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New Feadship yacht building facility due for 2019 delivery

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Written by
Charl van Rooy

Renowned Dutch yacht builders Feadship have this week announced the intention of opening a new shipyard to be located in Amsterdam. Yard operations will vary from refit projects as well as catering to the growing interest for custom Feadship superyachts over 100 metres in length. The new yard, which will be run by Royal van Lent as their second facility in addition to the existing shipyard on Kaag Island, is expected to create 150 new job opportunities with the capacity of building vessels measuring up to 160 metres.

This will be Feadship’s fourth yacht building facility together with their shipyards in Aalsmeer, Makkum and Kaag. The exact location of the new premises is unclear, but a journey time of only 20 minutes travelling from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to reach the yard is expected. An enormous construction hall spanning over 5,500 square metres will be covered by a structure rising 28 metres into the Amsterdam skyline. A dry dock and ten separate workshops are also included in the construction planning, with laying of the foundations to start this summer.

We are delighted to have found such an excellent spot to open this new facility,” comments Feadship director Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “The ever-increasing demands for pure custom Feadships and the desire among clients to own very large yachts of Feadship quality make this a logical next step in the future-proofing of our organisation. Along with the Makkum yard, Feadship now has two facilities capable of building superyachts of well over 100 metres."

Together with the new development will come an overhaul and refurbishment of the existing Feadship facility in Kaag, which will remain Van Lent’s flagship operations centre in terms of construction and client relations.

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