De Keizer Marine Engineering, the Dutch installer of custom electrotechnical systems in superyachts since 1965, says its rapid expansion in Europe and the US in recent years means it needs to significantly raise its staff of qualified technicians.
“We now employ about 250 people,” De Keizer marketing and communications chief Frans van der Vegt told IBI. “We will have to hire another 100 or so.”
Based in Zaandam, Netherlands, De Keizer designs, builds and installs sophisticated computerised security, monitoring and control systems in yachts. In recent years, the company has set up shop in Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Antibes and La Ciotat. More recently it opened a site at the Rybovich yard in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“It is essential that we have a local presence in those places,” says Van der Vegt. “We want to provide of a level of quality and support equal to what we render in the Netherlands. That can only happen if you send your own people to train and monitor workers.”
De Keizer specialises in the installation of electrical solutions in luxury yachts. In the past decade, it has transformed from working on new builds to lifecycle servicing. “We increasingly do system integration work by combining elements, especially audio-visual installations, security gear and IT,” says Van der Vegt.
The clear majority of De Keizer’s work is carried out on luxury yachts. De Keizer works closely with such yards as Feadship, Hakvoort, Balk Shipyard, Pendennis, Lürssen, Vitters and Baltic Yachts.