German superyacht builder Blohm+Voss, part of German shipyard Lürssen, and Spanish refit specialist MB92 form a joint venture to operate the 200x60m dry dock at La Ciotat shipyard in France.

La Ciotat Semidep

Aerial view, La Ciotat Semidep. Photo credit JC Verchere

Blohm+Voss, part of German shipyard Lürssen, and MB92 have reached an agreement to jointly manage via its joint venture Blohm+Voss La Ciotat SAS the 200x60m dry dock whose concession was granted last October.

”We are delighted to announce that further to constructive discussions with the management of La Ciotat Shipyards/SEMIDEP regarding the future use of the dry dock and the adjacent factory buildings, we have reached a good solution,” says Oliver Grün, media relations manager at Lürssen.

Grün  continues: “A joint venture was formed between Blohm+Voss and the Spanish shipyard “Marina Barcelona 92” (MB92). The joint venture will offer and complete refit and repair orders. We are convinced that with the partnership we are able to make better use of the dock capacities and to offer our customers optimal conditions for maintenance and conversion activities of yachts over 80 metres long.”

Commenting on the partnership, MB92 says: “The excellent relationship between Lürssen, Blohm+Voss and MB92, as well as the experience of more than 20 years of close and successful Lürssen, the world leader in large yacht construction, and MB92, the leader of refit and repair in the Mediterranean, has been essential in reaching this joint venture agreement.”

In a statement, the Spanish refit company says that “the strategic partners are striving to build firm relationships with local network of experienced companies and suppliers and at the same time promoting a training programme which would stimulate apprenticeship within the industry.”

Both companies in cooperation with local authorities will focus on bringing La Ciotat to the highest level and a reference point for the refit and repair activity of large yachts worldwide.