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Sanlorenzo and Rodriguez Group sign commercial agreement

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Sanlorenzo, builder of motor yachts ranging between 62’ and 108’ and a superyacht fleet up to 200’, with facilities in Ameglia (La Spezia, Italy) and Viareggio (Italy), have signed a commercial agreement with Rodriguez Group. The agreement commit Rodriguez Group to sell Sanlorenzo yachts exclusively in France and Monaco. Read More

Debut of the new Cantiere delle Marche shipyard in Italy

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

The new shipyard Cantiere delle Marche recently started their operations in Ancona, Italy. The company’s aim is to build steel and aluminium displacement yachts between 21 and 40 metres. The company has introduced the Darwin Class: a line of small ships and has already sold three superyachts. Read More

Sanlorenzo launches new website

Monday, 20 December 2010

The Italian yard Sanlorenzo has recently launched a new website: The innovative and eye catching design, with dynamic applications, full‐screen videos, photo galleries and virtual tours of its models, perfectly merges with an advanced and easy-to-use navigation. Read More

Pendennis apprentice wins Queens Silver Medal

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Tom Clegg has been awarded winner of the Queens Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights as the Shipyard Apprentice of the Year 2010. This is one of the country’s most prestigious apprentice awards and has been presented to representatives from the ship building industry since 1945. Read More

Mulder Shipyard to build a second yard

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Mulder Shipyard in the Netherlands has announced that construction will soon start on a new yard just ten kilometres from its current facility. This second yard will cover an area of 7000 square metres and focus on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts between 18 and 40 metres. It should be ready to start operations in 2012, with the first new yacht launching in 2013. The existing facilities will remain open and be dedicated to yachts under 18 metres. Read More

Chinese company buys bankrupt Cantieri Navali di Lavagna (CNL)

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

According to the Financial Times, a Chinese company bought Cantieri Navali di Lavagna (CNL) today at auction through administrators appointed by a Milan court. CNL sold for €13.1m to ProMarine Service, an Italian company owned by China’s Nautic Star Marine. Read More

The Drettmann-Sunrise Group emerges

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The Drettmann-Sunrise Group, a new group of yachting companies emerges at the initiative of Herbert P. Baum, the German businessman and yachtsman who co-founded Sunrise Yachts, bringing together expertise and resources from Germany, Turkey and Monaco to offer high-quality, cost-effective yacht building solutions. Read More

Sanlorenzo becomes member of SYBAsas

Monday, 29 November 2010

Sanlorenzo has become a member of SYBAss, the Superyacht Builder Association, founded in 2007 to represent yards that in the last ten years have launched and delivered at least 3 superyachts over 40 meters. The shipyard based in Ameglia has joined 19 members, including Heesen yachts, Feadship and Trinity Yachts. Read More

High-profile paint expert teams up with Yacht Solutions

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Yacht Solutions has teamed up with Scott Taylor to head up its paint division to ensure the firm meets increasing demand for world-class yacht detailing and finishing. Mr. Taylor brings 25 years experience in yacht painting, fairing applications and project management to the company, having been employed by many of the world's leading firms. Read More

J Class Fleet coming to Solent Refit in 2012

Monday, 15 November 2010

The J Class Association has recently selected Solent Refit as the base for the Solent Event of their 2012 J Class Regatta. This new superyacht facility on Southampton Water will be the base for the fleet of Js and their motherships for the duration of the event (July 18th – 20th), which culminates in the Hundred Guinea Cup. Read More

Mastervolt and Ferretti Group sign strategic supplier contract

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Mastervolt, has signed a three year ‘strategic supplier’ contract with the Ferretti Group. This contract will extend the cooperation that started about eight years ago. The agreement, which runs from 2010-2013, and which was initiated by Mastervolt Italia, brings together two companies dedicated to quality. Read More

Archimedia invests in superyacht builder Wally

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Wally Yachts S.A., a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance motorboats, sailboats and skis (“Wally”), announced today a substantial investment from Archimedia BVI (“Archimedia”) to provide growth capital for the development of new products and the Wally brand. Read More

Ambitious growth plan for the New Zealand Marine Industry

Friday, 22 October 2010

The NZ Marine Industry (NZMI) is planning to grow the size of the New Zealand marine industry by an ambitious 55% over the next five years. NZMI expects the industry to grow from $1.71 billion this year to $2.66 billion in 2015. Marine industry exports are expected to grow by around 55% over that period, from $0.72 billion to $1.11 billion. Read More

Rondal accelerates forward momentum, appointing Paul Dielemans MD

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Globally recognised custom superyacht equipment manufacturer Rondal is pleased to announce the appointment of a leading industry figure, Paul Dielemans, as Managing Director. Paul commenced his new role at the beginning of October 2010. Dielemans, formerly MD of Holland Jachtbouw, has an impressive background of success as both a sailor and a yachting industry businessman. Read More

