MB92 La Ciotat inaugurates its 4,300-tonne shiplift, Atlas

Written by Alexander Griffiths

MB92 La Ciotat formally inaugurated its brand-new 4,300-tonne shiplift, ‘Atlas’, yesterday. A lift strong enough to haul even the largest existing superyacht out of the water. The project has been in the pipe-line for 20 years now, conceived by Patrick Boré, President of La Ciotat shipyards, and has finally come to fruition. Bella Vita yacht out of water at MB 92 LA Ciotat The shipyard invited 350 local institutes and many of those who worked on the project to the ceremony. The platform was officially christened by Martine Vassal, President of Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence and included representatives from all participating institutions: La Ciotat Shipyards, La Ciotat City Hall, Région Sud, Département des Bouches du Rhône and MB92.Bella Vita yacht out of water at MB 92 LA Ciotat The MB92 Group invested €47,500,000 for the new platform, and it has already accommodated eight yachts for a variety of works. MB92 anticipates that the new lift will generate a significant uptick in activities at MB92 La Ciotat which, in turn, will have a positive impact on the local economy.Inauguration of the 4300-tonne shiplift at MB92 La Ciotat The shipyard estimates “that MB92’s activity in La Ciotat will be responsible for over 900 full-time employees by 2024 (737 direct and indirect employees for the shipyard, 168 employees for local commerce), an increase of close to 50% from 2021, a large majority of which will be based in La Ciotat.”Inauguration of the 4300-tonne shiplift at MB92 La Ciotat Jean-Marc Bolinger, CEO of MB92 Group, described the inauguration as “a historic moment for our shipyard and for the people of La Ciotat. It’s the beginning of a new era and we are excited to be a part of the continuing development of the site so that it can secure its position as the world’s leading centre for superyacht refit.”Bella Vita yacht out of water at MB 92 LA Ciotat Read: MB92 interview: Challenging but exciting times for superyacht refit

Ben Mennem, CEO of MB92 La Ciotat, added that “MB92 La Ciotat is firmly rooted locally, with deep ties to the sea and a strong maritime heritage. The shipyard plays a central role in developing career opportunities for young talent and works alongside educational establishments to strengthen this link with our traditions and raise the technicity and professionalism of the local workforce.”

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