HydrOcean in brief


An innovative start-up to meet your needs in the marine and numerical simulation fields

HydrOcean is a young innovative company established in July 2007 by Erwan Jacquin, engineer and PhD graduate from the Ecole Centrale Nantes (French engineering college), formerly employed as an expert in Resistance and Propulsion of Ships at the Bassin d'essais des carènes (DGA).
The company offers design support in the maritime field, through the use of innovative numerical simulation tools.

On September 8th, 2015 HydrOcean was acquired by Bureau Veritas. Bureau Veritas is a large and diverse group, headquartered and listed in Paris, with a market capitalisation of circa €9 billion. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 66,500 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the world. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

Hydrocean’s mission is to provide the greatest advantage possible to its clients, offering a large range of specific tools focused on the maritime field.


HydrOcean aims to increase its activity in the numerical simulation sector by 20% over the next 3 years

Due to the benefits brought by the latest generation tools (cost reduction, reliability, time-saving…), industrial demand is extremely high in this domain and constant growth is forecast for the future. A recent study, realized by a specialist Anglo-Saxon consultancy, Daratech, evaluates the growth of this activity at 18% for the next 3 years. HydrOcean aims to take advantage of this situation applying its techniques to business sectors currently in boom (naval, offshore, yachting, marine power) in order to increase its turnover and to develop international business.

Winner of the 9th national competition for the facilitation of business startups using innovative technologies

HydrOcean was a winner in 2007, in the Creation Development category, of the 9th Concours national d’aide à la création d’entreprises de technologies innovantes organized by the higher education and research ministry. It rewards and fosters the development of innovative CFD software by HydrOcean, which is based on a particule method (SPH-Flow).
This tool will enable us to meet industrial needs that current tools cannot do.


Support from numerous bodies guaranteeing our development

HydrOcean has been supported, since its set up, by many agencies which help to ensure its growth and its development.The major supporting organisms are: Atlanpole (the regional Pays de la Loire technologic incubator), Total development, OSEO,...


New opportunities for the future
The development of innovative simulation tools such as the computation code SPH-Flow, which is a real technical breakthrough in comparison with current tools, opens up major development prospects for HydrOcean in the near future.

Legal organization

HydrOcean is a SAS (société par action simplifiée) with a capital of 125k€.
HydrOcean has a scientific council, which defines and validates its strategy. This board is composed of recognized scientists from the Ecole Centrale Nantes, the DGA (Ministery of Defence) and private research laboratories.

100% subsidiary of the Group Bureau Veritas.


Team of hydrodynamics and numerical simulation experts

HydrOcean’s team is composed of highly qualified experts(engineering graduates from recognised institutions and/or PhD graduates) in numerical simulation. Moreover  the team has a strong naval background.


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