Döhle Yachts has announced the establishment of Döhle Yachts Technical Services. The new operation will be headed by director, Richie Blake, who joins Döhle from Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (CISR).
Commenting on Blake’s appointment, Robert Tobin, director of Döhle Private Clients, highlighted his very active role in the drafting of the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) – a technical focus that complements Döhle’s own status as the first management company to secure a flag state document of compliance to manage a PYC-certified yacht. Resultantly, Döhle’s services were recruited by the first PYC superyacht.
Because of this area of focus, and stronger new build market performance at the larger end of the LOA spectrum, “it was decided that the time was right to expand the portfolio of services offered by starting a dedicated Technical Services arm to complement our operations team who already provide ISM, ISPS, Crewing, payroll, MLC, corporate trust and VAT services”, Blake explained in an exclusive conversation with SuperyachtNews.com. “However, to also grow by working alongside existing owners’ teams, yacht crew, third party technical & service providers, shipyards and designers, both during design and construction and when the yacht enters service.”
Although, Döhle is among the industry’s most respected brands of its kind, Blake’s focus will be continuing to bolster that level of service – a turnkey solution that he feels represents the very essence of ‘superyacht management’.
Blake said the rigid commercial management model does not fit the esoteric needs of the superyacht fleet. And while the concept of management is often maligned by the broader industry, with question marks raised over the varying levels of value for money, Blake feels that by focusing on “transparency and taking the ego out of the provision of these services, we would find that yacht owners would gain more from the experience of owning a yacht to complement the enjoyment gained from using a yacht.
“[Superyacht ownership] is not a simple financial investment and I think that everyone involved in making this happen are service providers, not managers. This was the approach I tried to foster at the CISR and I am very happy to find that it is already endemic in everything that Döhle Yachts does.”