Vitters Shipyard and the management of Claasen Shipyards have together acquired Claasen Shipyards and will now form the new owners and management team of the yard. The combination of the two yards, the companies say, will add significant weight to their individual strengths allowing them to operate in tandem while continuing their current yachtbuilding activities.

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Vitters Shipyard

Green Marine, builder of many famous composite yachts, residing in Southampton in the UK is also a member of the group. Green Marine will still build hulls for third parties that will be fitted out at both Claasen and Vitters. This is another opportunity for Vitters, Green and Claasen to benefit from each other’s markets and expertise.

“Joining forces with Vitters Shipyard is a great chance for Claasen to grow further in the niche market in which we operate,” adds Joachim Kieft, CEO of Claasen Shipyards. “This development will make it possible for us to achieve our ambitious goals for the coming years.”

The individual business formulas and working methods of the companies will remain the same within the new set-up. Both yards will retain their distinctive brand identity and serve specific areas of the superyacht market. At a management level, Claasen and Vitters will make and share agreements with each other in regular meetings. There will also be closer ties in the project management, with the two yards working with the same suppliers/contractors in the first-class maritime infrastructure in the Netherlands. Marketing activities will also be combined, starting with a joint stand currently at the Boot Dusseldorf show 2016.

Projects
Both yards currently have several projects under construction. Vitters Shipyard is working on a all-carbon 33m sailing yacht, a 32.5m performance cruising sloop and the world’s largest J-Class Svea. Claasen will be closely involved in the latter project while construction proceeds apace on the third Truly Classic 90. Designed by Hoek Design Naval Architects, Acadia will be launched in March. Claasen is also currently busy with a 77ft Pilot Classic and various refit projects.

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