Blohm + Voss announces the opening of refit facility in France

Written by Charl van Rooy

Blohm + Voss has been awarded the tender for the establishing of a new superyacht maintenance and refit facility located in La Ciotat, the German shipyard announced today. Blohm + Voss is to partner with La Ciotat Shipyards in the venture who will provide a large dry-dock and adjacent workshop site that falls within the existing shipyard, for the servicing of yachts over 80 metres in length. Operations are predicted to begin in November this year, with Blohm + Voss now in the process of appointing a management team that will oversee the preparations of the facility as well as all future yard operations.

Blohm + Voss Chief Executive Officer, Fred van Beers commented: “Setting up a maintenance facility for megayachts in La Ciotat is an important step in our current growth strategy. With our new office in Monaco and this central location in the Mediterranean we are moving our core business closer to our customers; we are now offering more flexibility and tailored life-cycle-services. The dock in La Ciotat is 200 meters long and 60 meters wide. Our customers now have the choice of utilising our extensive shipyard facilities in Hamburg or our new base in La Ciotat for large yacht maintenance, refits or conversions. Whatever our customers require: we will provide our renowned, exceptionally high Blohm+Voss quality standards and on-time services at both sites.”

Jean-Yves Saussol, Managing Director of La Ciotat Shipyards explains: “We have chosen Blohm+Voss as our trusted partner due to the quality of their business plan, their extensive track-record, the financial strength of the company and its strong desire to work closely with the local community.”

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