Feadship officially opened its purpose-built superyacht facility in the port of Amsterdam on May 16 in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima and some 2,500 members of the workforce. The ceremony saw the culmination of five years of planning, design and construction on the second Royal Van Lent yard (and the fourth Feadship facility in the Netherlands), which will now be used to build and refit Feadships of up to 160m.
At 425,000 cubic meters, the facility will operate in tandem with the Royal Van Lent yard on Kaag Island, which runs at full capacity, according to a statement. The two yards will share the same management team and corporate culture, with 450 skilled employees from a range of outfitting and refit disciplines moving between the facilities as and when required.
A further 150 new jobs have been created for highly skilled yacht builders, a demand which is in part being met by Feadship Academy training schools. The first project is already underway in Amsterdam as construction moves forward on an 88m Feadship known as Project 816.
This year marks the 170th anniversary of Royal Van Lent, one of the two yacht building family dynasties that makes up Feadship along with Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw in Aalsmeer and Makkum.