The Spanopoulos Group in Greece has announced details of the expansion of its facilities with the new shipyard site, dedicated entirely to the refit and repair of superyachts. The group, which started 30 years ago, consists of many different activities including harbour and marine constructions, refit and repair, sea salvage, heavy load transportations and agency services. speaks to Nikolas Katsoulis, shipyard manager, to find out more about the group’s decision to increase focus on the yachting sector.

“The original site in Salamis was made in order to support our own fleet and give us the possibility to construct new vessels,” Katsoulis explains. “Then, after completing the shipyard with all the necessary equipment and 150 employees, we started to provide our services to external clients, ships up to 4000 tonnes and superyachts. Consequently, entering the yachting world, which is a very demanding sector requiring high quality services and modern facilities, the Spanopoulos Group decided to create a new shipyard exclusively dedicated to superyachts.”

This new shipyard, based in Perama, Greece, consists of a 16,500m² site capable of accommodating more than 30 yachts ranging from 25m to 65m and 2500m² of housing offices, workshops, storage areas, library, gym, café and apartments for crew and visitors, the details of which will be completed next week, Katsoulis assures. The shipyard also uses a travel lift of 820 tonnes lifting capacity and 64.5m long floating dock, capable of docking vessels up to 4000 tonnes. Currently, the shipyard is host to 10 yachts, the biggest at 52m and the smallest at 25m.

When asked about the other superyacht facilities available in Greece, Katsoulis believes that the Spanopoulos Group will lead the market there. “I believe that, at the moment, the shipyard facilities in Greece are more than enough,” he states. “The problem is the development of the existing sites; new equipment, modern technology and high standard services and facilities are needed. Our expansion means the opening of new horizons for the yachting sector in Greece. The target is to attract more foreign clients to Greece in order to carry out major refit projects and even build new superyachts.”

Katsoulis also adds that Spanopoulos will not be making any decisions about expanding the group further until the company has reviewed the country’s economic position. “I believe that Spanopoulos will expand in all sectors,” he comments. “But as we know the financial situation in Greece is not very good, we have to first study any changes that have happened after the crisis. Once we have done that we will decide on any plans for the future.”

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