Holland Jachtbouw New Commercial Manager And Expansion
Published: Friday, 30 May 2014
Geert Kuijpers has recently joined the team at Holland Jachtbouw in the role of commercial manager. He brings with him a vast amount of knowledge in the sailing industry, having recently been intensely involved with the expansion of Hall Spars in Europe. Highlights of his career include working with various IMS racing yachts, TP 52s and a number of Mini Maxi, Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup campaigns. He has raced in many Rolex regattas, along with doing the Caribbean circuit and Copa del Rey.
Geert is very much looking forward to his new role with Holland Jachtbouw and says, “It is always rewarding to be with a successful company during its growth period, and I am delighted to be working alongside a team of the very best in the industry. With the expansion of the shipyard in Zaandam for the larger build halls and new offices, along with the current and future new build and refit projects we are involved with, it is extremely exciting times for us at Holland Jachtbouw and we are looking forward to an even more successful long term future.”
There is also expansion and a new building being constructed at the shipyard in Zaandam.
Roeland Franssens, Managing Director at Holland Jachtbouw says, “This new construction in the shipyard is in part due to our new build projects coming into the shipyard later this year. We need more space to accommodate further refits and additional new build projects in 2015 and this also provides a bird’s eye view for the managing project teams.”
New design offices will be located between the build halls providing an all round view of each project in build or refit, as well as overlooking the 120m of the shipyard’s waterfront.
Phase One is due to be complete towards the end of 2014 with a new 60m x 26m state of the art build hangar which will be 18.5m in height, and additionally the building works will provide a lengthened main construction hall to 55m. This new space will provide for the new projects about to come in to the Holland Jachtbouw halls in Zaandam later this year – a Tripp 46m sailing superyacht and the Dijkstra designed 51m schooner, Rainbow II (formerly Hamburg).