A closer look at Infiniti Yachts

Monday, 18 October 2010

Last month, we reported about the new Infinity superyacht, that was presented at the Monaco Yacht Show. Today, we bring you more information about this new company. Infiniti Yachts is the product of a convergence of expertise. The company was founded by Gordon Kay who is joined by acclaimed naval architect Hugh Welbourn. Read More

Eric de Saintdo appointed as new Managing Director of Rodriguez Group

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

On October 7, 2010, Eric de Saintdo, 46, was appointed as member of the Management Board and Managing Director of Rodriguez Group. With an M.B.A. in International Management from Texas University in Dallas, Eric de Saintdo is well known in the luxury boats industry. His passion for nautical world led Mr. de Saintdo to take over the General Management of the Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show for more than ten years. Read More

Oceanco reveals plans for a new 100m+ facility

Friday, 8 October 2010

At the Monaco Yacht Show, Oceanco invited us for a breakfast meeting, to update us with what lies ahead on Oceanco’s horizon and to introduce us to the Chairman of the company, Mr. Mohammed Al Barwani. Oceanco revealed the company’s plans for a new facility that marks the next step in Oceanco’s advance into the 100m+ market. Read More

BMT develop next generation for Oceanco

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Oceanco, the Dutch custom yacht builder, has commissioned BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, to begin work on designing its next generation of bespoke luxury yachts. This follows on from the huge success of the the existing LY2-based 700 platform over the past 18 months. Read More

Pendennis receives multiple rigs from New Zealand

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Three enormous masts arrived at Pendennis Shipyard recently in preparation for instalment on Pendennis’ current new build projects: SY Christopher is due to be complete by January 2011 in time to race at the St Barths Regatta; B105 is already in the water and due to be handed over to the client before Christmas. Read More

Overmarine announces the purchase of Baglietto and Cantieri di Pisa

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Overmarine Shipyard, well known in the superyacht industry as owner of the brand name Mangusta and builder of the biggest large open in the market, has announced their acceptance as the Guarantor of the Safe Guard proceedings that involves the Baglietto Group. Baglietto Group includes Baglietto and Cantieri di Pisa. Read More 

Effebi-Overmarine buys Baglietto and Cantieri di Pisa

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

In March of this year the Baglietto and Cantieri di Pisa shipyards went into liquidation and both shipyards have now been acquired by Effebi-Overmarine for a sum of € 33,000,000. Giuseppe Balducci, the President of Effebi-Overmarine, told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that each company will continue to produce superyachts under its own brand. Read More

Sanlorenzo financial highlights 2010-2011

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

During 2009, a year which was possibly the worst ever year for the world economy, and even worse for the yachting industry; Sanlorenzo was the black swan. While the main European and American Groups were showing reductions in turnover of 30/40%, Sanlorenzo was able to limit its turnover decrease to a small 9%. Read More

Another 12 apprentices start Pendennis’ National award winning training scheme

Friday, 3 September 2010

Since 1998 Pendennis Shipyard has welcomed over 140 local young people, aged 16-19, to enroll on their general apprenticeship scheme. This provides an excellent opportunity to learn a trade and work towards official qualifications, whilst providing Pendennis with a rich pool of skilled and qualified labour. Read More

Drettmann steers into calmer waters

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Drettmann has stood for a successful business in new construction and sales of pre-owned boats. With the global financial crisis, sales simultaneously bottomed out in both of business fields. This resulted in insolvency proceedings introduced at the end of May. Now the German company based in Bremen steers into calmer waters. Read More

Endeavour Yacht Services achieve ISO 9001 certification

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Endeavour Yacht Services, based at Gosport in Portsmouth Harbour, have recently achieved their ISO 9001 certification, in recognition of the procedures and processes in place for quality assurance. The experienced professional team at Endeavour Yacht Services provide refit, maintenance and repair services. Read More

Gulf Craft appoints The Mansell Agency to handle all European public relations activity

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Gulf Craft Inc., the Middle East and Asia’s manufacturer of yachts, has announce that it has appointed The Mansell Agency to handle all European public relations activity. Founded in The United Arab Emirates in 1982, Gulf Craft today produces vessels ranging from 20 feet leisure craft and sports boats, to 135 feet luxury superyachts. Read More

Establishment of Centro Stile Ferrettigroup

Friday, 30 July 2010

Continuous innovation and a constant commitment to ensuring the very best quality in its yachts have always been part of the DNA of the Ferretti Group. This strategic aim has led to establishment of the Centro Stile Ferrettigroup, conceived and strongly wished for by Chairman Norberto Ferretti. Read More

