20 yachts expected this Spring at La Seyne-Toulon facility

Having expanded its network of shipyards to seven last year with new facilities in Marseille and La Seyne-Toulon, Monaco Marine reports a busy work volume at both facilities. The group is also undertaking a major refit on the 52m (170ft) Amels-built Seahorse at the La Ciotat yard.

Since opening last November, the La Seyne-Toulon shipyard has seen a steady flow of yachts to undertake a variety of works (painting, maintenance and refit). Monaco Marine say: “Around 20 yachts are expected by the spring and the dedicated crew area has been already been highly-rated.”

Following the opening of the site on November 1, 2018, the shipyard first completed works on a 30m (98.5ft) Moonen and a 47m (154ft) Swiftships. Currently there are nine yachts are in the yard having work done, some staying for several months including a 46m (151ft) Palmer Johnson; a 50m (164ft) Turquoise, a 37m (121ft) Sanlorenzo, a 37m Benetti, a 30m Sunseeker, a 35m (115ft) Princess and a 36m (118ft) Lubeck Yacht.

The La Seyne-Toulon yard can accommodate up to 27 yachts from 24m (78.5ft) to 55m (180ft) and yachts up to 560gt can be lifted ashore for mechanic repairs, refit or paint works as the shipyard is equipped with its own paint facilities. The shipyard can also accommodate very large catamarans. The La Seyne shipyard has a comfortable area dedicated to crew including a fitness room and a 2,000 sqm outdoor space with barbecues that will be ready soon.

Monaco Marine report that: “The first set of clients were very pleased with the quality of the shipyard and the team’s activity. The team invested a huge amount of energy to be ready on time for the site opening and to satisfy the first clients requests without delay. The subcontractors were also very successful and showed their expertise during the important first period since the launch.”

The Marseille shipyard, which was opened in March 2018, can accommodate any length of yacht for quay-side works. Up to four yachts of any size can be worked on simultaneously alongside thanks to its 320m (1,050ft) quay, allowing drafts up to 10m. The yard has a 3,500m2 area aside the berth for storage and works.

Monaco Marine Marseille offers a full package ranging from complete interior refit projects or fast-turnaround technical works and maintenance operations. In 2018, the yard carried out works on a 81m (266ft) Feadship; a 91m (299ft) Neorion yacht and around 20 other yachts.

“We don’t have any ’small projects’ here, we have a special project team for each yacht,” says Cyprien Milhe, Marseille shipyard manager. “Even if the shipyard is full next Spring, we will be able to accommodate some yachts in June and during the whole summer, for last minute works.”

The shipyard works in collaboration with La Ciotat and benefits from being part of a network of eight shipyards in the Monaco Marine Group, that allows project management work practices to be shared across the sites. In 2023, Monaco Marine Marseille will be fitted with a 6000 tonne capacity synchrolift to accommodate yachts up to 135m (443ft).

The Seahorse refit being carried out at Monaco Marine La Ciotat started las November and will last for another three months. This 1999 Amels-built superyacht was refitted in 2016 but the new owner has decided on several upgrades to keep the yacht in top condition. The shipyard team, Ocean Independence, the management company, and the crew are all working together to carry out the refit.

The range of works include the 20-year Lloyd’s survey; some general maintenance, a one-meter extension on the aft, a completely new paint job, and a comprehensive interior makeover.

“It is a genuine pleasure to bring Seahorse to Monaco Marine La Ciotat,” explains Nicolas Genelot, La Ciotat general manager. “The works we will perform bring together expertise from all departments, from mechanical to refit and renovation, in order to maintain Seahorse unique character”.