German superyacht builder Blohm + Voss has announced that it will be opening a refit yard in the South of France. The new facility at La Ciotat will see the company partner with La Ciotat Shipyard and the project will be managed by Semidep-Ciotat.
The new facility in the heart of the Mediterranean will see a large dry dock measuring 200 metres by 60 metres and neighbouring workshop added to the existing shipyard. With a maximum vessel length of 195 metres, it will be capable of servicing the world's largest superyachts.
Blohm + Voss added that work on the new La Ciotat refit facility will start in November with a French-speaking management team due to be appointed in the next few weeks.
Fred van Beers, CEO of Blohm + Voss, said that this move was an important part of the yard’s current growth strategy, “With our new office in Monaco and this central location in the Mediterranean we are moving our core business closer to our customers. We are now offering more flexibility and tailored life-cycle services.”
Van Beers also praised La Ciotat’s excellent facilities, highly-qualified local craftsmen and extensive local supplier network.
Jean-Yves Saussol, managing director of La Ciotat Shipyards, described Blohm + Voss as a “trusted partner” due to its extensive track record, financial strength and strong desire to work within the local community.
Other projects underway at Blohm + Voss’ Hamburg headquarters include the first hull in the BV80 semi-custom superyacht series, which is currently under construction with a planned 2018 completion date.