12 Dec 2014
IMS 700 performs first haul-out on Heesen's 43m 'Sister Act'
By Lulu Trask
Following the opening of the International Marine Services (IMS) 700 site, which SuperyachtNews.com visited in July 2014, just nine months after the start of building work, the new ISM facility has successfully hauled its first yacht out of the water using its new travelift.
The superaycht - Heesen’s 43.3m motoryacht Sister Act - was hauled out of the water on 10th December, five days ahead of schedule.
For the shipyard, this event is the culmination of an extensive project that has made the refit facility the largest in the Med, with the two sites - IMS 300 and IMS 700 being able to accommodate up to 100 yachts at the same time.
“Eighty people working full time on the site, [or rather] 20,000 working hours until the completion of the shipyard, and we are doubling our in-house staff,” said Denis Pellegrino, president of ISM Shipyard. “This is a rare and extremely stimulating development project for all of us. We are proud to have successfully completed the first stage of the challenge.”
The next week will see the facility undertaking haul-outs of 12 yachts. “This is a partial opening of the site to satisfy demand while we finish the last phase of works,” explained Pellegrino.
The shipyard is due for completion in March 2015.
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