Megayacht Builder Feadship Plans New Facility for Amsterdam: Dutch manufacturer Feadship has announced plans to open a new construction and refit facility in Amsterdam. The decision comes on the heels of the launch of M/Y Symphony, reinforcing the shipyard’s commitment to meet the ever-growing demand for 100m-plus yachts. The newest Feadship facility will be able to build vessels with LOAs of up to 160m.
The new facility will be the second yard run by royal Van Lent, which currently operates the Kaag Island yard, now a full capacity. Amsterdam and Kaag Island will share the same management team and craftsmen, with 450 skilled employees from a range of outfitting and refit disciplines to move between facilities as needed. An additional 150 jobs will be created, a demand that will be met, in part, by Feadship’s training schools and give a considerable boost to the local economy.
Along with the Koninklijke De Vries yards in Aalsmeer and Makkum, the new Amsterdam shipyard brings to four the total number of Feadship facilities in the Netherlands. Feadship worked with municipal and port authority officials to find the location for the new facility, which is only 20 minutes from Schiphol International Airport.
The Amsterdam yard, along with the Makkum yard, give Feadship two facilities capable of building superyachts of well over 100 meters. Feadship officials indicated that the company intends to evolve with the superyacht market.
Foundations for the yard will be laid this summer, with actual construction commencing in 2017. The development will include a 5,500-square-meter construction hall with a height of 28 meters, a dry dock and 10 separate workshops.
At the same time, the Kaag Island facility and its waterfront will receive a comprehensive refurbishment. It will remain the primary operational hub for Royal van Lent and the first port of call for potential clients.
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