France-based IMS Shipyard plans to open its IMS 700 yard in mid-December across the bay from Toulon. The company is calling it the largest yacht repair shipyard in the Mediterranean. When complete, it will accommodate up to 100 yachts 20-80m year round.
The new yard is in Saint-Mandrier’s former naval air base (Toulon bay), which enables IMS to increase capacity five-fold, especially for yachts up to 80-90m, because of a water depth of up to 10m.
The new yard will have 130,000 square meters of surface area, more than quadruple existing yards, the company said in a statement. It also is built in a protected maritime zone and has sheds with a ceiling height of up to 15m for long-term work and material storage.
The first reservations have already been taken, the yard said.
Over the summer, 80 40m piles (of the 143 received) were implanted at the bottom of the maritime area. The new 670-ton Travelift was delivered unassembled at the beginning of July in 17 articulated trucks from Italy and assembled by IMS employees.
In September, work began on the second phase of the 37,000-square-meter central platform: civil engineering work above the implanted piles and transforming the buildings into workshops, offices, reception and recreational areas for crews.
IMS also has another Travelift, as well as cranes and forklifts; 100 slots, including 25 floating berths; long-term mooring available for work in closed, covered boat sheds; a boatshed dedicated to paintwork that can hold three boats of up to 50m at the same time; vacuum system of wastewater disposal; individual box storage for sea toys and equipment year round; a 500-square-meter crew quarters with offices, a multimedia room, fitness center, and barbecue area; and a conference/meeting room for 100 people.
For more information, visit www.i-m-s.fr