regional business report – French reﬁt market
A Tale of
TB: Gentlemen. We’ve got massive growth in the market JC: No, we don’t work on warranty work with North
at the moment – are you seeing the same growth in reﬁt European shipyards. We prefer to work with (Owner,
demand? Owner’s team or management) when the boat is
delivered. Yes, there is growth but the (amount of) berths,
JC: Not really, but I will say that ITM has been growing and the marina situation, in the south of France remains
for a couple of years. So we are ending up today with the the same, and because (of that it can cause problems).
fruit of that labour and therefore it’s not really easy to
see the growth (due to new builds). But if I look at the TB: You’ve both pre-empted two of my questions – one
demand in the job, the reﬁt enquiries, on the computer was working in partnership, which you’ve talked about
on the net, there is once a month only a couple of and the other one is to do with berths. Does berth
demands for (work on) new boats. (The) growth came so shortage restrict your growth?
quickly and only started two years ago, so demands (from
new) boats these days is only haul out for anti-fouling JC: It’s a problem for everyone.
and the rest of the work is warranty (work for now.)
TWO VIEWS ON THE TB: So your increase comes two years after the builders’?
TB: Can we talk about this new development in
Marseille? (This is a new marina, with originally
FRENCH REFIT MARKET JC: Yes, the demand peak would be for the LR or ABS
competing tenders from Burgess on behalf of an investor,
and CMA-CGM the French container ship operator
(four-year surveys). – the world’s third largest – and cruise line operator.
The latter have, I had heard, won the tender. CMA CGM
While at the Antibes Show I had a chance to interview Jean-Christophe VL: At ﬁrst it’s different in La Ciotat because it’s (our) are also operators of the ill fated pirated Ponant, which
ﬁrst year. coincidentally turned up in Monaco Marine for haul-out.)
Lenoir of International Technic Marine, Marseille, and Vincent Larroque,
JC: The newspapers say that CGM won the tender
Manager of the Monaco Marine yard in La Ciotat. We discussed what TB: So your growth must be greater than the year before!
concerns reﬁt yards have – especially what French ones face – how (and VL: But (it will be completed) in ﬁve years and not before.
VL: (Laughs) Sure, of course. Because it’s the beginning
when) the massive growth in build volumes will affect them and much
for us in this market between 40 and 80 metres (demand TB: Because it’s a superyacht and gigayacht marina?
more. A new development on the rather distant horizon is also revealed. has) grown because we work a lot with new building And also a technical space, which is in dry dock no. 1
Distant it may be but it’s real enough and it will – being in Marseille – have yards, on guarantee work. (Europe’s largest)?
a positive effect for both yards; read on to learn more.
TB: Jean-Christophe, is it interesting for ITM to also JC: The dry dock no. 1 will be a technical space but for
work in partnership with North European shipyards? box ships and cruise liners.
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TB: So in fact they need to be quite careful with that (is the aim for all of us) in this business anyway – so who’s TB: The reﬁt business used to be highly seasonal. Is that TB: In-house project managers are key to a good reﬁt
development in that the ship repair facility does not tread the closest guy to the Owner? changing? yard. Are you ﬁnding it difﬁcult to ﬁnd enough of them?
or drop grinding dust on the superyacht marina?
TB: The captain. Sure! Are you ﬁnding that yachts JC: A lot, yes. I remember 10 years ago when we started, VL: I think we can say no. It’s difﬁcult, that’s right
JC: Exactly. coming to you for reﬁt are more prepared today than they it was…two intense months and right now we can say it’s because the industry gets bigger and bigger. Everybody
were before? a full eight months – (a) very active eight-month (season). wants someone with good qualiﬁcations. But you know
VL: But …this is not (only) about Marseilles. I think in (for the) yacht industry…we can ﬁnd some good guy from
Toulon it’s possible to have some (yacht berths), and we’d JC: (It’s) up and down! VL: Eight or nine. Last summer we were supposed to the ship industry because the size is similar – though the
like to develop Toulon for superyachts and the gigayachts. (close) – but (that) didn’t happen. quality is different, but we can (teach that).
