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Superyacht Refit Yards

Article by Frances and Michael Howorth

17.01.22

Choosing your refit yard - the 10 point plan

With an enormous number of refit yards dotted around Europe and the Mediterranean, ONBOARD with the help of Captain Michael Howorth looks at the top ten things you need to look for when choosing a yard for your next refit project

Regardless of size or age, every superyacht will, at some stage in its life, need to be repaired, maintained, or refitted according to its applicable regulation. This means that, from a shipyards point of view, there is a never-ending stream of business waiting around the corner. Where it not for the fact that superyacht repair and refit is a profitable business, none of them would bother to compete with the other. Fortunately for the yacht owner, there are too many superyacht specialist shipyards for them to become complacent and therefore health rivalry ensures they stay on their toes when it comes to acquiring new business.

So, superyacht refit and repair shipyards market are setting themselves up to meet not only the increase in number and size of superyachts seeking to attend in the coming years, but also, they are being forced into meeting the new complexities that superyachts present when they enter the yard. Privately and off the record I cannot find a single yard that does not acknowledge that the people they most have to impress, when seeking new business, are the yacht’s Captain and the Chief Engineer. On the record, they deny this, claiming that it is the owner or the yacht’s manager who are the more important party. Whatever the truth, there remains a powerful element of choice that rests with the yachts crew members when choosing the yard to complete the work. This means that crew need to have a grasp on which factors they must consider when they require repair shipyard services

Commercial shipyards traditionally fall into two distinct types and these depend on the workload for which they are designed. The two comprise of construction shipyards and repair and maintenance shipyards. But superyacht yards tend to fudge the lines of distinction somewhat and builders the likes of Azimut Benetti are actively attracting refit work. The big boy builders have got reputation and marketing might on their side but offer little else to the visiting yacht. The repair and maintenance shipyards have got geography on their side. This type of yard is characterised by its infrastructure and available facilities. Each have landside and seaside elements. The seaside is used for repairs afloat or inside floating docks. While ashore their space is used to store and work on superyachts lifted from the water by travel lift, crane or slipway. The area ashore is also used for support areas such as warehouses, workshops, stores and offices.

Having established which type of yard is the most appropriate the next task is to consider the other factors. Here, the background history, facilities, reputation and geography all play major roles. It is important to look at the benefits one yard offers when compared to others and it is prudent to check on references while considering the yards reputation and specialities. The attitude staff show and their approach to problem solving and future proofing their structures are all equally important.

PORT DENIA
PORT DENIA
PORTS OF TOULON
PORTS OF TOULON

1 ATTRACTION
What is it for example that makes one yard more attractive to customers? What is it that makes a Captain choose one yard over another? The Greece-based Talos Shipyards is mainly a refit yard, supporting the superyacht fleet of PrivatSea, Merchant Ships and Special Vessels, with a high occupancy throughout the year. It is one of the largest shipyards in the Eastern Mediterranean and was recently rebranded as Talos while completing a series of major infrastructure works to improve the services provided to its diverse clientele. The shipyard offers 1,500 metres of docks and piers, 15,000 m2 of buildings and structures on 88.000 m2 of land. Competitive pricing for alongside berthing and all year mooring of large vessels up to 300 metres makes them one of the more attractive yards for repairs and maintenance in the region. It has a good geographical location being just 25km from downtown Athens and less than 40 minutes by car from Athens International Airport. Speaking for the shipyard, CEO Ilias Kalomiris says, “The thing that sees customers coming back to our yard is the diligence, the time of the yacht delivery which depending on the yacht s size is 2 to 6 months sooner of other shipyards that construct similar yachts, our quality which can be seen from the fact we have not a single claim in any construction or refit we have completed till today and the excellent co-operation we have with our clients.”

2 REPUTATION
Shipyards with a good reputation often acknowledge that history has played a major role in their modern-day success servicing superyachts. One prime example would be Lusben The two Lusben yards are part of the Azimut Benetti group and act as the refit specialists within that conglomerate. Described by many as ‘One-Stop-Shop’ for all types of yachts refit and repair projects it has facilities in both Livorno and Viareggio. Over 1000 yachts have found “new life” within these facilities making the company proud for their hospitality, organisation, technology and an extreme focus and attention to details which is the DNA of the corporate philosophy. The company operates with modern facilities, expertise, technical know-how, highly skilled and proud craftsmen, and is capable of handling yachts from 20 to 140 metres.

