Feadship has announced that the first concrete has been poured into the dry dock of the shipyard’s fourth shipyard, currently under construction in Amsterdam. When completed at the end of 2018, the yard will also include a hall for building superyachts up to 160m as well conducting refits of existing Feadships.
The Amsterdam yard will be the second facility operated by Feadship’s Royal Van Lent Shipyard, which will also continue to operate its Kaag Island yard at full capacity. The two premises will share the same management team, with some 450 employees moving between the facilities when required. Along with the two Feadship yards run by Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer and Makkum, there will be a total of four Feadship facilities in the Netherlands once this current project is complete.
“This major investment illustrates our determination to be fully future-proof,” explains Feadship director and CEO of Royal Van Lent Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “The average length of the superyachts we are building continues to grow: the majority of projects currently underway are above 80m and there is a clear trend to go ever larger. The size limitations imposed by the location of the two original Feadship yards in Aalsmeer and Kaag were partly solved by the third yard opened in Makkum in 2005, and this fourth facility in the Port of Amsterdam will complete this expansion.”
According to data gathered by The Superyacht Intelligence Agency, following Feadship’s five deliveries in 2017 with an average LOA of 61.6m, the yard currently has 16 yachts in build with an average LOA of 77.5m (eight of which are in outfitting stage). Taking a closer look at its order book, 31 per cent of Feadship’s in-build yachts are over 90m and 44 per cent are between 70m and 90m. This data clearly backs up an upward trend in LOA, which is evidently driving the decision to expand facilities so that the yard can cater for larger new build orders and the servicing of an increasingly bigger Feadship fleet.