The Sogestran Group

    The Sogestran Group

    Presentation Our vision Our history

    Presentation of the Sogestran Group

    A Sogestran team

    A French, independent and family group

    The Sogestran Group is 73 years old this year.

    Our local, national and international experience, our eagerness to perform well, the work of each individual and the trust of our customers have positioned us as the leading French river transporter and reputed shipowner. We are designer, investor, manager and operator of our fleet.

    Our core business is the high value-added transportation of goods. Our experience in the field as well as our technical expertise allow us to imagine and create tailor-made solutions. We are creators and assemblers of solutions.

    In line with our knowledge of the logistics of hazardous materials, we have also developed ‘services to industries’ which includes repairs, tank cleaning and the storage of hazardous materials.

    Our teams are made up of passionate experts at all levels. Whether in search of transportation solutions, in the design of a boat and, of course, during navigation.

    We are an innovative, structured and reliable industrial force, always focused on quality, human and environmental respect.

    Our vision

    Vision and values of Sogestran

    The vision of the Sogestran Group is based on the raison d’être of the men and women who form the Group and who, since its creation, have made it possible to succeed through their work, their professionalism and their daily commitment.

    This purpose, which defines who we are, is the following: to imagine, to employ our resources and to accompany the goods entrusted to us by our customers.

    This common purpose mobilizes and motivates our teams, it distinguishes and commits us every day to the service of our customers.

    The vision of the Sogestran Group is also the values around which the group has developed since its creation. These values, which constitute the original culture of our group, are as follows:

    • Trust - We only have one word and act righteously
    • Agility - We dare to undertake and promote boldness
    • Pride - We work with pride and succeed with humility
    • Commitment - We do not count our efforts and always see things through

    The way we strive to be and act among ourselves, our customers and our partners is fundamental to us, to fully embody our purpose.

    Our history

    It was in Le Havre in 1948 that Edmond Girardet created the Sogestran River Management and Transport Company. Ambitious, determined and passionate, Sogestran was developed in short order: he acquired boats, modernized the fleet, diversified the activities, purchased stakes in many companies...

    In fifteen years, the small company of four people, equipped with two 320-ton self-propelled tankers at the outset, became an important inland navigation company.

    Click on the timeline below or drag to see key dates in the Sogestran Group's history:

    Creation of Sogestran


    Creation of Sogestran by Edmond Girardet

    First degassing station


    Diversification in the services to industries activity, with the creation of the first degassing station in a French port

    Sotrabel 1956


    Creation of a subsidiary in Ghent, Belgium

    First pushed fluvial convoy


    Maiden voyage of the first fluvial convoy (barge and pusher boat) on the Seine. On board, 3,000 tons of petroleum products.

    First river transport of cars


    First river transport of cars (up to 250 vehicles per convoy)

    First iron ore convoys


    First iron ore convoys between Dunkirk and Denain

    Fluvial transport of heavy parcels


    Launch of the fluvial transport of heavy parcels by roll barges and first pushed convoys on the Rhône

    Gérard Perrin


    Gérard Perrin is appointed Managing Director at Sogestran

    Coal transport on the Loire


    Start of coal transport by barge on the Loire

    First transport of Ariane IV rockets


    First transport of Ariane IV rockets on the Seine and creation of the fluvial transport company (CFT) by bringing together Sogestran and Sanara

    Creation of SEREP Sogestrol

    Faced with the growing success of road transport tanks and tank containers cleaning activity and the circulation difficulties that this entails, SEREP decided to relocate the truck cleaning activity to the industrial area in Le Havre port. In 1988, the activity was established within Sogestrol and SEP-SEREP-Sogestrol was created in a 50/50 joint venture, which later became TSN.

    Maritima - 1990


    Diversification of the group in the maritime transport business through the acquisition of Maritima, a company specializing in petrol cabotage in the Mediterranean

    Transportation of liquefied petroleum gas


    Beginning of the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas on the Rhône in partnership with Chemgas, a Dutch shipowner

    Routing the voussoir arches for the Pont de Normandie


    Routing and setting up the voussoir arches for the Pont de Normandie

    Container transport on the Seine


    Sogestran is the first French shipowner to offer container transport on the Seine through its subsidiary LogiSeine

    Creation of CARE


    In 1995, Sogestrol teamed up with three partners to create CARE, a company whose business is to store packaged hazardous chemicals. Located in the industrial and port area of Le Havre, CARE is 65% owned by Sogestrol.
    For 13 consecutive years, the activity was in deficit and it was not until 2008 that CARE finally found an economic balance. Due to the need for new investments that our co-shareholders refused, Sogestran became the sole shareholder of CARE with 100% of the shares in 2013.

    Creation of PMS Citernes


    Attentive to its tank container customers, the Sogestran Group recognized the market’s need for the creation of a specific site for the cleaning, maintenance and repair of tank containers. Customers must be able to find all the services they need to operate their container fleet on the same site. The Group therefore partnered with CMI Conteneurs in 2000, to create a company specializing in the repair of tank containers, PMS  Citernes, an activity encompassing the inspection, maintenance and small repairs of tanks. In addition to the cleaning activity provided by TSN, this gave rise to a ‘One Stop Shop’ structure.

    Construction of Annemasse in 2001


    Construction of the first double-hull tank barges for the Seine and the Rhône

    Pascal Girardet becomes Managing Director


    Pascal Girardet becomes Managing Director of the group

    Transportation of compacted household waste


    Start of the transportation of compacted household waste from the Communauté de l'Agglomération Havraise

    Tanks cleaning


    The year 2009 is marked by a vertiginous drop in the volumes of tanks being cleaned. In view of this, discussions were held with a company competing with TSN in the industrial area of Le Havre to ensure the sustainability of our activities.
    These exchanges were finalized by the integration of this site within TSN and the closure in 2010 of the LBC SOGESTROL cleaning station.

    The Libeccio


    Design and commissioning of a hybrid roll on / roll off barge dedicated to the transport of heavy parcels for the future ITER power station in Cadarache

    The Lapresta


    Inaugural loading of a barge with 6,500T of bitumen maintained at 180°C. Devised to sail between Belgium and Holland, it was specifically designed and built in partnership with the German shipowner Jaegers.

    Fluvial waste recycling centre in Lyon

    The city of Lyon and the Sogestran Group test a fluvial waste recycling centre: a first in Europe

    The MN Pelican and MN Calao


    Acquisition of the Compagnie Maritime Nantaise. This French shipowner operates specific vessels for reference customers such as the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the French Navy and Arianespace, for which it transported the Ariane rocket to Kourou.