First established in 1956 in Viareggio as a specialist yacht re-fit yard Lusben was one of the first company to undertake this type of business. The know-how it has gained over its 60 years of superyacht involvement have set a benchmark in the maritime yacht repair sector. Captains talk of guaranteed quality, punctuality and the seriousness attitude of company officials when describing their experiences. When it comes to reputation, mouth to mouth advertising contributes greatly to the gaining of new customers. When choosing a yard listen carefully to talk between staff and owners, managers, captains and crew alike because they play an important part in the choosing process

TALOS SHIPYARDS
TALOS SHIPYARDS
KRM YACHT
KRM YACHT

3 HISTORY
In more recent times specialist superyacht refit shipyards have been founded. They have generally been created specially to deal with the ever-increasing work load a fast growing fleet of superyacht offers. The KRM shipyard in Turkey is one such. Founded for the sole purpose of refitting and repairing superyachts, KRM Shipyards specialise in servicing superyachts in the 30 to 40 metre range but is capable of handling craft up to 50 metres. The main facility of the KRM shipyard is located in Tuzla, just a 15-minute drive from the international airport and this allows for quick and easy access for crew and owners alike. As a facility it is part of a large marina with shopping malls, entertainment places, cinemas and a luxury hotel all located within walking distance. With secondary service points in Gocek Antalya Bodrum and Yalova, the company offers a Turkey wide support service to local craft and visiting foreign flagged superyachts.

Some modern-day facilities are not even shipyards in true sense of the word. They are instead clusters of nautical excellence and Ports of Toulon is a prime example. Developing refit and maintenance activity among superyachts along the Mediterranean seaboard is the main mission for the Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée. They are not a shipyard as such and act as the port authority of a commercial port. Nevertheless, the have, and support a cluster of private companies making Ports of Toulon a place to be in terms of refit and repair such as. Shipyards in the area include IMS, Monaco Marine, Foselev Marine and Ender Navibord, who are part of an informal association of local shipyards marine equipment manufacturers and companies. The nautical cluster provides and promotes on-site hosting of contractors, in order to position Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée as a superyacht stopover, refit and maintenance destination for superyachts.  Procedures put in place by the port dealing with health declaration, quarantine can all be discussed with the Harbour Master, Lionel Mosnier.

4 FACILITIES
Frequently it is the facilities offered by a shipyard that win the day and ensure the deal is signed. As part of the Italian Sea Group, the NCA Refit Yard, created in 1942, is strategically positioned inside Marina di Carrara’s port and offers its infrastructures and services to superyachts across the Mediterranean. It boasts the largest private drydock in the Mediterranean capable of handling superyachts up to 200 metres in length. With 100,000 square metres of operative space, 11 warehouses, 2000 metres of alongside dockage, a floating dock for yachts up to 90 metres and a maximum capacity of 3,300 tons the yard prides itself with an excellence for refitting operations and the repairing of both power and sailing superyachts yachts.

ADRIA DOCKS
ADRIA DOCKS
LUSBEN
LUSBEN

5 GEOGRAPHY
All the facilities in the world are not going to help when repairs become suddenly critical. As it says on the front of the T shirt: Ship Happens and when it does, geography plays an important part in the choice of a shipyard. Port Denia, the Superyacht Centre on the east coast of Spain, 45 miles from Ibiza and 1 hour from both Alicante and Valencia airports. Offering both shipyard and marina facilities, situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan town of Denia. The refit yard is a good geographical choice for Captains, Owners and management companies looking for a quality yet cost effective location, winter berthing solution or charter pick-up point for the Balearic Islands.

The superyacht shipyard is a refit, maintenance and repainting facility capable of servicing superyachts up to 1200gt with a beam of up to 15 metres width. Consisting of 2 x 80 metre haul out slipways, a 150gt travel lift, a dry dock area of 21,000 square metres and specialist workshops. Because of its good geographical location, the shipyard easily accessible from land or sea, the dry dock area can accommodate all sizes of vessels on the 'hard standing'.

