La Ciotat Shipyards has announced plans for a €100 million investment in a 40.000 sqm facility to increase the capacity of the hub by up to two times by 2022. Owned by Semidep-Ciotat, the publicly-traded company is now looking for up to 3 partners to co-invest in this development.

Up to three partners are supposed to share in the construction of a new platform aimed towards the maintenance of superyachts of over 80 meters length. This project is aimed to strengthen the yard’s competitiveness in this particular size segment. The actual technology is still to be chosen, depending on the needs of the future investors, according to the company’s CEO, Jean-Yves Saussol: “We have been in touch with a number of companies, such as Synchrolift - Norwegian supplier of shipyard productions technology - , and once we have appointed the partners, then we will decide on the right technology for the project.”

The minimum investment has been set at €8 million per lot. In return, the participants will be granted a 35-year operating concession, which is the longest that can be offered within the current law, the company's executives claim. The closing date for tenders is February 2, 2018.

La Ciotat Shipyards has strategic partners that may be willing to contribute to this most recent project, such as the German shipbuilding and engineering company Blohm + Voss. The latter had won the public bid for reconfiguring a 200m by 60m dry dock for refit and repair in France, that eventually opened in April 2017. With a maximum vessel length of 195 meters, it is able to service the world’s largest superyachts.

At present the company enjoys a 10% market share of the global superyacht refit industry and boasts a 2000-tons shiplift capacity, expected to go up to 4,000-tons with this investment.

