Vitters Shipyard Acquires Claasen Shipyards, New Management Team Formed: Vitters Shipyard has acquired Claasen Shipyards with the two Dutch shipbuilding entities coming together to form a new management team for the combined operation. The management combination will create significant additional value as each will leverage its individual strengths to operate in tandem while continuing yacht building in the manner in which earned both yards their excellent reputations.
Louis Hamming, Vitters CEO, has indicated the expertise of Claasen craftsmen is in line with Vitters’ identity, while Claasen’s building and engineering experience will become a major asset.
Joachim Kieft, Claasen CEO, noted that joining forces with Vitters will allow the Claasen brand to grow further in its niche market and make it possible to achieve its future coals. In addition, Green Marine of Southampton, UK, which builds hulls for third parties, will continue to outfit both Claasen and Vitters yachts.
Both brands will retain their individual business formulas and working methods, retain their distinctive identity and serve specific areas of the superyacht market. Claasen and Vitters officials will review their cooperative agreements in regular meetings. The two shipbuilders will also maintain close ties with other supplier and contractors in the Netherlands’ maritime infrastructure.
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