Dutch yacht builder Feadship has announced its intention to open a new construction and refit facility in Amsterdam. The announcement comes after Feadship’s Symphony won the World Superyacht Award, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to meeting “a growing demand for ever-larger 100m+ Feadships.”
The new facility in Amsterdam will be the second yard to be run by Royal Van Lent, which will also continue to operate its Kaag Island yard at full capacity. The two facilities will share the same management team and corporate culture, with 450 skilled employees from a wide range of outfitting and refit disciplines moving between the facilities as and when required. A further 150 new jobs will be created for highly skilled yacht builders, a demand which the firm say will part be met by the award-winning Feadship training schools and give a considerable boost to the Dutch capital’s economy.
The new yard in Amsterdam will bring the total number of Feadship facilities in the Netherlands to four. Feadship has worked closely with the Amsterdam municipality and port authorities in finding the prime new location, 20 minutes away from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport.
Jan-Bart Verkuyl, director at Feadship, commented “We are delighted to have found such an excellent spot to open this new facility. The ever-increasing demands for pure custom Feadships and the desire among clients to own very large yachts of Feadship quality make this a logical next step in the future-proofing of our organisation.
“Along with Makkum yard, Feadship now has two facilities capable of building superyachts of well over 100 metres. This is especially pertinent with Symphony – the largest Feadship launched to late – winning the prestigious World Superyacht Award. The luxury yacht market is evolving and, as we have done for decades, Feadship continues to lead the way.”
The new yard is set to open in 2019, with foundations being laid this summer and construction beginning in 2017. The yard will [SA1] include a giant 5,500sqm construction hall with a height of 28m, along with a dry dock and ten separate workshops. The Amsterdam yard’s length of 170m will be able to accommodate new builds of up to 160m along with refits of existing Feadships.
At the same time as the build of the new Amsterdam yard commences, the Kaag Island facility and its waterfront will be given a comprehensive refurbishment. The Kaag yard will remain the primary hub of operations for Royal van Lent and the first port of call for meeting potential new clients.
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