Blohm+Voss is founding a new branch in La Ciotat near Marseille in the south of France after winning a tender issued by La Ciotat Shipyards, an announcement said Thursday (June 30th). Already based in Hamburg-Steinwerder, Blohm+Voss will carry out maintenance on 80 metre yachts as well as overhauling them in France. For this purpose, Blohm+Voss will rent a 200 metre long dry dock as well as factory workshops in the shipyard from its new strategic partner.
Close co-operation with local community
Fred van Beers, CEO of Blohm+Voss, said: “The location is ideal for us as it offers an excellent site and facilities, highly-qualified staff and a very big local network of suppliers that specialise in the mega yacht industry.” As countless luxury ships already navigate those seas, there are likely to be plenty of synergy effects. “We will be bringing our core business closer to the customer with our central refit location in the Mediterranean.”
Management speaks French
Commenting on the choice of Blohm+Voss, Jean-Yves Saussol, Managing Director of La Ciotat Shipyards, said: “The quality of the business plan, proven competence and the company’s financial strength were important to us, but also the objective at Blohm+Voss to work closely with the local community in La Ciotat.”
During the next weeks, Blohm+Voss will appoint a French-speaking management team to run the new branch. The business is due to be up and running from November 2016.