TB: Are you ﬁnding any real changes in the way in TB: You know the classic envelope with a few scribbles
which reﬁt is being done today? Many more yachts are in on it? TB: Capacity has become an issue for building yards. Is it TB: Jean-Christophe you ﬁnd it easy to ﬁnd the people
management – are you therefore now dealing more with going to become an issue for reﬁt yards as well? you need?
managers than captains? JC: Sometimes they are more prepared…
VL: Yes, sure. At the moment you can see in your annual JC: It’s not easy – but yes, we are pretty happy with the
VL: In fact for this ﬁrst year (though) we have three VL: But it’s better than before. report there are more than 140 yacht deliveries at more team we are building up at the moment. It’s a matter of
different customer (types): captain alone, building than 40 metres. (How long will that continue?) For a long will, of spirit, of culture, you need to have of course an
shipyard and management company. We work more with TB: Do you have any advice for captains coming into time? For ﬁve to ten years? engineering or similar background (and) surely (beyond)
captains alone, and with new builds. Why? In fact Monaco reﬁt? That is, what they should be thinking about, what that you (need) to understand what the yacht is and what
Marine La Ciotat is completely new (so) we have to go the right approach is, and the best way to make it smooth TB: So eventually the reﬁt yards will have capacity issues. it’s expecting from you. (We also need to) know he’s not
step by step and at the moment…some management and easy for everyone? Are we going to get to the stage where you’re going to keen to work only eight hours a day!
companies (tell) us, OK, we want to see one year (of have to plan reﬁt very much in advance? Perhaps even TB: Hmm you should hire people from magazines, we don’t
output), we want to see what you can be. JC: First of all it’s to come as a partnership. (You came from the day you launch the boat you should be planning do that either. But seriously, sub-contractor capacity (again
here) because you made the…choice for (whatever) the reﬁt and making the bookings to make sure you have as the business and demand grows) will it become an issue?
JC: The captain we always get, the last two… reason. So then you start the partnership. The best way a slot. Can you see that happening?
to do it is full communication and therefore it’s an open VL: We have to help the contractors (and) we have to
TB: So, you’re not dealing so much with managers? book every day – meeting every single day when you’ve JC: Well with ITM it’s a little bit different, because we (oversee) the sub-contractors…
got a worry… let’s talk about (it) very quickly. (can) use the four dry docks we’ve got in Marseille (and
JC: Yes we do. (With) the growth…management are if) it’s for a gigayacht reﬁt we can build up a team and we JC: It can become an issue very quickly. That’s something
getting so busy, at the moment I know they start to TB: Catch it early? can do it…anywhere in Europe in fact. we have to watch (out for).
employ new superintendents or new ofﬁcers to support
the chief. But what is important in yachting is (to please JC: Yes, and you’ve got language problems sometimes, so
and) entertain the owner. (Keeping) the owners happy just make sure you’ve got proper communication for the
(good) of the project.
VL: For us of course…to respect (the) delivery date is
very important. But I’m surprised when I speak to some
captains: I (ask) what do you think about this shipyard?
They (say) “It’s clean”. And I think it’s important in
this industry to be clean. It’s always the ﬁrst part. (Yet)
sometimes I am surprised because I say OK, it’s clean but
it’s not really the (work), it’s not really the quality that you
mention…(even though) it’s important.
TB: Yes, that’s interesting – it’s important but not, I
think, the most important thing. Yet perhaps it’s the most
VL: And a very important point for us I think and for
this industry: you have a yacht, you have a captain and
you have the crew. And we have to help the crew, to give
(them) information (help) them to ﬁnd something to
do…during the weekends.
Monaco Marine’s facilities
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TB: And then you may reach a point where you have to
use guys who aren’t maybe quite as good, just to get the
job done? So, you have to somehow get them to lift their Regional
JC: Yes, or you have to employ more and more foremen
for each speciality. (If you do) I believe you can employ,
for example, a baker or someone similar and still build
up a good team (as long as) they are well managed.