The town of Denia itself is famous for its culinary delights, and is a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, boasts a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant, 2 nearby golf courses, a 5-star Hotel, 25km of blue flag beaches and endless watersports and activities. Convenient, competitive and a lifestlye to savour. Buzzing with life, Denia seems to be busy all year round. And the superyacht berths are located in the town centre just a short walk away from the Shipyard. Surrounded by restaurants, nightlife, water sports it seems to offer all the services you could expect of a popular refit location.

6 ATTITUDE AND HEALTH & SAFETY
Captains should seek a yard with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Often it is a yard’s attitude towards Quality over Cost that is an important factor in the success of any refit. Stjepan Lučin the Managing director at Adria Docks in Croatia says, “Our company since its foundation is constantly aiming to provide the best quality to the Client, while keeping to the budget and offering very competitive rates as opposed to yards in the western part of the Mediterranean.

Adria Docks in Trogir has floating docks with lifting capacities of 8,500 and 800 tonnes, and a 300-metres of service wharf. A travel lift service with lifting capacity of 600 tonnes services hard standing used for extended period for maintenance and repairs. The shipyard can carry out maintenance work at the quayside or in the docks, and can service, repair or modify superyachts up to 150 metres. Adria Docks also offers a testing station with its own installed test cell, for marine and industrial engines of up to 3.4 MW. It provides detailed testing of engines before installation or after reconstruction, with the test results under actual engine load. “The aim is always to satisfy the Client without compromising Quality,” says Stjepan Lučin.

If the recent Covid inspired pandemic has taught us anything it is that work needs to carry on even in the face of adversity. It is here that Attitude joins forces with Health and Safety issues which even before the pandemic struck was an important enough reason to consider choosing one shipyard over another.

RMK Marine have a complete health and environment protection management system that they have actively followed for more than 15 years. “So,” says Özgür Numan, “We are used to take serious approach on health and safety. With this practise in hand, adapting to the new world’s standards and creating new measures of controls and safety was not very difficult for us. Apart from extended health precautions, we are now paying more attention to procurement terms and the planning matters in order to manage and monitor the delivery of the goods for any project. Also, the online meetings are now the standard for any business. We are performing online internal meetings even when all the participants are in their offices at the shipyard. The gain of time is impressive.”

Covid has brought other surprising results. “Taking into consideration the last two years, in which were affected by the pandemic, we are expecting the grow of our business at Adria Docks,” says Stjepan Lučin.

He adds, “Looking at our statistic data we can see that the pandemic did not affect refit and repair market. We have had even better income in 2020, then in 2019. Considering of our activities and income over three quarters of 2021 and comparing with same period in 2020 we can see that company will have even better results this year. That is the best proof how this market sales has not been adversely affected by pandemic.

He continues, “We have adjusted our way of doing business according to the global pandemic recommendations and obligations in way of prevention of Covid19 infection and protection of our clients, workers and contractors. The most significant alterations were during the full lockdown when most countries in Europe prevented to travel for the purposes of negotiations with the clients. That is when we began embracing modern communication methods the likes of video calls, conferencing.

KRM YACHT
KRM YACHT
NCA REFIT
NCA REFIT

7 SPECIALITY
Not all shipyards are the same and some stand out from the crowd having established a specialty. After all, it would not make sense to the operators of a stell hulled yacht whose superstructure is of composite, to visit a yard where welding aluminium is its prime selling point. KM Yachtservices in Makkum specialises in the refit, repair, maintenance and finishing of sailing and motor yachts of up to 30 metres. Aluminium is their specialisation, and it has always been so. It began in 1997 with Eeuwe Kooi started carrying out minor repairs on them at the current location at Stienplaat 7 under the name Kooi Makkum.
When a little later a hull building neighbour went bankrupt, a number of his customers asked if Eeuwe could help them to finish their yacht, which were under construction at the time. So, he founded Kooi Makkum Yachtbuilders. From that time onwards they also became actively engaged in the sale of new aluminium sailing yachts and now trade as KMY

8 BENEFITS
Often a Captain will choose a yard because of the benefits it offers to his crew. In Italy, NCA Refit, for example, offers the ‘Village’, a high-end area fully dedicated to the free time of Captains and Crews. At the Village, people can enjoy a drink or have a coffee with friends at the elegant lounge bar or have a dinner at the restaurant, work out at the gym or relax with an essential oils massage at the spa. The internal concierge staff takes good care of all guests to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable. Crews have access to many activities for leisure, services for personal care, and will be able to visit some of the worldwide famous Italian cultural and historical spots.

