Dutch superyacht-builder Feadship has taken a major step forward with the construction of its new shipyard in Amsterdam. That step was the pouring of the first cement into the giant 160m (525ft) drydock. The new yard will increase Feadship’s capacity to handle new build and refit projects over 100m (328ft).

The dock will be a key feature of the new shipyard, which is set to be completed by the end of next year. When completed, the yard will also include a giant hall for building new superyachts of up to 160m in length along with refits of existing Feadships. The Amsterdam yard will be the second facility operated by Royal Van Lent, which will also continue to operate its Kaag Island yard at full capacity.

The two premises will share the same management team and corporate culture, with some 450 skilled employees from across the spectrum of outfitting and refit activities moving between the facilities when required. Along with the two Feadship yards run by Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer and Makkum, there will now be a total of four Feadship facilities in the Netherlands which together have a 2,000-strong workforce.

When the new yard was announced last year, Feadship director and Royal Van Lent CEO Jan-Bart Verkuyl said: “This major investment illustrates our determination to be fully future-proof. The average length of the superyachts we are building continues to grow: the majority of projects currently underway are above 80m (263ft) and there is a clear trend to go ever larger.”

He added: “The size limitations imposed by the location of the two original Feadship yards in Aalsmeer and Kaag were partly solved by the third yard opened in Makkum in 2005, and this fourth facility in the Port of Amsterdam will complete this expansion.”

The five-hectare site will feature a 5,500sq m construction hall covered by a 28m-high structure plus 10 workshops besides the drydock.