Feadship breaks ground on new Amsterdam facility
by Chris Jefferies
Dutch yard Feadship has revealed more details of its forthcoming Amsterdam facility, which is due for completion in late 2018.
Located in the heart of the Dutch capital, this waterside facility is currently under construction with the first concrete poured earlier this week (December 11).
Project manager Peter van Mil, who previously oversaw the construction of the yard’s 101.5 metre flagship Symphony, explains that this is an even more complicated undertaking: “I thought that building a Feadship was the most complex thing I’d ever be involved in but the fact that this facility involves so much work underground that one cannot see makes it even more complicated.”
Key features of the new facility will include a 160 metre hall for the construction of new-build projects as well as superyacht refits. The Amsterdam site will be Feadship’s fourth in total and the second to be operated by Royal Van Lent, who will continue to run the Kaag Island yard. The two premises will share the same management team and 450-strong workforce.
Jan-Bart Verkuyl, Feadship director and Royal Van Lent CEO, said: “This major investment illustrates our determination to be fully future-proof.
“The average length of the superyachts we are building continues to grow,” he added. “The majority of projects currently underway are above 80 metres and there is a clear trend to go ever larger.”
Significant superyacht projects under construction at the Dutch yard include the 110 metre Project 1007, which is due for completion next year as the new Feadship flagship.