Fitzroy Yachts, which was founded in 1997, is preparing to dramatically reduce its workforce of 120 after the completion and March delivery of the 37.5m Dubois designed performance sloop FY17.
The yard was initially founded as a sister company to Fitzroy Engineering and has an infrastructure that consists of a 5,500 metre squared building nearly 13 metres high, with four 50 metre bays, and a suite of workshops allowing everything to be made on site. Among its launches are 37m Moonbird, 50m Zefira and 50m Ohana.
The yard hopes that, given the strong sense of community in New Plymouth, the skilled workforce will find new positions elsewhere. The yard released the statement below:
Statement from Fitzroy Yachts
Fitzroy Yachts has a long history as one of the world’s leading sailing yacht builders, and has been the recipient of several significant awards. The yard is extremely proud of our fleet of superyachts, and above all of the talented staff who bring these beautiful projects to reality.
Like a large number of our fellow yacht builders, we have felt the effects of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and its impact on the new build order book. Following the imminent completion of our current build, the 37.5m Dubois performance sloop FY17, a substantial reduction of employees, albeit extremely regrettable, will not be avoidable.
The management is currently negotiating with the owner of FY17 a goodwill contribution to support the employees in the form of an incentive linked to a successful and timely completion of his yacht.
Completing the build of FY17 to Fitzroy’s high standards is our priority, as is working with other local employers to try and find jobs for as many of the staff as we can. We are optimistic that with the labour market in New Plymouth, and the strong sense of community within the New Plymouth business community, that many of our staff will be able to gain new employment. As their work attests, they are all highly skilled employees.