IMS Shipyard has announced the opening of its IMS 700 site that will now be one of the largest yacht repair shipyards in the Mediterranean. On the site of a former naval air station in Saint Mandrier, IMS 700 took its first yacht haul-out five days ahead of schedule. The yard has worked on approximately 30 vessels since the beginning of January.
Dennis Pellegrino, IMS CEO, said the opening of the facility is important for the naval repair industry as the Mediterranean previously had no repair sites of such a large scale. The repair site covers 110,000 sqm in Toulon and includes a 100m dock, 15 berth pontoon protected by a floating breakwater, 670 ton travel lift and four sheds for dry work, painting and crew quarters. It has the ability to receive large yachts with draughts up to 10 meters.
Nepteam holding company has invested €23 million in the repair shipyard. IMS owner Florent Battistella noted that financial backing in addition to human relations were important factors in the project’s success.
Hubert Falco, president of the Toulon Provence Mediterranean Urban Community, praised the completion of the project and indicated that its public-private partnership will allow the region to exert its influence further. Pelligrino added that the new capacity will allow IMS to develop new trade relations, already demonstrated by a new partnership between IMS British manufacturer Sunseeker.
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