SUBBASE DRYDOCK
SUBBASE DRYDOCK
KM YACHTBUILDERS
KM YACHTBUILDERS

9 REPEATING CLIENTS
Many yachts return to the same shipyard year after year. But how or perhaps more importantly why do they do that? Many clients return to a shipyard for a successive refit or maintenance period, testimony perhaps to the positive feedback that its clients have regarding their experience in the shipyard.

RMK Marine in Turkey is a one of a kind shipyard having a wide range of products and services and the refit business is always very active with new and repeating clients. Özgür Numan the Yacht Department Director at RMK Marine Shipyard reports that in 2021, “Our refit activities saw a record business, with more than 70 yacht operations with the largest 8 yachts having an average length of 45 metres. The largest and perhaps the most exhaustive work was on board 75 metre Meserret III (ex. Leander G). Here the task was to accomplish a full renewal of the interior and all the related systems on a 700 m2 luxury area including the addition of a 4-deck passenger lift. Accomplishing this project in 7 months during the pandemic condition was a great challenge and achievement.

Yachts return to RMK because, “We give the same level of attention to every client, but obviously the relation with the repeating clients improves year after year as we better get to understand their needs and they also know us better,” says Özgür Numan. He adds, “We also have a maintenance plan for repeating clients where we plan and quote the following winter period prior to the departure of the yacht. This helps a lot the crew and the owner to plan their following seasons time-wise and financially.”

While it is a fact that yachts do return to the facilities at a shipyard it is often or not the owners that are the repeating customer. Stjepan Lučin the Managing director at Adria Docks in Croatia says, “We think key in this is that the total concept should be in a right balance which means price, quality and experience. Also, we think that everything mentioned above contributes in it. We like to put in just the little bit of extra effort and think that’s one of the reasons yachts like to come back to our shipyard.”

The Italian Sea Group believes, “The reason we are successful in attracting repeat business is because we keep our word over and above the contractual commitment, making people feel at home, creating a community, not putting the shipowners’ representatives in a position to ask for extra budget not agreed, creating a trust, making them feel confident. In 5 years we have done 125 projects and the new business has always come mouth to mouth.”

10 REFERENCES
One final consideration Captains need to take before booking a maintenance slot in a shipyard and that is references. In much the same way one would check the bone fides of an aspiring stewardess so too should a good Captain ask around. Just as reading the CV proffered by a pretty girl is not enough nor should a captain believe a yard representative, website or brochure. Captains should check and check again with colleagues who have recent first-hand experience of a yard.

Superyacht Refit Yards

Article by ONBOARD Magazine

15.10.21

Looking yards ahead

Refit season is on the horizon, but how does one choose the right yard for their yacht and the works to be carried out? ONBOARD looks at some of the best yards around the world.

If ever there were proof of the old adage “Proper Preparation Prevents a Pretty Poor Performance” then the tasks undertaken before arrival at a refit yard is it. In short get it right before you arrive, and the refit will have a much better chance of producing a successful outcome. Many of the better shipyards produce a useful check list for captains to use before they arrive. But captains and chief engineers who are old hands at the refit game, will remind you that these are yard specific and yacht generic when what the yacht needs; is “yacht specific and yard generic”. They do however provide a good starting point.

There are of course some important priorities to get sorted first and these may be dictated by the owner, however, to propose a shipyard visit correctly, you must offer two or three on a short list and underline the pros and cons for each. But remember, price is not always the main reason to book your refit slot.

Location
Choosing the right yard for the job is essential. Many captains have seen their refit fail because they chose a holiday destination believing that they and their crew will be able to enjoy down time in the sunshine. Face facts! Refits are hard work and down time is as rare during refit as it is during charter. It would be better to schedule in crew R&R as a reward for a successful refit rather than compromise the job. Different yards are better equipped to deal with types of works, than others so chose the yard because of their capability rather than personal preference.

