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									                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                         obvious aspect?

                                                                         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
           game higher.

           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
           refitting boats!
                                                                           to (quality control ourselves too) again, because we are in                                                          longer major volume builders of larger
           (General laughter)
                                                                           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
           in practice?
                                                                           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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   this year.

                                                                        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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