Last week Dick Alewijnse, CEO of Alewijnse and Marcel van Loon, Service Manager Yachts, were invited to the celebrations at the official opening of the 200-metre Great Dry Dock at La Ciotat, on France’s Mediterranean coast. Dutch system integrator Alewijnse Marine is one of the key suppliers of shipyard La Ciotat, with an office and work facilities directly situated on the shipyard premises.
Great Dry Dock La Ciotat
As of 3 April 2017, the reconfigured “Great Dry Dock” is awarded to the new entity Blohm+Voss La Ciotat (part of Lürssen Shipyards) by its owner SEMIDEP. The prominent German superyacht builder Lürssen brought in the highly-regarded Spanish refit company MB92 as their strategic partner to manage the yard. With these extensive dry dock facilities now in hands of these two major shipyards, the outlook for more superyachts choosing La Ciotat as their preferred location for refits and servicing is highly promising. At his opening speech Mr Lürssen pointed out that the new management will cooperate with existing CompositeWorks, Monaco Marine and all of the other companies present in La Ciotat, to improve La Ciotat. For Alewijnse, as an independent system integrator, this brings with it substantial opportunities.
The celebrations took place on a bright sunny day, with many guests in attendance. At the official opening, it was confirmed that Mr Miquel Angel Lliteras (MB92) had been appointed as shipyard manager for Blohm+Voss La Ciotat. Amongst the speakers at the inauguration were Peter Lürssen, CEO of Lürssen and Jean-Yves Saussol, CEO of Semidep-Ciotat.