June 22 2020
On Friday 19th June, the Fountaine-Pajot Yard, well known for its cruising catamarans but also for its Dufour monohull sailing boats, was the target of a computer attack.
This attack affected its computer systems but also part of its operations, directly linked to IT.
In a press release issued this morning, the shipyard, based in the suburbs of La Rochelle (western coast of France), said it was mobilising its teams to maintain activity and allow a return to normal as quickly as possible.
This computer hacking comes at a pivotal moment for the site, which is in full swing following the restart of its production sites, following their shutdown during the containment of the Covid 19 epidemic, a shutdown that caused a very long delay in delivery.
If the first half of Fountaine-Pajot's activity had resulted in a 20.1% growth in business, driven by multihulls - the Dufour brand is struggling to redefine its distribution strategy - this growth will logically be cut this year by 2 months of non-production, making up for lost production seeming almost impossible.
This hacking comes 2 weeks after a hack at Honda, in Japan, which had affected part of its operations, particularly in the navy, the Japanese engine manufacturer being one of the key players in the outboard engine market.