Eel Kant managing director of Jongert Shipyard

Monday, 12 July 2010

As from the 1st of July Eel Kant (53 yrs) is the managing director of Jongert Shipyard BV. Immediately after his studies Kant began his career in the shipbuilding industry. After that he switched to yachtbuilding where he worked for 16 years with Royal van Lent (part of Feadship).  From 2003 until 2010 Kant was the managing director of Oceanco. Read More

Oceanco hosts international press at the yard

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Each year, the Dutch Yachting industry (HISWA) invites the International press to the Netherlands to witness firsthand the different facilities, yachts under construction and future plans of the shipyards. This year when the press arrived at Oceanco, we were treated to a tour of two 85m yachts under construction. Read More

Garcia Yachts joins Allures Yachting

Thursday, 24 June 2010

For nearly 40 years, the Garcias have been a reference in the world of integral centreboard aluminium cruising yachts. More than 300 Nouanni, Maracuja and Passoa series sailing boats are cruising all over the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic.  the Garcia shipyard has specialised in the building of custom sailing yachts from 50’ to 115’. Read More

Next generation of De Vries family at the helm of Feadship yard

Thursday, 24 June 2010

The next generation of the De Vries family has taken over the directorship of the Feadship Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw yard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. Rob and Roderick are joined on the five-strong new board at the world-famous shipyard by three highly experienced directors from outside the family. Read More

Ruea Yachts, new superyacht builder in Thailand

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Asia’s leading luxury yacht company, Yacht Solutions, has unveiled a high-end superyacht division - Ruea Yachts - which will design and construct exclusive vessels to satisfy escalating demand among affluent individuals in Asia and across the world. Combining European marine technology and design with the renowned finishing skills of Thai craftsmen, Ruea Yachts will specialise in building Lloyds classification and MCA LY2 code-certified custom luxury yachts of up to 85 metres in size in Thailand. Read More

Major expansion for Feadship yard

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard has announced radical plans to expand its premises on Kaag Island. Due to the limited spatial options around the yard, Royal van Lent will extend underground in order to build even larger yachts. Like Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw, Royal van Lent has been building increasingly longer yachts over recent years. Read More

Oceanco hires Dirk de Jong as Design Projects and R&D Manager

Friday, 4 June 2010

Oceanco has engaged Dirk de Jong to reinforce their Technical Sales Department. De Jong is no stranger to the company. He was a Project Manager with Oceanco from 1997-2001, during which time he oversaw the building of both the 62.6 metre Lady Lola and the 95 metre Al Mirqab (now Indian Empress). Read More

Knight & Carver YachtCenter acquires 4,000-ton dry dock

Thursday, 3 June 2010

In a move that immediately elevates San Diego’s status as a world-class repair destination for megayachts and large commercial vessels, Knight & Carver YachtCenter has announced that the marine firm has acquired a 4,000-ton dry dock for its refit and repair operations. With the acquisition, financed by a locally-based investment group, Diligence & Company LLC. Read More

Business of Drettmann GmbH goes on despite insolvency

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Drettmann GmbH opened Insolvency proceedings on the 25th of May 2010. According to the company’s management this step was necessary, because restructuring talks with house banks couldn’t be bought to a positive conclusion in the time frame required . Despite insolvency proceedings the business is going on in full. Read More

Wim Koersvelt steps down as Managing Director of ICON Yachts B.V.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

ICON Yachts B.V. launched their second superyacht on the 27th May 2010 and following the launch the company also released the following statement: “With the completion of Project Florida coming nearer, ICON Yachts BV is ending the pioneer phase and will now consolidate the internal organisation and build further on the platform philosophy." Read More

Update: Drettmann GmbH announced insolvency

Friday, 28 May 2010

Following yesterday’s announcement that Drettmann GmbH filed for bankruptcy, we received the following statement from the Bremen based yacht builder and dealer: The management of the Drettmann GmbH applied the 25th of May 2010 for opening of insolvency proceedings. This step is a reaction of the management to the decline in the prices in the used yacht section, concerning especially foreign brands. Read More

Bremen based yacht builder and dealer Drettmann files for bankruptcy

Thursday, 27 May 2010

This morning the German newspaper Kreiszeitung reports that the management of Drettmann filed for bankruptcy. The luxury yacht builder and dealer, based at the pier in Arberg Hemelingen, employs around 100 people. Read More

Azimut-Benetti present good results

Monday, 10 May 2010

Since the beginning of the year the turnover of Azimut-Benetti Group, for the last forty years one of the leading companies at international level in the luxury nautical market, has resumed a positive growth trend, +20% compared to the same period last year. Read More

Oceanco changes ownership

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Oceanco, one of the world’s most significant builders of luxury superyachts, has been acquired by Mohammed Al Barwani, a private investor, who is based in the Sultanate of Oman. Barwani has interests in oil, gas, manufacturing, and minerals in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific through MB Holding Company LLC as well as investments in various other assets. Read More

