presence of invited guests, the first concrete was poured into the giant
drydocks. Due for completion at the end of 2016, the Dutch builder’s fourth
yard is under construction in a prime water-side location in Amsterdam. This
facility is set to expand Feadship range with the yachts of up to 160 meters in
“The average length of the superyachts we are
building continues to grow,” explains Feadship director and the CEO of Royal
Van Lent shipyard, Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “The majority of projects currently
underway are above 80 metres and there is a clear trend to go ever larger".
cooperative venture between two shipyards, Royal Van Lent and Koninklijke De
Vries Scheepsbouw, Feadship currently operates three facilities: in Aalsmeer,
Kaag Island and Makkum that was opened in 2005. Amsterdam yard is supposed to solve the size limitations on the production imposed by the original Aalsmeer and Kaag yards. When completed, it will be run by Royal
Van Lent along with Kaag facility that should continue its operations at full capacity. The two premises will share the same
management team, with some 450 skilled employees moving between the yards when
Apart from new
superyachts, measuring up to 160 meters, the new yard will specialize
in refits of the existing Feadships. This project will eventually see the banks of the IJ
waterway adorned with a 35-metre-high hall and ten three-story workshops.
that Feadship will be occupying a five-hectare site with an option for a further
3.8 hectares supports the expectations of “a bright future for this
glamorous industry in Amsterdam”, indicates Port of Amsterdam CEO, Koen
Overtoom, encouraging other Dutch shipbuilders to follow this example.
Feadship is among
the largest employers within the global superyacht industry, with over 2000
specialists covering every discipline involved in the design, engineering,
naval architecture and construction of luxury motor-yachts. This new initiative
means further employment of around 150 specialized craftsmen, all of whom will
benefit from the training programs in place, which are designed to pass down
skills from generation to generation.
showcases our determination to preserve both traditional crafts and the very
latest technological skill sets. Together with the other leading yachtbuilders
in the Netherlands, Feadship forms a vital part of the Dutch superyacht
cluster, which includes a wide range of leading supply companies and research
institutes. The role that Feadship and the Dutch superyacht industry play in
supporting innovation within the wider commercial shipping industry cannot be
overestimated either. With this new facility we once again confirm our
commitment to the future of the Dutch economy,” director Verkuyl concludes.
December 12, 2017