VL: In fact it’s important that the (demand) is more
and more in the south of France (for) reﬁt and repair FRANCE and SPAIN
(so) now…contractors work more and more on yachts,
(so gain) more and more (yacht experience).
TB: One question I saved for the end – I think its
quite interesting: if you were talking to shipyards and Despite important and globally
designers and made a wish list, what would you ask significant maritime exploration and
them to do in the design and build process to make it
Naval histories, reputation and tradition
easier to reﬁt? Often – I’m thinking of interiors – it’s
impossible to get at anything without destruction. (not to mention perpetual warring
at sea with each other), France and
JC: Keep it the way it is, I always say. I get paid money for
Tork it’s easier, but it’s not enough. We need Spain (and indeed the UK) are no
to (quality control ourselves too) again, because we are in longer major volume builders of larger
the shipyard ten hours a day while he’s not always there.
superyachts. However, while they
TB: That’s a good point ¬ I like that. What do you think
TB: What about the ISO standard that’s been talked haven’t the build numbers of Italy,
of that ever painful topic, paint? There are lots of experts
about? the LOAs of the German gigas or the
and specialists and consultants and lawyers. Are they
coming into the process earlier and does that help? perceived ‘pedigree” of Holland, they
JC: Too many rules will kill the job. When you are a
shipyard it’s a matter of skill, of professionalism, but it’s do produce major and award-winning
VL: For us, yes. We work with a surveyor because paint
(is) a very difﬁcult job and the problem with (ﬁnish is) it’s
(also) a matter of feeling, especially these days when the builds as well as being very important
(lead times) are getting shorter and shorter so we have to refit bases. Here we look at two of
so subjective. That means somebody can say oh it’s super,
be careful with all these ISO standards.
it’s perfect. Another one says it’s awful. And that’s the those three naval scrappers,
problem for our industry to have more (standards).
TB: What about plans for expansion or change within France and Spain.
your two yards? Yours is brand new Vincent but Jean-
TB: Is it easier for you to have a very ﬁrm speciﬁcation
Christophe you’ve got a shed coming?
and consultants involved from the beginning or does it
make it harder? My feeling is, it should be easier, but is it
JC: Sheds are coming… they will be ﬁnished in the
next couple of months measuring 100 metres long by 26
I t will be seen that in both countries, and even
more so in Spain, reﬁt is the main superyacht
activity although there are new build yards very
In innovative yachting terms the ﬁrst pod-
propelled yacht handed over was Kogo from
Alstom/Chantiers Atlantique. Sadly, momentum
metres high and 80 metres wide. active in the size range of 24 to 35 metres and was lost after that build when the yard was
VL: Yes, I think so.
above. Reﬁt is also an activity that concentrates bought by Akker Finyards. That company’s CEO
TB: And Vincent? on the shores of the Med, yet not exclusively. is a yachtsman and former owner of Reverie
JC: It should be easier because someone has (deﬁned) for
The 90-metre plus ITM repaint in La Rochelle last yet – or maybe because of being a superyacht
you. (Neither) side can cross the line – crossing the line is
VL: We have another project because we want to expand year showed that Atlantic ports too can serve owner – Akker decided to let the yacht-building
always bad news as you end up with (talking to the ref!).
the area. At the moment we have places for (eight yachts) speciﬁcally for the 100-metre plus yachts. ITM idea slide. The yard 30 Mètres Plus Yachts, as
So, when the paint consultant is the ref it’s good. But
to be hauled out, by September we will be increasing that has another very large reﬁt project (in scope and you will read below, who have appeared before
once again the paint consultant has to know his job very
to 20. LOA) under way this year and later if we can in our Annual Report, is looking at sustainable
achieve permission we will tell you a lot more yachting using some very unusual materials.
