The merits for which he receives this high distinction recognize the “remarkable services rendered to France” by the president of Boluda Corporación Marítima and “the professional career of the Valencian shipowner and businessman, as a business example in the international field”
The award demonstrates Vicente Boluda’s commitment to France following the purchase in 2007 of the towage company Les Abeilles, renamed Boluda France since that year
The subsidiary of Boluda Towage’s international division plays a crucial role in safety and operations in French maritime waters and ports and in its overseas territories in the Indian Ocean and on the west coast of Africa
The event was attended by family members, as well as by former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González, friends and employees
Paris, June 16 2022. The former president of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy in the period 2007-2012 has conferred today in Paris to the president of Boluda Corporación Marítima, Vicente Boluda Fos, the medal of Knight of the Legion of Honor.
The merits for which the Valencian shipowner receives this high distinction from the French Republic acknowledge the “remarkable services rendered to France” and “the professional career of the Valencian shipowner and businessman, as a business example in the international field”.
This recognition demonstrates the commitment of Vicente Boluda Fos in the neighboring country, where Boluda France, a subsidiary of the international towing division Boluda Towage, plays a crucial role in the safety of operations in French waters and ports, as well as in countries on the west coast of Africa. Boluda France was created in 2007 following the acquisition of the French company Les Abeilles, whose activity dates back to 1864.
The event took place this afternoon at the Pavillon Vendôme in the French capital, which was attended by about 250 people, including family, friends of the Valencian shipowner, employees and authorities, including the former Prime Minister of Spain, Felipe González; the Spanish Ambassador to France, Victorio Redondo; the Minister of Finance of the Valencia Regional Government, Arcadi España; the President of the Provincial Council of Valencia, Antoni Gaspar, and the President of the Port Authority of Valencia, Aurelio Martínez.
In his speech after receiving the award, Vicente Boluda began his address with these words: “Mr. President, thank you dear friends for being here tonight. Today I receive two honors: This decoration, of course, is the most prestigious of all. For a Spanish businessman who has been working in France for fifteen years, this is the most wonderful distinction. There is nothing like it in the world for me. The second honor is you, Mr. President: you accepted to present this decoration, a further proof of your great attachment to my country, Spain”.
The Spanish businessman stressed that Nicolas Sarkozy has “done a lot for our country in the past and does so even today. They say there is no love, there is only proof of love. With respect to Spain you have shown us so much! Thank you Mr. President! our two countries are destined to work together, of that I am convinced. You have in front of you many Spanish friends who have admired your work and who also feel very honored by your presence tonight. We are very proud to have you here with us”.
Vicente Boluda referred to his family in this event, emphasizing that “for you as for me, family is sacred. This Legion of Honor does not belong to me alone, and I want to dedicate it to the one I am thinking of deeply tonight: my grandfather who, more than a hundred years ago, dared to embark on this adventure”.
On the other hand, Boluda emphasized that “I have always loved France”, pointing out that his mother’s surname Fos “comes from a village in the Haute-Garonne on the slopes of the Pyrenees” and recalling his first summers in Biarritz, “the first at only four months old”.
Regarding the purchase of the tugboat company Les Abeilles in 2007, the president of Boluda Towage, the international tugboat division of Boluda Corporación Marítima, stressed that “at that time people told me I was crazy, that we would fail. History has shown that one had to be crazy not to buy it. Today the company is stable, profitable and prosperous. From the beginning,” he added, “I wanted Boluda France to be an authentically French company”.
The recipient of the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal wished to share this distinction with his children and employees, “who with their work and passion have contributed to make the company what it is today, a company present in 22 countries, with a towing division, Boluda Towage, in 100 port