Good communication
It is often said that effective communication ensures that the information is provided in the right format, at the right time, to the right audience, and with the right impact. Never is that more true than in a shipyard especially one in a country where the local language is different to that spoken by the crew. Effective communication is often the foundation of successful projects. Good communication can unite crew and shipyard staff in striving for strategy objectives and budget.

References
One final consideration captains need to take before booking a maintenance slot in a shipyard and that is references. In much the same way one would check the bona fides of an aspiring stewardess so too should a good captain ask around. Do not believe a yard representative or website. Captains should check and check again with colleagues who have recent first hand experience of a yard. Get it wrong and it will be the captain who gets to ship out.

NCA Refit
NCA Refit

NCA REFIT
ITALY

NCA boasts absolute high skills in the activities of refitting and repair of superyachts, megayachts and sailing yachts and it combines a range of exclusive services reserved for crews on a highly qualified team of engineers, architects and technicians. At the moment, the 100,000 square metres of operative space includes: a 200 X 35 metre dry dock, a floating dock for yachts of up to 3,300 tons, 2000 metres of pier, 8000 sqm of hard standing space, 2000 sqm shed of storage area, personal offices for surveyors, captains and yacht managers, internal upholstery department, crew member village with a reception, lounge bar, spa, private gym and beautician, on- board fuel and electricity supply, on-site ship chandler. The site’s facilities of NCA REFIT are being expanded in order to increase their on-site hospitality and production capacity. The following areas of the project TISG 4.0 are already operative: new subcontractors workshops, outfitting area, new build shed 3220 sqm approx, new external area for hard standing 5000 sqm approx. And in progress within the expansion is a new drydock 146 x 46 x 7.7 mt, covering with shed of old dock 196 x 36 x 6 mt, new build shed 5440 sqm approx.

Among the most recent and outstanding refitted yachts at NCA REFIT there are: S/Y ZEFIRA 50mt, M/Y VISION 60mt, M/Y ANNA I 67mt, M/Y ASTRA 55mt, M/Y 140 mt and many more.
For more details Tel: +39 0585 5062 or visit www.ncarefit.com

Monaco Marine
MONACO MARINE

MONACO MARINE
Monaco/France

Monaco Marine is a network of refit and maintenance shipyards for yachts up to 160m+. Their expertise, know- how and ability to manage huge refit projects allow them to reach the highest quality standards available on the market. Over 3,000 yachts undergo refit, repair or wintering at Monaco Marine shipyards every year. Thanks to eight yacht facilities and one marina located from Monaco to Marseille, with 132’500 sqm of dry land including 13’500 sqm of covered areas, and 220 employees, Monaco Marine Group offers a large range of possibilities to its clients. With hauling out capacity up to 2000 tons and unlimited size afloat, each Monaco Marine shipyard has its own unique approach for each segment of yachts. The shipyards are equipped to carry out standard maintenance but also offer a much wider brief encompassing extensive works requiring specialists in engineering, carpentry, paint work, electrics and electronics. After more than 25 years’ experience, Monaco Marine provides the best support for owners, captains and crew along the year. Respectful of the environment their network of shipyards maintain the equal standards.

So clients can be sure that their yacht will be maintained with respect to all environmental regulations in order to preserve the fauna and flora of the oceans, as attested by the regulation ISO 14001 with which their yards are certified.
For more details Tel: +37797970220 email commercial@monacomarine.com
or visit www.monacomarine.com

Subbase Drydock

SUBBASE DRY DOCK
St. Thomas, USVI

Subbase Drydock is located in St. Thomas, USVI, and is the largest yacht repair facility in the Caribbean. They provide comprehensive services and specialise in preforming highly technical projects for the largest superyachts in the Caribbean. Their clients fill the spectrum from local yacht owners to Mediterranean bound superyachts just passing though. The customers range in size from sailing yachts of 220’ with 16’ drafts to 220’ motor yachts and 1000 long tones. The stellar reputation has developed as a result of their long-lasting partnerships with their clients. Their depth of experience in technical machining, mechanical engineering, design and construction, marine installation procedures, unparalleled project management, and personal involvement throughout the boating and yachting community is extraordinary. Your crew has the option to remain onboard while the vessel is drydocked or stay at your choice of two hotels or a lovely guesthouse all within a five minute drive. Their talented crew of 35 are ready to assist you in a professional and friendly manner.