Latest News

52m Lind Sold by Burgess
Representing both the seller and buyer, Burgess has sold the 52 meter superyacht Lind. Lind was delivered by Amels in 2010. She is the sixth hull of the Amels 171 series. Her last refit happened in 2020. The steel and aluminum yacht features an exterior design by Tim Heywood, while her warm and welcoming interior was drawn by Laura Sessa. She features a large hot tub with sunpads on the sundeck, the sky lounge can be used as a cinema or family room, and an extensive selection of water toys. The main saloon has a spacious and comfortable L-shaped sofa, a dining table located on the front. Lind can welcome up to 11 guests in five cabins, including the full beam master suite on the main deck with a private office, lounge area, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with hot tub. She is powered by MTU engines of 2000 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots and has a range of 4,500 nautical miles. Lind’s last known asking price was EUR26,950,000.Credits: Yacht Harbour archive
Video of the Day: Amels 60 Project Witchcraft Started Sea Trial
The Amels 60 Project Witchcraft headed out for her first set of sea trials on the wintry North Sea. This 60-meter Amels Limited Editions is the second yacht from this all-new design series of which six yachts have been sold so far. The superyacht features exterior design by Espen Oeino and has a Gross Tonnage of 830 GT. Her timeless and elegant interior was designed by Canadian studio Burdifilek. She can welcome 12 guests and 12 crew. Project Witchcraft features hybrid power and propulsion technology, and the overall design focuses on the onboard user experience. There is an emphasis on space throughout with the large sun deck, swim platform and folding owners suite balcony and even space for a 9-meter luxury tender to be stowed on the foredeck. <iframe width=560 height=315 src= title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>The project was sold by Moran Yacht & Ship and in early 2023 she will be setting sail for warmer climates and a busy charter season. Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.Credits: Damen Yachting
Inside 80 Sunreef Power Pronto
The 80 Sunreef Power Pronto is one of the latest Sunreef Yachts launches. According to the shipyard, ‘everything from beach-inspired décor, technical features to thoughtful custom layouts make this a perfect yacht for private holidays and exclusive charters’.Pronto's bright interiors feature natural fabrics, teak floors and relaxing color schemes. The saloon has an extensive seating area with two large L-shaped sofas, a dining table, a bar, a desk and a steering wheel placed in the forward part. Panoramic windows and skylights let plenty of natural light into the main deck.The door in the bow of the saloon opens directly onto the bow deck across the entire width of the catamaran with oversized sun loungers and a sunken seating area with hot tub.Pronto can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests across four en-suite cabins, decorated in a soothing style with natural wood and navy blue upholstery. Pronto's layout includes a spacious master cabin, as well as three cabins.The superyacht-sized Pronto flybridge has generous lounging space and continues the beach-inspired interior design. On the port side there is a bar for drinks with a large tabletop and high chairs. In the center of the flybridge is a large custom-designed table that can seat up to eight people. Aft is an elevated sunbathing area with sun loungers. Up to ten people can be seated at the large dining table in the aft cockpit of the catamaran. The lounge area also has a bar, 55-inch TV and a large sun lounger. Beneath the cockpit sofa is an inconspicuous Pronto aft garage that can carry a jet ski and an entire water toy park. The large stern platform of the catamaran serves as a private beach, offering plenty of space for sunbathing and water sports.Sunreef Yachts was founded by Francis Lapp in 2002 in Gdansk, Poland. Since then, the shipyard has been designing and manufacturing luxury sailing and power multihulls. Credits: Sunreef Yachts
Numarine 22XP Hull Nо. 6 Sold by Northrop and Johnson
Northrop & Johnson has announced the sale of Numarine 22XP Hull Number 6 by yacht broker Deniz Kaymaz representing both the shipyard and the buyer, together with Numarine Domestic Sales Manager, Ugur Sahin.This deal marks the second sale as part of an exclusive agreement to represent Numarine XP lines across the European Economic Area, including Switzerland.The 22.6m explorer exterior was designed by Can Yalman and naval architecture made by Umberto Taglivini. She is one of the most voluminous yachts in her size range on the water today. Her fuel efficient hull makes her ideal for extended Mediterranean-style cruising.Her teak-laid flybridge offers multiple lounging areas – a bar and grill areas, a large seating area at the bow with an arrangement of sunbeds. Aft, her unique swim platform can be lowered into the water for guests to cool off and has space for two chairs. Numarine 22XP’s indoor guest areas were designed to be warm and welcoming, with an L-shaped sofa for three and an additional two-seater sofa. Thanks to full-height windows on the main deck, guests can enjoy the passing scenery. The dining area can host up to six.The yacht can be configured according to the owner’s preference with options for up to eight guests. In the four-cabin layout, the owner’s suite is located on the lower deck with a VIP cabin, a double cabin, and a twin. However, in the three-cabin configuration, the master is situated midships with two VIP staterooms. The hull No. 6 will be delivered in March 2023. Numarine, a European high-performance motor-yacht shipyard headquartered in Istanbul, offers a range of yachts from 19 to 45 meters.Credits: Northrop and Johnson
CL Yachts Confirms Strong Growth in 2022
CL Yachts announced the strong sales by expanding and strengthening its sales networks that are now global in coverage, following the launch of two brand new models, CLX96, flagship model designed by Jozeph Forakis, and CLB65.Over the past two years the production yacht builder, with headquarters in Hong Kong, has implemented a comprehensive expansion strategy in 2021 and 2022 to better focus sales activities in different international markets. The all-important US market will continue to be managed by the CL Yachts Office in Fort Lauderdale (USA and Canada) and Rex Marine Center Inc. in Norwalk, Connecticut. Likewise the CL Yachts Office in Hong Kong will continue to oversee sales in Asia and Europe, and Silverstar Marine Australia in Western Australia."We are delighted to welcome our new partners in Asia Pacific and the Middle East as part of the CL Yachts sales network,” says Martin Lo, Director of CL Yachts. “Their vast experience and local knowledge is invaluable to support our growth in these highly competitive and dynamic markets. 2022 has been a milestone in the history of CL Yachts. We presented two innovative yachts at FLIBS: the award-winning CLX96 and the newest B-Series member CLB65. Now our growing worldwide sales network has set us on a new journey and our next move will be to meet increasing demand in Europe.” CL Yachts’ goal is to offer unparalleled experiences to the modern explorer. The luxury performance brand stands apart from its competitors thanks to its unique approach to design – driven by CL Yacht’s core value of innovation. Fusing progressive design with engineering prowess and state-of-the-art technology, every element of CL Yachts’ vessels are meticulously geared to steer luxury into uncharted territories.Credits: CL Yachts