Oceanco is due to expand as the Dutch shipyard confirms it has acquired additional facilities in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands. The new Oceanco shipyard will welcome its first hull, measuring 110 metres, during the third quarter of 2019 and an additional 100m+ superyacht project will also arrive at the new facility before the end of the year. As part of their long term vision, Oceanco plans to consolidate hull construction and related activities at the Zwijndrecht facility, and develop maintenance, refit and warranty works for its fleet.Oceanco commented: "We would like to sincerely thank the municipality of Zwijndrecht - represented by Alderman Jansen and the business contact officer, Mr Keuzenkamp, for their constructive cooperation and positive contribution in a smooth transition."
The acquisition of the new facilities - which were formerly owned by Heerema, builder of installations in the offshore industry and encompasses 28 acres in total - is intended to increase company efficiency and improve communication between Oceanco and their collaborators (or 'co-makers'), since they will be able to set up offices alongside the construction works.
The site's main area measures approximately 114,000 square metres and includes offices, conference rooms, construction, painting and outfitting facilities, a piping shop, paint facilities and sandblasting facilities.
Measuring 38 metres in height, 132 metres in length and 50 metres in width, the outfitting facilities at the new site will enable Oceanco to "handle the widest spectrum of refit work for all types of superyachts from around the world", as the yard explains, both inside and outside of their fleet.
In addition, Oceanco also plans to open an educational campus for technical training and education across various superyacht-related disciplines.
The yard commented, "the acquisition fits into Oceanco’s greater forward-thinking strategy, to create an infrastructure where numerous companies servicing the superyacht industry can come together."