TB: Thank you very much gentlemen. about that one. France has always tended to the Couach have two high-speed exotic composite
TB: He has to really be an expert.
Photos of Jean-Christophe Lenoir and Vincent Larroque innovative design of the Citroën Maserati as a 50-metre yachts under way. JFA last year
by Nicola Tyler ﬁne example of just how outré French systems produced the award-winning yacht Bystander,
and design can be. one whose overall quality and interior ﬁnish
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rivalled other yards in Northern Europe. The challenge produced high-quality builds like Syl and Alarife, while CMN have recently developed a new range of motor
for French yards is to prevail and expand in a working Oassive have quietly been working up from their ﬁrst yachts: the CMN Line 60 with two units currently under
environment which mandates (at least until M Sarkozy steel 70-footer. Still new building was rocky at one large construction – Slipstream and Project 802. Studied in
gets his way) a 36-hour week and massive social shipyard, as the abortive attempts to make a yacht yard cooperation with the designer Andrew Winch, both 60-
security charges. Yet CMN are successfully (if rather within Izar in Cadiz proved. Three yachts were built but m projects are evolutions of the 58-m (190-ft) Netanya
too quietly in a PR sense) producing 50-metre plus labour and other problems within the Izar State ship- 8, launched back in February 2007, but with a longer
builds and CNB have long been innovative builders of building group meant they were both the ﬁrst and the and deeper hull creating a full height bilge deck under
the larger sailing yacht. However, the cost of labour last of the breed. guest and crew accommodation. Slipstream has been
need not be a barrier to progress as Holland – and to modiﬁed to suit the owner’s particular requirements
a lesser extent Germany’s – massive success shows, Sometimes it seems that ﬁne cruising grounds (in and Project 802 (below) will have a unique customised
despite very high employment costs. which both France and Spain abound) imply – for interior.
no rational reason – more reﬁt and less new build
Spain has a few yards building over 40 metres, including activity. Nevertheless, there are exceptions such as CMN say their main goal is to develop the CMN
a well-known but totally secret project under way New Zealand, which has both in spades. In fact there Line 60, using a proven hull design and engineering
well above that size, on the Atlantic coast – another is little reason I can imagine why both France and package, which can be customised to the requirements
project that in the fullness of time we hope to cover. Spain should not expand and solidify their share of the of the clients wishes along with a reduced build time.
Two of the best known and oldest reﬁt yards are to be 40-metre plus build market in due time. Here then we The shipyard is also preparing for larger versions in the
found in Spain. On the mainland is MB’92 (15 this year offer a look at the major players in reﬁt and new build coming years, with “greener” characteristics, increased
along with TYR) and Astilleros de Mallorca in Palma. in France and Spain. comfort and ease of operation for crew.
There are new build yards such as Vulkan spinning Tork Buckley
Recent reﬁt work at Classic Works include the 80-
up to speed and Barcos Deportivos who have always
m classic motoryacht Talitha G, designed by Cox &
Stephens and built by Krupp (Germany) in 1927, and
a 33-m ketch and 31-m motoryacht. Work on Talitha
G has seen Classic Works sub-contracted to build two
new funnels, each one measuring approximately 5 m
high by 4.5 m fore and aft, which were transported to
New build yard 30 Mètres Plus Yachts is staying true
Hamburg where the vessel is being reﬁtted. The yard is
to its dedicated, completely environmentally friendly
also designing and building new deck boxes and new
build processes with their current yacht constructions,
bowsprit shrouds for the vessel.
