Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée) is a French ferry company operating in the Mediterranean
ferries sail from Marseille, Toulon, Nice on mainland
France, Calvi, Bastia, Ajaccio, Ile Rousse, Propriano, and Porto Vecchio on Corsica, Porto Torres on Sardinia, Alger, Oran, Skikda and Bejaia in Algeria as well as
Tunis in Tunisia and Genoa in Italy.
M/S Danielle Casanova
departing the port of Bastia.
SNCM traces its history back to 1850.
In September 2005, French Prime minister Dominique de Villepin
project of privatization
company. Villepin was to hand out the SNCM to Butler Capital Partners
million euros, after a previous "recapitalisation" of 113 million
euros (injection of new capital by the state). However, this
project caused a public outcry, as it put into question the
principle of public transports
meaning that to insure the continuity of the national territory and
of all concerning this
important territorial continuity. In other words, the state-owned
SNCM was to insure transport
between the mainland and Corsica all year long, even though in
exclusive market terms it may be considered as not profitable
enough, in order to insure
the possibility for Corsicans to acceed to administrative services
as well as any other Frenchman. Moreover, Butler was Villepin's
schoolmate and friend from l'ENA, the elite public servants school.
Following hard negotiations and a strike by the CGT
and the Syndicat des travailleurs
("Corsican workers' trade-union"), a new project
was presented. Connex
(which has since became
, a subsidiary of
take 28% of the SNCM (against 38% for Butler in the previous
arrangement); the state was to keep 25% of the shares, and 9% sold
to the employees. 400 layoffs
in addition of the 113 million euros reinjected by the state before
the privatization, 35 million euros were to be given to finance the
The company is actually privatized since May 31st 2006.