Major expansion at Colonna Yachts

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Colonna Yachts, a division of long standing Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. of Norfolk, Virginia have announce a major expansion with the opening of the new West Yard Marine Travelift Facility. Situated on approximately ten acres, this new facility will accommodate the simultaneous repair of up to 15 megayachts and deep draft sailing yachts. Read More 

Nobiskrug and Messerschmitt partner to build 60m+ superyachts

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Nobiskrug GmbH and Messerschmitt Yachts GmbH are set to become partners. The scope of the cooperation encompasses engineering and construction of future Messerschmitt Yachts longer than 60 metres. The "MTT-Conqueror", available in a 70 metre and 90 metre version, is the first superyacht of this size designed by Messerschmitt Yachts. Read More

Abu Dhabi MAR and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems establish strategic partnership

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Abu Dhabi MAR, the international shipbuilding group based in Abu Dhabi, and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems have signed a contract for the sale of Blohm + Voss to Abu Dhabi MAR. The contract includes the acquisition of Blohm + Voss Shipyards in Hamburg and the civil shipbuilding facilities of the former HDW Gaarden including employees in Kiel. Read More

Russian distributor for Numarine

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The Turkish shipyard Numarine announced yesterday that they have appointed Whale Yachts as their distributor for Russia. Whale Yachts, based in Moscow, will be representing the Numarine range for the first time at the Moscow Boat Show, which opens its doors tomorrow until 18th April 2010. Read More

Marine Group Boat Works de Los Cabos opens for repair and drystack storage

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Marine Group Boat Works de Los Cabos, a boat repair and drystack storage facility, is pleased to unveil its newly constructed multi-million dollar facility and announce that it is open for business. Located at The Marina at Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, the boatyard spans across 200,000 square feet of land and water. Read More 

Oceanco Top Management restructuring

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Oceanco Board of Directors has just announced that after a valuable cooperation over several years, Mr Eel Kant, the company’s former Managing Director, has left the superyacht builder. The Oceanco Board of Directors warmly thanks Mr Kant for his contribution to the company’s development over the past seven years and wishes him every success in his future endeavours. Read More.

Re-engineering the Horizon brand

Monday, 12 April 2010

Horizon announces to reveal its new brand logo and new website image effective from 2010. Since 2009, even with the global yacht market still in a recession, Horizon has been investing and implementing a series of Horizon brand re-engineering programs to enhance the global image of Horizon. Read More 

Thraki Yacht Painting opens office in Turkey

Thursday, 8 April 2010

The Greece based superyacht painting company Thraki Yacht Painting has announced the opening of a new office in Istanbul, Turkey under the name Thraki Yat Sanayi Ltd St. Thraki aim to build a permanent team in Turkey, which will combine the expertise and experience of the Northern European projects with the skillful labour in Turkey. Read More

Tricon selected by Chinese government to showcase successful operations in China

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Tricon Marine has been selected by the Chinese government to join a high-level delegation presenting to local businessmen and women in Boston. Led by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Zhuhai Investment Promotion Bureau, the presentation shines a spotlight on the region’s most notable business success stories. Read More

Princess Yachts redevelopment plans for Devonport site

Friday, 26 March 2010

Plymouth-based luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts International, today presented plans for the newly occupied South Yard site at a consultation with Devonport Regeneration Community partnership (DRC). The plans represent a significant contribution to the local economic regeneration and outline a £15m investment programme. Read More

New MD appointed at Southampton Yacht Services

Friday, 26 March 2010

The Oyster Group has announced the appointment of Robert Kathro as Managing Director of Oyster’s wholly owned subsidiary, Southampton Yacht Services (SYS), with effect from 6 April 2010. Robert, who qualified as a Naval Architect, has a strong and varied background in manufacturing and the marine industry, combining technical and strategic consultancy experience. Read More

Mariotti Yachts launched in Genoa

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

The Mariotti Shipyard in Genoa has announced the creation of Mariotti Yachts, a brand formerly known as Admiral Mariotti Yachts and a partnership between Cantieri Navale Lavagna and the Mariotti Shipyard. The new brand is 100% owned by the Mariotti Shipyard and the company has invested more than EU 9,000,000 in new facilities. Read More

4000 Ton dry dock ready for 2010 at Derecktor

Friday, 22 January 2010

This spring Derecktor Shipyards will put its’ newly expanded dry dock to work. The dock will allow the yard to fully service vessels up to 4000 long tons, 122 meters in length, 25 meters in beam and 6 meters draft. The expanded dry dock will also provide a seamless method of moving these large vessels from the water onto the repair apron. Read More 

Thursday, 8 July 2010

New website for Azimut Grande

Friday, 12 February 2010

Vitters acquires Green Marine