Work underway on Feadship Makkum facility extension
by Miranda Blazeby
Dutch yard Feadship has revealed that work is underway on a new 166 metre hall at its Makkum facility.
The yard got the go ahead to extend the existing complex in Makkum following months of consultation with the local Dutch council. The development will include new offices and workshops, as well as the new hall, which will enable the Makkum team to work on two large yachts at once.
It will be equipped with a 140 metre dry dock, which will be 21.5 metres wide to enable the construction of yachts with wider beams. The new offices and workshops, meanwhile, will be “strategically situated” between both halls. The first phase of the extension project is due to be completed in November 2019.
Feadship director Henk de Vries described the development as “a considerable investment.” “While the good Feadship order book is one reason for increasing capacity, as a family business we find it crucial to secure the future for generations to come,” he said.
“The community of Makkum has very close ties with this yard. The people who work at Feadship are our most valuable asset and many others are connected because their neighbours or children work here or they support our business in some way.”
The news comes after the yard gave a construction update on its forthcoming Amsterdam facility, which is due to open its doors in May 2019.