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.

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Van der Valk launches 32m raised pilothouse Jangada 2
Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has launched the 32-metre Jangada 2, the fifth and the largest one of the Raised Pilothouse custom series so far. The vessel will now go through sea trial paces, ahead of delivery to her repeat owners later in June.While her sistership had been delivered in 2015, the owner of Jangada 2 ordered the vessel at the end of 2017. All the way through, they worked in a close cooperation with designers Nick Top and Guido de Groot as well as Van der Valk in-house design team, to ensure their new yacht is fully customised to their requirements. Jaganda 2 is trademarked with specific features, such as VIP suite bathroom on the main deck that could be closed off for use by guests during the day without entering the bedroom itself. Other examples of specific requests on Jangada 2 include a minimalistic interior style based principally on whitewashed European oak.The flybridge deck will have an outdoor dining area, a sunbathing space with plenty of loose sunbeds and an all-aluminium hardtop providing ample shade, as well as a smart wet bar. Furthermore, there is abundant space for the storage of a tender and/or toys, including a crane with a lifting capacity of 800 kilograms. This deck will also feature a handy outdoor helm station. 

The yacht’s main deck features curved glass sliding doors to the lounge, while a VIP suite forward offers fine views. The full-beam mater suite on the lower deck includes large his & her wardrobes and a dedicated office area. Seven more people can be accommodated within three other cabins, raising total guests’ capacity to eleven.After delivery, Jangada 2 will head to the Mediterranean for a relaxing summer cruise along the Côte d'Azur. She will make her official debut at the Cannes boat show 2019 in September. As to Van der Valk Shipyard, it is a family-owned business, operating since 1967 and currently employing over 45 craftsmen. The yard is located in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, with the founder, Wim van der Valk, remaining a driving force behind the company. Other recent projects of the yard included the first BeachClub 600 unit with plenty of space on-board and the second hull for 660- series Beachclub.
Andrea Bocelli acquires 26m CdM yacht Stella del Nord
Italian explorer yachts builder Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) has announced that its 26.1-metre motor yacht Stella del Nord has been sold to a renowned Italian singer Andrea Bocelli. The yacht was built of steel and aluminium in 2015, as the fourth Darwin Class 86 unit. Built to RINA class and registered under 200 GT (at 199 GT), Stella del Nord features naval architecture and exterior design by Italy-based studio Hydro Tec, with interior concept developed by PFA Design.Stella Del Nord offers accommodation for up to eight guests across a full-beam master and a VIP suite and two twins, along with a crew of four in two cabins. She is also highly fuel efficient, while two Caterpillar engines of 365 hp each give her a maximum speed of 11.5 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots. Stella Del Nord's maximum range is estimated at 7000 nautical miles. The yacht is trademarked with a 40-square-metre sun deck with a gas barbecue, bar, dining area, lounge area and a helm station. The aft deck with built-in upholstered bench seating and a freestanding table for six people, offers even more al fresco space. The indoor saloon is fitted with large windows allowing ample daylight, a U-shaped sofa and two armchairs upholstered in high quality leather, a large screen television and a dining area with seating for eight.Introduced to CdM by the Italian brokerage firm Corte Srl, Andrea Bocelli is an experienced yachtsman who has owned vessels of different sizes. One of his latest yachts, the 22-metre CRN Libertas, was sold in May 2019 asking $7,499,000. Through his new purchase, Bocelli was looking towards a serious expedition yacht, in other words, an operationally straightforward vessel, allowing comfortable sailing even under the most severe weather conditions.Stella del Nord was asking €6,100,000 at the moment of sale. Shortly after the handover, Bocelli set course for Naples on-board of his new vessel.