which are covered with a natural non-tropical wood
above the waterline, impregnated under pressure with
The 31-m motoryacht Blue Bird (built in 1937 at Goole
only organic vegetable oil, along with all the synthetic
Shipbuilding and designed by GL Watson) came to
products on board replaced by natural, untreated,
their yard in La Ciotat via work on Talitha G, where
ecologically friendly, recyclable products. However,
they have undertaken a number of jobs on the vessel
as if all that wasn’t enough their construction sheds,
at their yard. The 33-m steel ketch Bushido below,
ofﬁces, furniture (and literally all things at their yard,
meanwhile, had been with them at the yard all winter,
including meals) are also being built /made in all natural workshops and its painting rooms in regards to yacht A new contract has been signed by CNB for the
having designed and carried out minor underwater
materials. reﬁt work and transformation (structural modiﬁcation, construction of a 95-ft sistership to their Grand Bleu
modiﬁcations to improve her performance under power
lengthening, thrusters installation, swimming platforms, Vintage yacht, which is due to be delivered very shortly
and many small improvements both inside and on
As a small company that is only four years old their etc). this year and a CNB 86-footer to be delivered in spring
sales are as of yet non-existent until their ﬁrst yacht 2009. The new 86-footer is the second CNB built yacht
proves their capabilities and competence. With their CIM Shipyard took a stand at the Mumbai International for the owner who also chose the “Grand Bleu Vintage”
dedication to green issues the yard cannot move Boat Show this year. The Rochefort based yard concept as the basis of his yacht. In fact the Grand
forward as quickly as the large yacht groups, but their specialises in large custom yachts, catamarans and Bleu Vintage is the ﬁrst of a family of yachts which now
goal is to ultimately make greener yachts, not green monohulls, sail and motor, from 20–45 m (67-148 ft) includes four series: the CNB 86-ft, the CNB 95-ft,
cash. At the current time they have one 40-metre yacht and have expanded their range of Maxi 92 and 115-ft the CNB 105-ft and the CNB 117-ft all designed by
in build (right), due for launching in 2009, which, as sail yachts with a Maxi 88, opposite top left (launched Philippe Briand.
they say, will speak for itself. last year). They also build Islander sailing catamaran’s
in lengths of 85, 100 and 115 ft and the Lifestyle Construction of a new French America’s Cup boat is
As the ﬁrst reﬁt yard in France to be certiﬁed to ISO motor-powered catamaran range, built in 25-m, 30-m under way at Compositeworks (yard pictured overleaf
14001 two years ago the facilities of Chantier Naval and 35-m LOAs. The yard is currently developing two top), as well as the mast stepping of Mirabella V. To
CYSTEM have developed with ﬁve slipways able to new ranges of catamarans (sailing and power ones) in keep up with this demand Compositeworks are building
haul out yachts from 20 to 50 metres. The Sainte collaboration with Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design, but a new 2,000-ton yacht-lifting platform, a new travel lift,
Marguerite based shipyard offers expertise within its despite this, CIM reports no superyacht projects either and a new 10,000-m2 hard standing equipped platform
design ofﬁce, its woodwork, carpentry and mechanical under construction or in the pipeline at the current time. for vessels up to 40 m with a keel pit for sail yachts.
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delivered in the summer of 2010. Designed by naval
architects Joubert-Nivelt, the new 47-m will encompass
distinctive design features such as a spacious saloon
located behind the bridge – surrounded by full height
windows – a panoramic gymnasium on her upper
deck, and a helicopter platform, all within a yacht
ice notation. In addition to this new order one OCEA
Commuter 108 and one OCEA Classic 85 are currently
under construction at the OCEA Shipyard. They are
both scheduled for delivery this summer.
