DONRYP – Smeding Jachtservice has grown significantly in recent years under pressure of ever more complex orders. Like the Lloyd’s-certified bare hull of a 23m (76ft.) superyacht chase boat (right) to ferry guests and owner between ship and shore.
In 2016, Smeding added a storage shed and tripled the size of its build hall to 900 sq.m. (9,700 sq. ft.) “We had to increase capacity,” says Hugo Smeding who runs the company with his brother Geert. “We took in orders for bigger boats and our good name in steel hull construction led to more orders for aluminium hulls. To meet demand, we were forced to organize separate production facilities.”
No sooner had expansion been completed or Smeding got its biggest order to date: the 23m aluminum hull for a Hoek Design, Lloyds-certified chase boat _ an order from Claasen Shipyards, the craft’s builder. “Building to Lloyd’s code was new for us. Until then we had only built to CE norms.”
He soon discovered the difference.
“Building to Lloyd’s norms is very complex and quality control driven,” says Smeding. “Our company and our welders had to be Lloyd’s certified,” said Smeding. He enlisted Weldmij BV _ a consultancy in preventative quality aspects of the steel and aluminum processing industries _ to discover what certificates were required. Smeding’s welders were duly tested and obtained the required certificates that must be renewed twice a year to remain valid.
Also, Lloyd’s carried out visual and X-ray quality checks on hull materials during the 9-month build time of the chase boat. Lloyds Type 3.2 certificates provide customers with the most assurance of a material’s properties. The certificates are very demanding and commonly used in the oil, gas and pressure equipment sectors.
Additionally, Claasen Shipyards closely monitored the build process at Smeding Jachtservice. “Our projects are getting bigger and more complex,” says Smeding. The 23m chase boat was a “cutting-edge project for us. And we showed we can also make high-quality aluminum hulls.” His company is currently working on 2 steel hulls _ for a 13m and a 14m Boarnstream (42.6 ft. and 45.9ft.) cruiser yacht _ and an 15m (49.2 ft.) aluminum motor yacht.
The superyacht chase boat is the 27th collaborative project for Hoek Design and Claasen. The latter will build it to superyacht standards as far as finish, styling, details and technical installations are concerned. The boat will have a range of 750 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots. Its top speed is 25 knots.