Following the recent signing of a contract by Dick Alewijnse, CEO of Alewijnse Marine Systems, and Jean-Philippe Mignard, director general of SEMIDEP CIOTAT, progress has been rapid in establishing the home of Alewijnse’s latest permanent refit and servicing subsidiary, at La Ciotat.
The new resource is located within Chantiers Naval, the largest refit facility in the south of France. All that remains to be done is furnishing the premises and connecting the telecommunications, and they will be open for business.
With its 35 hectares of space, deep water berths and nearly 40 superyacht repair and refit specialist companies on site, La Ciotat is one of the top facilities of its type to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean. As a leading system integrator, Alewijnse brings an additional set of skills that will be valued by owners and project managers that bring their yachts to the yard.
From its offices at La Ciotat, Alewijnse will provide both warranty services for existing customers and full repair and refit packages for electrical systems designed and installed by third-party yards and integrators. Users of Alewijnse services will benefit from rapid analysis and diagnosis of system issues, faster turnaround times and face-to-face coordination with partners in the yard. A team of initially six personnel will be based at La Ciotat under the management of Marcel van Loon, with a mix of Dutch and French Alewijnse engineers and technicians to undertake major projects.
The establishment of a permanent presence in the western Mediterranean has long been a goal of the Alewijnse Group and follows on from the recent opening of a base in Antalya, Turkey, two and a half thousand kilometres further east.