At Monaco Marine’s La Ciotat yard, whose operations
began in April 07 with a full schedule for winter 07/08,
Following the news of their largest yacht currently it will bring the company into a good position in the the company has been busy working on the Golden
under construction at the French yard – the 5000 Fly rapidly growing catamaran market. H2X is able to build Fleet (Golden Odyssey and Golden Shadow), which
(see issue 90) – the Couach company has now teamed customised yachts up to 55 m and has several future have spent four months at the shipyard for a total paint
up (via Couach’s International Marine Service (IMS) projects in the pipeline, details of which have not yet job and maintenance work. The 63-m motoryacht
yard) with Finnish sailboat group Nautor Swan, in order been released. Cedar Sea II (above), originally built by Feadship’s Royal
to open up a new superyacht service yard on the south van Lent yard in 1986, is also currently undergoing
coast of France. This is in part due to demand of work Renowned reﬁt yard ITM currently hs no less than 10 work at the yard, while in the Beaulieu sur Mer facility
and the scope of vessels coming into their yard at IMS. reﬁt projects at their yard simultaneously undergoing Romara has spent 14 months there for a total reﬁt
The ﬁrst Blubay 92-footer (above) was launched
Nautor and Couach/IMS have formed the company various reﬁt works. Some of these include projects of over a million euros that included new hydraulics,
at the end of April from Yachts Industries (which
Yachting Service Excellence Center (YSEC), which will such as a 130-m/426-ft motoryacht undergoing a full electricity, plumbing, carpentry, painting, and
encompasses both Yapluka Yachts and Blubay Yachts).
open a service yard at an ex-military base in Saint- paint job, engineering work and interior work; a 213- redesigning of crew quarters among other things.
At 28 metres, with a 13-m beam, the catamaran
Mandrier by the end of 2009 or by the beginning of footer which is having a paint job, machinery work and features a hydraulic platform that can slowly and
2010, which will include a painting area and two travel special survey carried out, and an 80 m and 60 m, OCEA Shipyard, located in Les Sables d’Olonne on
smoothly place guests into the water. This will be the
lifts capable of lifting yachts up to 50 m. This yard will which are both undergoing special surveys also. the French Atlantic Coast and builder of the OCEA
perfect way to enjoy the warm waters of the Med, the
operate in addition to IMS’s current activities. Commuter Yacht Series, has recently signed a contract
Caribbean, the Southern Paciﬁc, and Indian Ocean,
for the ﬁrst OCEA Commuter 155 yacht (below) to be
where this yacht is destined to sail with guests or
A partnership was announced at the latter end of charter passengers on board. With this Blubay 92,
last year between H2X Yachts & Ships and Nahema Yachts Industries have entered into a new era, which
to construct a 35-m sailing catamaran (below). The will shortly be followed up by the Blubay 95-footer
brain behind the exterior design is Gilles Vaton, while when she touches water this spring/summer. The 95-
the interior has been designed by Franck Darnet. footer will be exhibited at Cannes and Monaco Yacht
Construction is taking place at the H2X premises in Show this year, highlighting the yard’s skills. Additionally
La Ciotat, where they will construct a vessel that will their ﬁrst Yapluka 85-ft Double Decker is also under
have more than three times the deck and interior space construction at the yard and will be launched in March
than a single-hull of the same size. With two motorised 2009 while their in-house design and engineering
catamarans (30 m and 26 m) under the belt of H2X studio is currently working on the development of a few
and with this Nahema 120 due be launched in 2009, further projects.
Following their success with Bystander, JFA has been
chosen to carry out reﬁt work on the 29.77-m Jongert
sailing yacht, Scarena (above), which was ﬁrst built
back in 1995. Work includes painting to her hull and
superstructure, a new teak deck, engine and genset
dismounting for maintenance and further general
maintenance jobs concerning her technical features
(such as air conditioning, electricity, hydraulics etc).
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remodelling the port zone, adapting the various areas
Spain and buildings, with a total budget of almost 30 million
euros as well. The new facilities will have a wharf
surface of three hectares for repairing vessels aﬂoat, a
Astilleros Armon completed their 33-m explorer new 4,000 synchrolift for yachts, and a refurbishment
superyacht Atana in October last year and following trials of a 200-metre covered dry dock area for the use of
was delivered to her Spanish owner. Atana is powered megayachts only.
