Feadship launched 6 superyachts in 2017 and ended the year with 17 under construction, ranging from 35 to 97 meters. The 6 include the first Feadship ordered from Australia. In late 2017, Feadship broke ground in the Port of Amsterdam for its 4th yard
ICON YACHTS is consolidating its position in explorer yachts. It is now working on Project RAGNAR, a refit of an ice-breaking multipurpose supply vessel into a luxury yacht with a certified ICE Class A1 super hull that is packed with such toys as a helicopter, two 8m tenders, a submarine and a pair of Laser sailboats.
DAMEN SHIPYARDS ended 2017 with the sale of 55m New Frontiers, a support vessel that keeps the decks of superyachts uncluttered. New Frontiers is DAMEN’s first yacht support vessel with owner and guest accommodations. Damen expects to deliver its 6th 55m yacht support vessel in mid-2018.
Van der Valk Shipyard marked its 50th anniversary in 2017 by adding a large construction hall. Van der Valk has begun building its 2nd 20.5m Flybridge motor yacht in its BeachClub series in which the ‘engine room’ is moved aft to the swimming platform to create more space for 3 ‘al fresco’ zones’ amplified by using lots of glass and 360-degree views from 2 lounges and the master suite.
Moonen Shipyards Managing Director Emile Bilterijst has resigned after 20 years at the yard to take up a new role as independent marine consultant. “My main focus, interest and skills,” he says, “lie in the intersection between sales and technology.”
Hartman Yachts, part of the Hartman Marine Group, popped onto the already crowded Dutch superyacht market in 2017with the Amundsen and Livingstone series. The latter is a strikingly classic yacht (available in 24 to 42m) with the lines of a 1930’s ocean liner. The yard’s roots date back to 1775.