (one of Philippe Prost’s professional specialities is his economic and cultural development work at historical Vauban sites).

The city of Antibes has now proposed to the Municipal Council that the management of Port Vauban and Port Gallice for the next 25 and 15 years respectively is entrusted to two of the companies involved in the Artemis Group.

A public interest project that follows a sustainable development model

The grouping of these three major players employs several common aspects of what constitutes a public interest project: public service expertise, savoir-faire in the management of existing ports and in the implementation of public service delegation contracts, and finally, the coming together and re-energisation of local, national and international ecosystems.

Group objectives

  • To create a model port accessible to all that is founded on effective public services and acts in the public interest;
  • To establish fair and competitive tariffs that reflects the current tariffs of the management; and
  • To integrate the core concerns of controlling the effects the port and its clients have on the environment, and to establish an ethos of sustainable development.

The project for Port Gallice: to combine the highest levels of service with a port that is pioneering in terms of its environmental consciousness and performance.


The project for Port Vauban: to reestablish Port Vauban as the Mediterranean port reference in the 21st century and to innovate with unique partnerships with businesses in Sophia Antipolis and the Alpes Maritimes. Port Vauban is to become a real tool in the developing of the Côte d’Azur economy by integrating soundly within an existing ecosystem.


A statement from Jean-Pierre SAVARINO, President of the CCI Nice Côte d’Azur: “Winning the management contracts for Port Vauban and Port Gallice brings great pride to the CCI and for two reasons. Firstly, it is a validation of our expertise and professionalism as the manager of existing ports. Secondly, it is the recognition of our role as a major economic player in the service of the boosting the attractiveness of our region and its ecosystem.”

A statement from Richard CURNIER, Regional Director of the Caisse des Dépôts en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur: “Pleasure yachting ports are of particular importance as public assets because of their relevance to increasing the attractiveness and strength of the tourism industries in coastal towns and cities and the region as a whole as well as being an economic resource for the yachting industry. The criteria for the Caisse des Dépôts’ involvement is to promote a modernisation of services for yacht owners and crew, set in motion a dynamic management of the ports, develop clean and environmentally conscious ports, provide better training for future employees of the yachting sector and establish a deeper connection between towns and cities and their ports.”

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