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Feadship's new Amsterdam facility passes construction milestone

Dutch yard Feadship has given a construction update on its forthcoming Amsterdam facility, which is due to open its doors in May 2019.

The facility, which is located in the heart of the Dutch capital, has recently passed a construction milestone after it was connected to the main district heating operation in Amsterdam.

Eleven mobile cranes assembled to simultaneously lift a 160 metre pipe to connect the facility, which will now use renewable and surplus heat.

The green energy source will provide the heating in the main hall, spray cabins, drying areas, workshops and office, the yard revealed.

The yard has also adopted a number of other green energy options. The main building roof is set to be covered in 2262 solar panels, which are estimated to generate 550,000 kWh of energy every year.

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, previously 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.”

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