But don’t just take their word, a recent captain commented, “For any captains that need to get hauled out during the Caribbean season, I can highly recommend Subbase as a convenient option that can provide high quality work and solve complex problems fast in a friendly manner.”
For more details Tel: + 1 (340) 776 2078 or visit www.subbasedrydock.com

RMK Marine
RMK Marine

RMK MARINE
Turkey

Founded originally on the banks of the Golden Horn, RMK Marine was established in Tuzla in 1997 as part of the Koç Group, Turkey’s largest industrial and services conglomerate. Apart from commercial and naval ships, the facility is known for building world-class yachts such as Twilight, Caressa K, the S&S-designed 52m Nazenin V and the 45m Ron Holland-designed Karia. Refit, repair and restoration represent another segment of activity. By relying on its resources, dedicated workshops, skilled staff and project planning done through a complex ERP system, RMK Marine delivers on average 10 to 20 large refit projects every year. Among the most successful ones are those involving the 75m Meserret III, the 73m Planet Nine, the 45m Keyla and the 33m Vera IV. Currently, the shipyard is increasing its overall lifting capacity from 855 to 3,000 tons. In 2021 RMK Marine announced partnerships with Vripack and Hot Lab studios for the design of two exploring yachts, the RMK 120 Seven Seas and the 50m Aries, respectively. A Yacht Project (New Built Number 122) for a north American client has been signed and become effective.

The ‘steel cutting’ ceremony of NB122 took place in RMK MARINE in December 2020 and as such it marks the start of the construction phase of the project. The 36,8 m yacht will be an ocean going explorer motor yacht emphasising strong construction yet luxurious and comfortable navigation. The Vripack designed steel and aluminium yacht will be engineered by RMK MARINE and with her 5 luxurious en-suite cabins, will allow her guests to enjoy seven seas of the world.
For more details Tel: +90 5495623559 or visit www.rmkyachts.com

Orams Marine

ORAMS MARINE
New Zealand

Orams Marine sets a new standard for superyacht refit in the South Pacific. A major new development in Orams Marine is now in operation. It marks the completion of the first stage in the large-scale development, which has included a new 820 tonne travel lift, 85 tonne travel lift, expanded hardstand, and sustainable water treatment plant, all now in use. The central- Auckland yard is a full-service refit destination, which combines a central location, excellent facilities and quality on-site trades, with over 35 years’ experience. The high-quality work, by specialised on-site trades is overseen by experienced, dedicated project managers who bring a hands-on approach. They’ll be joined by crew services, further adding to the enjoyment and ease yachts experience while refitting in New Zealand. The new 820 tonne and 85 tonne travel lifts add to existing capabilities including a 75 tonne travel lift, 600 tonne slipway, ten 92 metre work berths, on-site tender storage,

50 metre covered shed, and over 60 marine trades on the 32,000 square metre site. Sitting in the heart of Auckland, it’s close to crew houses, gyms, and Auckland’s most-popular dining precinct in a safe, friendly neighbourhood. The marina can berth superyachts up to 90 metres. The adjacent Orams Marine Village Boat Park is Auckland City’s largest purpose built dry stack facility and is the easiest place to store and access a boat in Auckland.
For more details Tel: +64 9 308 4806 or visit www.orams.co.nz

Balk Shipyard

BALK SHIPYARD
The Netherlands

Family business Balk Shipyard opened her doors in 1798, building wooden vessels on a small slipway in Elburg. Now seven generations of the Balk family tree later and Balk Shipyard has evolved into a word-leading yard for refits and rebuilds of superyachts. Now located in Urk, they have two refit halls with room for three yachts up to 45 and 65 metres and a construction hall, dedicated to aluminium. Next to that there is a syncrolift which enables them to haul out and launch yachts horizontally up to 1000 tons dead weight. The yachts can be moved from the lift to one of three outside tracks or to one of the designated halls. Next to the facilities on the hard, they also have some mooring spaces within the protected borders of their premises. These mooring spaces are of course equipped with proper shore power and running water. Separate from the yard facilities, they have the availability of a crew house as of late 2020.

