Germany’s Blohm+Voss has won the tender to operate La Ciotat-Semidep’s 200m x 60m dry dock at its refit and repair yard in the South of France.

Blohm+Voss will use the facility in the heart of the Mediterranean to maintain and service yachts over 80m in length. The lease agreement is for a period of 35 months and operation is planned to start in November 2016.

“Setting up a maintenance facility for megayachts in La Ciotat is an important step in our current growth strategy," says Blohm+Voss CEO Fred van Beers. "With our new office in Monaco and this central location in the Mediterranean we are moving our core business closer to our customers; we are now offering more flexibility and tailored lifecycle services.

"Our customers now have the choice of utilising our extensive shipyard facilities in Hamburg or our new base in La Ciotat for large yacht maintenance, refits or conversions.”

La Ciotat-Semidep says it received a number of high-quality entries from international applicants and that the proposal presented by the German shipyard was considered to be the best bid based on the three tender criteria:

  • The quality of the envisaged project, particularly in relation to the development of business and employment in the territory
  • The credibility of the application, especially with regard to professional, technical and financial strength
  • The quality of the financial proposal, especially with regard to the sharing of loyalty fees with Semidep

Jean-Yves Saussol, managing director of La Ciotat Shipyards, explains: “We have chosen Blohm+Voss as our trusted partner due to the quality of their business plan, their extensive track-record, the financial strength of the company and its strong desire to work closely with the local community.”

The services that Blohm+Voss will bring to La Ciotat complement the services currently offered by other companies at the yard. Blohm+Voss says it aims to utilise the existing synergy potential and will start talking to future partners on and around the shipyard within the next month.