IMS Shipyard has announced the inauguration of its IMS 700 site in the presence of more than 600 guests. It claims to now stand amongst the largest yacht repair shipyards in the Mediterranean.

Formerly a naval air station in Saint Mandrier, the first yacht haul-out took place five days ahead of schedule. The site was handed over on March 17 to the group Eiffage and the yard has see around thirty units arrive at the new site since the beginning of this year.

“This is an exceptional development and extremely important for the naval repair industry”, commented CEO Denis Pellegrino, before adding, “up until now, there was no site of this scale in the Mediterranean. We are proud to meet the challenge and thank all those who believed in this project and supported us during this execution.”

The new site covers and area of 110,000sqm in Toulon, including a 100m dock, 15 berth pontoon protected by a floating breakwater, 670tonne travelift and four sheds for dry work, paint booths and crew quarters.

The centre can receive large yachts with a draught up to 10m, with shed number one alone able to accommodate three 50m yachts for paintwork.

Founder of Nepteam holding company has invested €23million in the project and IMS Shipyard owner, Florent Battistella explained that the financial resources along with human relations were important factors in the success of the project, saying in a statement to the media:

“We feel comfortable with this project. The magic takes at all levels: the place, its history, the geographical location and the human dimension.”

The projects completion received praise from Hubert Falco, president of the Toulon Provence Mediterranean Urban Community, who explained that the public-private partnership will allow the region to exert its influence further.

“Our present capacity will allow us to develop new trade relations and since the opening of IMS 700, we have received several boats from the English boat builder Sunseeker, with whom we have established a new partnership,” stated Pellegrino.

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