by twin 600-hp engines and can sleep six crew and
eight guests. The shipyard is also known for yachts such The largest motor cruiser being built to date by
as Belgravia, Elba and Messeret, and in total has an Monty North yard, in Barcelona, has been under way
area of 34,000 m2 for construction – 5,000 of which are since January this year. The steel hull and aluminium
covered, with three shipways and dry docks of 71, 97 superstructure of the 28.5-m motor yacht (below) has
and 124 metres respectively and one outﬁtting dock of been designed by Benetti Sail Division with a classical
300 metres. displacement shape that includes a round stern and Vulkan Shipyard (above), located in Sagunto, 10 miles
a butterﬂy bow. However, Monty North’s version of north of Valencia, is still a fairly new venture having
Based in Alicante Spain, new build yard Astilleros the Benetti Sail Division design also has a beefed up started their activities back in March 2007. Despite this
Astondoa currently has three composite 31.5-m/102- speciﬁcation built under Lloyd’s supervision. The Monty the facility have worked on plenty of reﬁt projects and
m long) in order to improve mooring facilities and give
ft motoryachts under construction at their yard, which North 28.5-m is being built for a Spanish owner whose already signed their ﬁrst new build contract to construct
better service to bigger yachts. The yard is currently
have also been designed by Astondoa – unfortunately present yacht is a frequent customer of the yard’s reﬁt and a 40.27-m aluminium motoryacht. Designed with
restoring a classic 33.5-m 1920s’ sailing schooner, No.
no further information was available from the yard. maintenance facilities. Monty North expects to deliver this transatlantic capacity she will be built to class and the
6 Texel (above, formerly No. 4 of London), which began
new yacht to her owner next summer. MCA LY-2 code, and is due for launching at the end of
in 2006 and will be completed this summer.
Work began in April 2007 at Barcos Deportivos on a
The shipyard is outﬁtted with all equipment necessary
12,000-m2 extension to the yard, which when completed
to build luxury yachts and with an investment near to 18
will enhance their reﬁt and repair capability and also
million euros Vulkan hopes in the future for an annual
allow BD to increase its new build work rate from one
production of two to three aluminium yachts in the
yacht every two years to two every year. The expansion
range of 35–50 mand have been in negotiations to build
should also allow the yard to be able to build yachts
another 40-m aluminium yacht already.
in composite materials as large as 42 m. The yard
expansion is part of a bigger expansion programme to
It is clear that both France and Spain are key reﬁt
develop the new Puerto Tarraco superyacht harbour in
countries and are taking steps to keep this service
Tarragona’s commercial port.
aﬂoat with facility upgrades and expansions. Moves are
Two composite motoryachts are reportedly under way also being made towards more and larger new builds,
After 15 years of activity MB’92 is planning to extend its
Having won the Superyacht Award in 2008 for Best at the Oassive yard – a 41.8-m/137-ft and 42-m/138-ft, with new yards focusing their attention on this activity.
dry dock and berthing facilities (below). Work is aimed
Reﬁtted Yacht with the 31-m Blue Bird (above) (re- designed by Acubens and Gatto respectively both for All in all, the level is consistently growing, and whether
to be completed within ﬁve years, which will double
delivered in 2007), reﬁt yard Astilleros de Mallorca Spanish owners. Unfortunately no further information is this is in line with the overall market growth, only time
its current shipyard capacity, increase production and
certainly had something to celebrate. The judges currently available. will tell.
allow an ever-growing number of services to be applied
believed that exceptional work of reconstruction had
to yachts. This growth will also create at least 30 new
been carried out. It seems the research, dedication,
jobs for staff and 500 indirect jobs for sub-contractors.
craftsmanship and cost of this project were all quite
MB’92 will be making important investments in
outstanding and the result has transformed a yacht
that was originally designed by GL Watson for speed
ace Sir Donald Campbell in 1937 into a better than
new condition, while seamlessly incorporating all the
amenities and comforts of modern life on board with the
help of Bannenberg Designs.
In summer last year work was carried out on the exterior
slipways at Atollvic’s new build and reﬁt yard to allow
for the launching and hauling out of large catamarans.
Both slipways are now parallel and on the same level
so can accommodate a catamaran with a beam of 18
m, at 55 m LOA. Further facility work sees the building
Photo: Siqui Sanchez
and installing of a ﬂoating pier along the main quay (55
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