Green Yard Kleven of Norway is weighing further into the superyacht industry as it has signed a business agreement with Yachting Partners International (YPI). This agreement is set to bring the Norwegian-based shipbuilders firmly into the market, pitching for new build projects in the 80-metres and above category. Green Yard Kleven is well versed in big builds, and has already delivered two superyachts exceeding 100-metres in length: 2016 saw the launch of the 107.6-metre motor yacht Andromeda, which was followed by the 116-metre motor yacht Ulysses, two years later.
“We view the construction of large yachts, also known as superyachts, as a highly topical market for us. The yacht brokers from YPI are experienced and have a huge network in the industry,” Hans Jørgen Fedog, CEO of Green Yard Group commented. “A collaboration with them means that we can get in touch with yacht brokers, representatives and direct clients all over the world in a completely different way than if we were to do this alone.” Photo: Thierry Ameller & Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesFor Green Yard Kleven, this collaboration is not only important but is an exciting move, as they charter further into in a tough market.
“Together we can achieve something big, it will be hard work as well, there is no doubt about that, but with our combined expertise great yachts will be delivered for clients wishing to build here,” Hans Jørgen Fedog continued.Photo: Thierry Ameller & Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesPeter Thompson, Managing Partner and Global Sales Director of YPI, along with mutual collaborator Russell Crump, made the trip to see the facilities first hand and to cement the agreement. Upon his return he reflected:
“There is an increasing demand for large yachts with high quality build, cleaner energy solutions and expedition capabilities. Green Yard Kleven offers the right facilities, expertise in more sustainable energy choices and build slots with efficient delivery times, making them a key player in the 80-metre plus market. Our remit is to ensure that all potential clients looking in this size range are aware of the excellent package available.” Meanwhile, Russell Crump, the visiting consultant said, “We have seen the market develop from a handful of enthusiastic multimillionaires who build, buy and operate superyachts to now over 7,800 superyachts in operation all over the world, and currently over 600 under construction. There are 152 yachts over 80 metres in operation and a further 33 under construction."
"Over the last couple of years, the number of yachts over 80 metres in operation has increased by 22 per cent, and we believe it is quite clear that there is a good and current market for the construction of larger superyachts in particular. Green Yard Kleven has the capacity to start a new construction project immediately, which is also a great advantage," Crump concluded.