Dutch superyacht builder Hakvoort Shipyard has been awarded the Royal designation to mark a century of service.
The award was presented to the shipyard by Arthur van Dijk, the King’s Commissioner for North Holland, on Friday, November 13 at a small-scale ceremony. The yard will now be called Royal Hakvoort Shipyard.
The royal designation marks the 100-year history of the company, which has been run and owned by the Hakvoort family since 1919.
To qualify for the royal title, Dutch companies must meet specific requirements, including being “a leading exponent of the business sector,” “a firm of national importance” and a firm that “serves a major function within the community”.
Hakvoort brothers Klaas and Albert said they were “proud” to receive the honour, which they described as a “milestone moment”.
“This crowns the work of current and previous generations, which has always been driven by entrepreneurship and passion.
"It is also an enormous compliment to all our staff and sub-contractors who have been working with this family yard for years.
“Their efforts and craftsmanship made our success possible. We would also like to thank all our clients and their representatives for the faith they have shown in us.”
Superyachts currently under construction at Hakvoort include the 61 metre YN 251, the 45 metre YN 252 and the hull of the 61 metre YN 253, which is currently underway at Bujis Shipyard.