24 Oct 2014
Alewijnse Marine Systems opens superyacht refit and services at La Ciotat
At the Monaco Yacht Show this year, Alewijnse Marine Systems announced that it would be opening a refit and servicing department at La Ciotat, France. Based in Chantier Naval, the system integrator will be located in the largest refit yard in the south of France.
The new agreement which was signed by CEO of Alewijnse, Dick Alewijnse and Jean-Phillipe Mignard, director general of SEMIDEP Ciotat comes from having already established itself at the yard by taking on regular refit and servicing work with strong relationships with Monaco Marine and Compositeworks. The move will mean that Alewijnse will have a permanent office on-site, allowing for faster turn around time and face-to-face meetings, starting with six personnel onsite.
Services will also include five year Lloyds surveys, pre-and after-season check-up surveys, leasing of mobile shore converters and with potential for crew training for onboard electrical systems.
The move is in sync with Alewijnse’s expansion in global refit and repair facilities, with hopes for the group to provide Northern European quality and expertise to superyachts in the most active cruising grounds. Priority locations are the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas and Florida.
In a statement to the media, Dick Alewijnse explained that it had been “a long held wish of mine to have a permanent presence in the Mediterranean” and that having recently established a base in Antalaya, Turkey “we are very happy that we can be part of the success of La Ciotat, which has in recent years become the leading location of the Mediterranean for yacht refits.”
La Ciotat provides sufficient facilities, from cranes to fork lifts and also lies in an industrial yard environment. The yard receives over 500 boats each year, providing 600 jobs and with 35 companies such as Monaco Marine, Compositeworks and H2X and, conveniently is within a 50 minute drive of Marseille Airport.
Recent projects that have been undertaken are the refits of 49m Volpini and 60m Sea Pearl, and the builds of 92m Equanimity and 55m Astra.
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