Blohm+Voss has appointed Jean Gabriel Tridon to the role of general manager of its new refit facility in La Ciotat. The German shipyard has also announced that Dieter Pladeck will serve as finance director.

The company has filled the two management positions only two weeks after winning the tender of La Ciotat Shipyards for the setting up of the new site. The new facility will focus on the maintenance and refit of yachts of over 80m in length and is scheduled to start by 1 November 2016.

Fred van Beers, CEO at Blohm+Voss, comments: “We know both Jean-Gabriel Tridon and Dieter Pladeck well and know that they have what it takes to master this challenging position as part of our current growth strategy.

“Jean Gabriel Tridon has a solid background in refits and maintenance of large vessels and is strongly connected within the industry. He also has excellent communication skills in French, German and English and will be able to translate customer demands into quality deliveries in La Ciotat as is expected from Blohm+Voss.

“Dieter Pladeck knows the financial structures of Blohm+Voss extremely well and has contributed significantly to the preparation process for the new megayachts refit site in La Ciotat.”

Tridon is a French citizen and has worked at sea and ashore for companies such as Hapag-Lloyd and Meyer Werft. He also worked with Blohm+Voss in Hamburg as dock operations coordinator from 2009 to 2011 and as a construction manager from 2011 to 2014.

A qualified banker and a graduate economist, Dieter Pladeck worked for various companies of the ThyssenKrupp group before joining Blohm+Voss in 1998. At B+V he has been head of finance and accounting and general manager and an authorised officer for several subsidiaries.

Commenting on his appointment, Jean Gabriel Tridon says: “The goal is clear: we want to get the facility ready for our customers as soon as possible. Our main focus within the first months will therefore be to set up the facility and the local organisation, and to build a strong network of local suppliers to get the job done.”