The new CEO of Blohm+Voss, Fred van Beers, recently addressed all 1,100 of his employees to announce details of an aggressive new investment plan that has been prepared over the past few months in conjunction with Star Capital and the board of directors.
Fred van Beers announced that he will be executing a number of changes over the next 12 months to refresh the superyacht sector of the historic Blohm + Voss shipyard.
The company currently boasts a build portfolio of nearly 1,000 vessels across its 138-year history as well as a track record of complex refits and conversions.
Much of the new investment and development work will be focused on the superyacht sector in order to strengthen the company’s position as one of the world’s most well known builders.
Three main keystones in the brand’s new development plan as set out by Fred can be seen below:
Creation of a dedicated superyacht division
Historically, new construction projects were managed independently from refit and repair activity. The full integration of both areas will ensure that clients benefit from a wider range of expertise and sharing of knowledge as well as a far more comprehensive offering throughout the lifecycle of the yacht.
The yacht division will be based in Hamburg with the aim to bring all of the naval architecture, ship theory, project management and engineering expertise together in one location. Blohm+Voss’s goal is to offer customers the possibility of a ‘one stop shop’ for the whole lifecycle of their yacht.
Further investment in the BV80 project
The tank testing, class approvals and detailed engineering phase have all been completed and the first vessel is now ready to begin construction. The next step will see further investment in steel and major components to ensure new clients are able to take delivery of a customised 80m yacht in 30 months from the contract date.
A new superyacht lifecycle management and lifetime warranty
Development of a new lifecycle service is already well under way. Blohm+Voss claims that with their vast experience in the construction, maintenance, repair and operation of commercial vessels, they are in a unique position to help clients reduce operating costs considerably through the integration of continuous monitoring equipment into new yachts and the remote management of maintenance and repair schedules.
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