Vitters, Claasen Join Forces

The long-respected Dutch shipyards will work in partnership, retaining both brands.

Vitters Shipyard
Vitters Shipyard located in Zwartsluis, Netherlands.Courtesy Vitters Shipyard

Vitters Shipyard and the management of Claasen Shipyards have acquired the Claasen facility. Both brands will continue to produce yachts under their own names while combining the expertise of their engineers and craftsmen.

“Claasen Shipyards has a fine team of people with considerable skills and experience, and we are delighted to welcome them as colleagues,” Louis Hamming, CEO of Vitters, stated in a press release. “The yard has built an impressive fleet over the years, and the exceptional expertise of the Claasen craftsmen is completely in line with the identity of Vitters. Moreover, their rich knowledge and experience of building and engineering a J-Class yacht will be a major asset to Vitters.”

Also part of the deal is U.K.-based Green Marine, which builds hulls for third parties. Those yachts will be able to receive fit-out at both the Vitters and Claasen yards, and Green Marine will also share its expertise with the two Dutch brands.

Vitters is currently building its first J-Class yacht, Svea. She is a 143-footer based on an original 1937 design.

Claasen most recently launched the 127-foot Truly Classic Atalante, which splashed last year.