By Robert Wielaard

Shipyards in the Netherlands have built 23 superyachts in 2015, nine units more than the output in 2014. The data comes from the Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT), an alliance of Dutch shipyards, suppliers and service providers.

NMT has valued the new builds of 2015 at €1.1 billion, almost double the value of yachts built in the Netherlands in 2014 (€649 million).

In addition, NMT has said that yards in the Netherlands have received 28 new orders in 2015, up from 22 in 2014. The companies ended 2015 with order books brimming with 72 superyachts, two more than a year earlier, with a value in excess of €4.2 billion, up from €4.1 billion on December 31, 2014.

The NMT data is in line with information coming from the global order book 2015. Dutch yards in 2015 amounted to a quarter of global deliveries last year in value terms. In addition, the data shows that the average length rose from 50 metres in 2014 to 56 metres in 2015.

“The Dutch superyacht cluster is clearly in a very healthy condition,” comments Jeroen Sirag, export director of HISWA Holland Yachting Group.

Sirag adds that HHYG members such as Amels, Feadship, Hakvoort and Mulder Shipyard launched their largest projects ever in 2015.

“Other HHYG members, such as Holland Jachtbouw, Heesen Yachts, Oceanco and Royal Huisman have invested heavily in upgrading facilities,” he concludes.

Dutch companies providing goods and services to Dutch superyacht builders reported a 6% increase in their revenues last year.

The growth in Dutch superyacht business in 2015 echoed a good year across the entire Dutch maritime technology sector whose turnover expanded by 9.4% (to €8.2 billion) over 2014.