Balk Shipyard takes over Jachtwerf Bloemsma
by Chris Jefferies
Refit specialist Balk Shipyard has announced that it has purchased Jachtwerf Bloemsma from former Claasen owner Jan Hart.
As part of the mutually-agreed sale, Jan Hart will remain as managing director of Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw and “keep his focus fully on the aluminium constructions”.
Its sale comes in the same year that Jan Hart sold sailing yacht builder Claasen Jachtbouw to the Vitters Shipyard in Germany.
Balk Shipyard has been a family-owned business for seven generations and current owner Daan Balk said he had “been familiar” with Bloemsma’s fine work for more than a decade.
“The knowledge and craftsmanship as generated over the years must be preserved for our yachting industry,” he added. “In the upcoming year, the preferred strategy will be analysed and determined for Bloemsma.”
Meanwhile, Balk Shipyard is currently working on the third refit of the classic 44.2 metre Feadship yacht Valeria and an unnamed 50 metre superyacht for Amels, having already completed the second refit on 46.48 metre Palmer Johnson expedition yacht Pioneer earlier this year.