The work and identity of Balk Shipyard rests entirely on the expertise of its skilled employees. Every rebuild and refit is customised to suit the wishes of each client. Working closely with naval architects, exterior designers, interior designers and subcontractors they give you the opportunity to carefully craft your own fully customised yacht. Many disciplines need to be deployed in a very careful and efficient way. This can only be done properly by the best of the best, which is why they have many disciplines in-house.
For more details Tel: +31 527 681 741 or visit www.balkshipyard.com

KRM Yacht Refit & Repair
KRM Yacht Refit & Repair

KRM RREFIT & REPAIR
Turkey

KRM Yacht Refit & Repair was established in 2010 for the sole purpose of specialising in superyacht refit and has, since then been investing in that area and has become the leader of the refit industry in Turkey by virtue of its improved standards and capacity increasing each and every year with great achievements. KRM Yacht refit & repair facility is located in Istanbul / Tuzla which hosts one of the biggest marine industry of the world together with all its infrastructure capabilities meeting all requirements and needs of superyacht refit. The facility is just 15 minutes’ drive from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and is also surrounded by restaurants, apart hotels, bars, shopping malls and cinemas. All of these activities are in walking distance to their facility for guests and crew members. KRM yacht team is composed of project managers, engineers, architects, surveyors, technicians and craftsmen, more than 80 marine professionals with only refit dedication. This number reaches to more than 300 with their meticulously hand-picked subcontractors who have become trustworthy partners after several years of collaboration.

KRM offers high quality in-house services for project management & development, painting, carpentry, interior, engineering & design, metal works, plumbing& piping, test & classification, and all other services are given by the most professional subcontractors of the region, under the supervision of their project managers for ensuring the highest standard in every aspect of superyacht refit.
For more details Tel: +90 212 26 26 726 or visit www.krmyacht.com

Navantia Shipyard
Navantia Shipyard

NAVANTIA SHIPYARD
Spain

Navantia shipyard is strategically located on the Mediterranean coast in the millennial tourist city of Cartagena. A shipyard with over 300 years of history specialised in the repair and refit of large yachts. Its large and modern facilities and services allow the performance and completion of any type of work, from yacht extensions, interior renovations, full painting, rigging, technical services to upgrades or full overhauls of engines. The centre, in addition to its 3000 m2 multipurpose workshop, has its own team of highly qualified personnel to meet the luxury megayacht market’s highly demanding standards and provides all required works: steelworks, aluminium, machining, caulking, electricity and carpentry, etc. In addition, it has collaboration agreements with the most prestigious local and international auxiliary companies that share their long tradition and expertise. The shipyard boast its own engine factory that manufactures and overhauls Caterpillar, MAN or MTU engines, as well as a fully comprehensive after sales service including the supply of spare parts, block casting, machining and its own onsite engine test benches.
For more details Tel: +34 968 12 83 40 – 629 64 24 08 or visit www.yacht.navantia.es

Ports of Toulon
Port of Toulon

PORTS OF TOULON
France

When you look for a call that works for the yacht and for the crew, you should consider Toulon Bay and its ports,
quays and shipyards. In the heart of the French Mediterranean, dominated by 1900-feet-high Mount Faron and its red cable car, having mixed for years civilian and military activities, Toulon Bay offers a comfortable shelter for yachts of all sizes. A dynamic urban area of half a million inhabitants houses naval industry, marine research, international passenger transport...and some nice beaches and pocket beaches. Serious about attracting the superyacht industry, The Ports of Toulon organisation continues to invest in new infrastructure, including an extra 1.4 kilometre of quayside, under ISPS Compliance, i.e restricted access and 24/24 video surveillance. Several top 10 megayachts have already picked up the spot, known for its deep water quays and alongside berthing. Easy refuelling and winter lay-up are other key arguments for Toulon Bay, a yacht port to be considered. The port authority is an active participant in the « Contrat de Baie de la Rade de Toulon » group whose goal is the improvement of the water quality and is also taking the necessary steps to obtain the Clea Port European certification of its ports.

Since its creation in 2009, Ports Toulon Provence has initiated a sustainable development programme. Based on the 5 fundamentals, it will include a section concerning environmental and habitat protection and preservation.
For more details Tel: +33 (0)6 46 69 77 27 or visit www.ports-tpm.fr