Dutch superyacht building behemoth Oceanco has acquired new facilities that will enable the shipyard to enter the next stage of its development and reach new heights with its multi-faceted offering. Having been purchased from the offshore construction and gas works builder Heerema, this in an acquisition that Oceanco has been hoping to complete for quite some time.
With four sheds, including the land that they sit on, Oceanco will offer not just an increase in construction capacity, but also new refit and education facilities across the new site. Based in Zwijndrecht, the largest of the four sheds is 204m, offering a significant capacity increase for the superyacht builder.
“This new facility will also allow for more refit and maintenance work,” explains Dirk de Jong, commercial director of Oceanco. “Prior to this our refit capacity was, of course, not as expansive, so now we have the ability to cater to the market.” Oceanco will also be extending this offering to vessels built elsewhere at the upper end of the size spectrum.
“Facilities such as this don’t come up very often”
The new facilities will be given the typical Oceanco makeover with branded sheds, outfit facilities and construction facilities, but much of the infrastructure is already in place - they already have an outfitting facility and a dry dock. Rather than recruiting an entirely new workforce, many of the employees working at the shipyards current facilities will work at this new facility.
“Facilities such as this don’t come up very often,” continues de Jong. “We have actually been looking for an opportunity like this for approximately nine years.”
But, superyacht maintenance and construction aren’t the only focuses for this new facility. It will also be home to the Superyacht Educational Campus, referred to as the ‘Superyacht Brain Park’ which will focus on technical training across a range of different superyacht related areas.
Despite only signing the contract on this new facility two weeks ago, Oceanco plans to have two yachts in the facility this year, the first of which will arrive in July.
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