Arcadia Yachts delivers the second Arcadia 105 hull
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margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxwjwWYAzZd/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">Публикация от Ocean Drive (@oceandrive_yachting)</a> <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2019-05-22T08:50:32+00:00">22 Май 2019 в 1:50 PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script>The 32-metre yacht was christened Sea Coral II and delivered to charter broker OceanDrive. The yacht will be available for charter cruises around Amalfi, Sardinia, Corsica and the South of France starting from this summer. Based on the same platform as the Arcadia 100+, both exteriors and interiors of Arcadia 105 were developed in collaboration with Italian design studio Hot Lab. Sea Coral II comes as the second hull in the series, after the 2018 RJ.The 199-GT semi-planing superyacht has been constructed with a fibreglass hull onto a beam of 7.76 metres.The model is trademarked with glass walls between the aft-deck and main salon and openable floor-to-ceiling windows creating a fluid indoor-outdoor space.Thanks to the convertible 35-square-metre skylounge, a fully enclosed third deck can be protected against bad weather or open to enjoy the breeze and the scents of the sea.Accommodation on-board is provided for up to 10 guests within two doubles, two twins and one convertible cabin, along with the staff capacity for six. The yacht is equipped with games room, dining room and a private lounge.Toy storage of Sea Coral II comprises a Castoldi tender stored aft, two paddleboards, two Seabobs, a Kayak, wakeboard and water skis. Powered by two MAN V8 1200HP engines, the yacht cruises at 12-14 knots under reportedly low fuel consumption.As to other projects by the yard, with ten units now under construction, it has recently revealed the first Sherpa XL, that is approaching her completion.
New owner for Russian billionaire’s 54m superyacht 4You
The 54.3-metre Amels superyacht 4You, previously owned by co-founder of Russian real-estate development company PIK Group, Kirill Pisarev, has been sold with both the buyer and the seller represented by Edmiston.The second hull in Dutch shipyard Amels' successful Limited Editions 180 line, 4You was commissioned by her previous owner and launched in 2012. She has undergone several refit and maintenance works in 2016, 2017, with the latest one held in April 2019.The yacht features exterior design by UK-based Tim Heywood and interiors by Italian studio Laura Sessa. She is trademarked with a large sundeck and six staterooms for accommodation of up to 12 guests. Similarly to her sisterships Astra and Apollo, 4You features a timeless light grey hull and white superstructure.Propelled by MTU 12V 2000 M70 engines, 4You can reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and cruises at 13 knots. At the time of sale, 4You was asking €29,500,000.In 2016, the yacht’s previous owner Kirill Pisarev (net worth estimated at $6.1 billion, Forbes) won a law suit against Moran Yacht & Ship over a claim on commission over his previous yacht, also named 4You. The 47-metre 2009 Hessen could accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins and was said to be too small for the owner’s family. Mr Pisarev therefore decided to sell the yacht and to commission a 55m yacht from Amels. Following the sale, Mr Pisarev ended up in court after the brokerage agency who managed and crewed the yacht, Moran Yacht and Ship, argued they were owed a £615,000 commission on the deal, 4% of the sale price. Their claim was dismissed by the High Court in 2014, and on February 11th 2016 Lord Justice Christopher Clarke dismissed the motion once again, reaffirming Mr Pisarev's victory in this legal dispute.
80m Abeking & Rasmussen Excellence approaches her launch
German builder Abeking & Rasmussen has revealed its 80-metre superyacht project Excellence, formerly known as Project 6505. The mammoth superyacht set to become the yard's sixth largest vessel, was rolled out of her shed earlier this morning. The yacht had been built to a steel hull at the Szczecin shipyard in Poland, moved to Germany in February 2018. The UK-based design studio Winch Design was responsible for Excellence’ both exterior and interior designs.The yacht’s framework bases on the same technical platform as that of the 81-metre Grace (ex. Kibo). She features a 12.6 metre beam and a maximum draught of 3.5 metres. Still, key trademarks of Excellence include vast expanses of glass on the three upper decks and a double-height effect, blurring the distinction between the upper deck and the panoramic skylounge. Excellence will offer accommodation to up to 14 guests.The yacht was commissioned by an experienced owner, with her delivery expected on time for the summer season, after completion of outfitting on-board and the official launch. Meanwhile, the most recent launch of a 70-metre-plus vessel was conducted by Abeking in 2018, with 75-metre Elandess.