Notes From The Editor

Editor’s Note: A Milestone Week for European Yards

It’s been a busy week for the shipyards of Europe, with yacht builders across the continent announcing sales, success and growth across the board. There’s no doubt that the season is finally heating up with news of new sheds and full sheds: a sign that summer is just about in touching distance.

While here in the London office we’ve been praising the sunny skies, the film team have spent this week experiencing soaring heat in the UAE. Working on exciting projects that cannot yet be revealed, they’ve visited some of the most prestigious luxury destinations in Abu Dhabi and had the opportunity to conduct yacht shoots against the regions’ impressive skylines.

To a slightly different skyline, our lead story this week comes from Amsterdam where Feadship celebrated the opening of a new facility in The Netherlands capital. Queen Maxima was present at the ceremony which marked a milestone moment in the shipyard’s history. Not only does the new shipyard allow Feadship to build bigger, but it has also been hailed for it’s eco-credentials.

Yet Feadship weren’t the only shipyard announcing new building-grounds. Royal Huisman this week announced their new facility in the Port of Amsterdam. Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman, explained the reasoning behind this expansion: “In extending our facilities in the Amsterdam region, we will be able to properly meet the growing demand among current and new customers.

But the shipyard news doesn’t stop there. Further South, Italian builders were also celebrating with CNB Sailing Yachts revealing a move to Monte Carlo Yachts’ building facility in Monfalcone. The development hopes to further grant the company access to outstanding facilities designed specifically for luxury large units. 

We also heard of yacht launches this week. In Finland, Baltic Yachts launched not one, not two, but three yachts over 20m. The largest (at 43m) demonstrates groundbreaking new sailing technology which you can read more about in Feature Writer, Anna Solomon’s article here.

Further, in Germany, photos emerged of Abeking and Rasmussen who are set to launch their latest project with Winch Design; 80m Excellence. Watch this space for updates as we learn more.

So while shipyard updates keep coming in, for those looking for lighter reading, summer charter inspiration can be found in Jenna Medhi’s Mediterranean Yachting Guide, which takes a look at the humble to high-end hub of Porto Montenegro. Further, in this week’s Interior Insight we take a peek inside one of the world’s most iconic yachts, Alfa Nero. Available for charter with Burgess, the Oceanco giant could be the platform for your next on-the-water escape.

See you next week!