Feadship is making progress on the construction of its latest and fourth shipyard in Holland as this week the Dutch builder reported that concrete has been laid for the first time on the dry dock that will be large enough to welcome new build and refit projects of up to 160 metres in length. The construction is expected to last until the end of 2018.
The shipyard will form part of Feadship’s Royal van Lent facilities and will be managed by the same team that is currently in charge of its Kaag shipyard. The new venture is expected to add another 150 craftsmen and women to Feadship’s 2000-strong workforce.
“This major investment illustrates our determination to be fully future-proof,” explains Feadship director and the CEO of Royal Van Lent Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “The average length of the superyachts we are building continues to grow: the majority of projects currently underway are above 80 metres and there is a clear trend to go ever larger. The size limitations imposed by the location of the two original Feadship yards in Aalsmeer and Kaag were partly solved by the third yard opened in Makkum in 2005, and this fourth facility in the Port of Amsterdam will complete this expansion.”
The 5-hectare site will feature a 5,500-square-metre construction hall covered by a 28-metre-high structure. 10 workshops will be built in addition to the enormous dry dock.