Latest new-build delivered following February launch

Yachting Developments (YD), the New Zealand superyacht builder, has announced that it has resumed operations following a five-week break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resumption comes at a time when New Zealand is reopening on the basis that the country has for now managed to contain the coronavirus.

In another action, YD has made known that it safely delivered the 33m (108ft) Al Duhail to her home port following her February launch.

In a statement, YD says: “It has been an interesting time dealing with business operations here in New Zealand under Covid-19 Alert Level 4. Today marked the official return to work for Yachting Developments under the country’s new Level 3 status, which came into play today after nearly five weeks of Level 4’s total country-wide lockdown for all but essential business. To meet the stringent requirements for safe work we have chosen to scale our workforce’s return to work. This allows us to get organised to have the whole team at the yard over the next two weeks.”

YD reports that: “There is plenty of work ahead and we are busy with the refit of the Tripp 88 Black Pearl, finishing service work on a Volvo 65 and we are looking forward to Level 2 when we can launch the first 9m AC9F Youth America’s Cup boat for testing. The company’s upholstery department and 3D printing facilities will be back up and running and from May 12, 2020 and will have the capacity to expand to new projects and jobs.

“Like all businesses returning to work under the Covid-19 Level 3 status,” YD explained, “our staff will be practicing safe distancing within our workplace and we will expect the same from people that come on site. There will be restrictions on movements within our site, while entry to buildings/offices will only be permitted to YD staff members and approved accredited contractors.”

The company indicated that its usual delivery acceptance systems will be unaffected but that it will be enforcing strict contactless procedures for all our transactions.

YD requests: “Please do not be offended if we ask to record your full contact details for tracking in the unlikely event that this is required. All deliveries and pickups must involve safe distancing. We have a designated area for deliveries at our stores door, at the south eastern side of the building.”