YachtProjects International, a US-based communications specialist, has relocated its UK operations to Solent Refit's superyacht facilities in Hythe, Southampton. The company is also planning to open new offices in Australia and New Zealand

Solent Refit Hythe

Solent Refit at Hythe

YachtProjects International, the Florida-based satellite communications specialist, has relocated its UK operations to Solent Refit’s superyacht refit and repair facilities in Hythe, Southampton. The move is part of an ongoing expansion strategy that will see the US company open new offices in Australia and New Zealand.

Solent Refit welcomes the move, as it sees a synergy between both companies and what they have to offer. The UK refit and repair firm specialises in maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts.

“We are delighted that YachtProjects chose to bring their UK operation here,” says Allan Foot, managing director at Solent Refit. “We are set to grow our preferred partner programme to offer a multitude of services and products, and partnerships like this offer our clients peace of mind to know we can offer a smooth transitional package of works to speed up refits.”

YachtProjects International specialises in VSAT hardware and airtime, managed onboard networks, Inmarsat airtime and offers Mandatory Global Maritime Distress and Safety (GMDSS) services. The company is also the European and UK sales and service agent for Headhunter water treatment systems and products.

Pippa Nicholas, owner of YachtProjects International, says: “Solent Refit has an amazing location on the south coast of England which suits our UK operation. It’s a facility that offers a flexible platform for us and allows us to carry out work easily and economically alongside the Solent Refit team.

“There is the potential to create more jobs in the future as we continue to grow at Solent Refit,” she adds.

Solent Refit provides 10,000sq m of undercover working halls and waterside working areas combined with a highly skilled workforce of marine specialists. The company’s aim is to attract a larger proportion of the refit work that is currently carried out in Mediterranean yards and elsewhere.