Royal Huisman has announced its intent to assume exclusive use of the Holland Jachtbouw shipyard in Amsterdam, Holland.
The move comes following what Royal Huisman calls “the anticipated termination of business by HJB after the passing away of founder Chris Gongriep.”
Holland Jachtbouw’s 130,000-square-foot facility includes three halls allowing for the construction of yachts up to 196 feet length overall. Royal Huisman plans to add that construction space to its facility in Vollenhove, also in the Netherlands (which has five halls and spans nearly 325,000 square feet), and its use of Emden Dockyard in Germany (whose land area is more than 3.2 million square feet).
“We regret to see a yard like HJB eventually cease to exist, but we do hope that with the intention of Royal Huisman to acquire the facilities we are able to keep the Netherlands firmly on the map for superyacht owners, keeping in mind our plans for diversification in the motor and sailing yacht sector,” Roemer Boogaard, managing director of Royal Huisman, stated in a press release.
What this news means: The move would further cement Royal Huisman’s reputation as one of the world’s premier Dutch yacht builders.