In 2016, an international tender organised for the exclusive occupation of La Ciotat’s refurbished dry dock lead to the installation of Blohm+Voss La Ciotat SAS, now a joint venture of Blohm+Voss GmbH and MB’92. To keep pace with a steady demand for refit projects on the biggest yachts, La Ciotat Shipyards has now decided to set up a 40,000sqm hard-landing platform for superyachts to be serviced by a 4000-tonne ship lift. The inauguration is planned before the end of the year 2021.
The first step of the project consists of selecting long-term partners who will be granted occupancy rights for up to 35 years in return for their financial contribution. They will also have their say in the technical design of the facility. In line with its usual practice, La Ciotat Shipyards will therefore launch an open tendering process starting in October 2017 to select those partners. Applications must be made in February 2018.
This call offers a unique opportunity for market players wishing to create or increase their business in the western Mediterranean. In order to encourage innovation, the tender is open to every company able to setup a convincing business plan for the operation of the new facilities.
With 36 resident companies covering almost every technical field, along with a complete set of tools for hauling out and dry docking, La Ciotat Shipyards received 92 superyachts over 50m in 2016, accounting for approximately 10 per cent of the yacht refit sector at a global level. The opportunity is an exciting prospect for any willing applicant.