The new Derecktor Fort Pierce shipyard

Written by Saskia Henn

Derecktor Shipyards and Saint Lucie County have signed an agreement to develop the new Derecktor Fort Pierce shipyard, which will be the first facility in the U.S. designed and built specifically to accommodate vessels larger than 60 metres. 

Derecktor ShipyardsPhoto: Derecktor ShipyardsProviding direct access from the Atlantic through Fort Pierce inlet, the new yard will offer ample work and storage areas and 304.8 metres of water dockage. A refit of the yard’s existing building will generate a variety of service support activity centres, including machine, wood, pipe and electrical shops. The construction of a mobile lift boasting a 1,500-tonne capacity is scheduled to be completed and in operation by autumn 2020. The new drydock will be capable of accommodating up to 4,000 tonnes and aid in vessel-hauling, providing flexibility in the range of yachts it can handle. 

“This is a big day in the history of our company,” comments Paul Derecktor, President of Derecktor Shipyards. “This yard lets us bring in a whole new range of boats. It’s a new market for us and, in large part, a new market for the U.S. We see great things ahead for Derecktor, for Fort Pierce and for the people of Saint Lucie County.

“It’s been great to get to know the area and some of the people here while working on the agreement with the County. We can’t wait to get the yard up and running and show the yachting world what Derecktor, Fort Pierce and the Treasure Coast have to offer,” he adds.

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