Published: Monday, 30 May 2016

Feadship announced its intention to open a new construction and refit facility in Amsterdam, Holland. It also launched the 70-metre Joyat its Kaag yard in the presence of her Owners, invited guests and the workforce responsible for her design, engineering and construction. 

Feadship To Open New Superyacht Facility In Amsterdam.

(Photos: Feadship)

Having just seen the 101.50-metre Symphony win the World Superyacht Award, the company is committed to meeting a growing demand for larger 100-metre plus custom Feadships. Due to open in 2019, the fourth Feadship facility will have the capacity to build Feadships of up to 160 metres in length.

The new facility in Amsterdam will be the second yard to be run by Royal Van Lent, which will also continue to operate its Kaag Island yard at full capacity. The two facilities will share the same management team and corporate culture, with 450 skilled employees from a wide range of outfitting and refit disciplines moving between the facilities as and when required. A further 150 new jobs will be created for highly skilled yacht builders, a demand which will in part be met by the award-winning Feadship training schools.

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Along with the Koninklijke De Vries yards in Aalsmeer and Makkum, the new yard in Amsterdam brings the total number of Feadship facilities in the Netherlands to four. Feadship has worked closely with the Amsterdam municipality and port authorities in finding the prime new location, which is 20 minutes away from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. 

“We are delighted to have found such an excellent spot to open this new facility,” says Feadship Director Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “The ever-increasing demands for pure custom Feadships and the desire among clients to own very large yachts of Feadship quality make this a logical next step in the future proofing of our organisation. Along with the Makkum yard, Feadship now has two facilities capable of building superyachts of well over 100 metres. This is especially pertinent with Symphony – the largest Feadship launched to date – winning the prestigious World Superyacht Award. The luxury yacht market is evolving and, as we have done for decades, Feadship continues to lead the way.”

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(Award-winning 101.50-metre Symphony)

A start will be made with laying the foundations of the yard this summer, with construction of the actual facilities beginning in 2017. They will include a giant 5500-square-metre construction hall with a height of 28 metres, along with a dry dock and ten separate workshops. The Amsterdam yard’s length of 170 metres will be able to accommodate new builds of up to 160 metres along with refits of existing Feadships. 

Building the new superyacht facilities aside, the company also launched a 70m yacht for marine industry newbies. Featuring a great wealth of exterior spaces and a contemporary classic interior, Joy is the first superyacht to feature an exterior design by Bannenberg & Rowell and the first Feadship with an interior by the architects at Studio Indigo. The result is an astonishing superyacht truly meeting the Owner’s brief to ‘create something totally different to every other yacht.’ 

Feadship Launches 70m Joy For Industry Newbies


The Joy project was predicated on a fresh perspective, as the client is completely new to the industry and has never owned a superyacht before. The first of many distinctive aspects to result from this approach is the radical exterior styling, which brought with it a raft of challenges for the yard in terms of construction, fairing and painting. 

As such, Joy offers a serious statement of intent by Bannenberg & Rowell as the London-based studio showcases its exterior expertise for the first time since the death of Jon Bannenberg in 2002. “It has been a great pleasure to work with an Owner who was keen to bring something new to the superyacht world in the same way as my father did from the early 80’s onwards with Feadship and others,” comments Dickie Bannenberg.

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“While our design studio has an excellent reputation for interiors, including 12 for Feadship Owners, Joy is the first visible exterior design of a new era for us. The flow between the interior and exterior spaces and her generous wide walkways are without precedent on a motoryacht of this size and the vast exterior spaces have been used to great effect. Moreover, the wealth of concave shapes in the superstructure and judicious use of surface texturing have given Joy a design language and identity all her own.”

Joy is a testimony to what can be achieved when you genuinely start a superyacht build with a blank sheet of paper,” concludes Feadship Director Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “The Owner’s wishes have been successfully combined with Feadship’s experience and the excellent teams from Studio Indigo and Bannenberg & Rowell to fashion a truly pioneering 70-metre yacht.”

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Technical specifications: Joy

Type: Twin screw motor yacht, steel hull and aluminium superstructure
Length overall: 70.00m 229’8”
Beam overall: 11.50m 37’9”
Draught (loaded): 3.00m 9’10”
Fuel capacity: 100,000 litres 26,417 US Gallons
Fresh water capacity: 15,000 litres 3,963 US Gallons


Main engines: 2x MTU 16V4000 M53L 1380 kW @1800 rpm
Generators: 3x Scania DI13 074M 323 kW Stamford HCM 534 E 300 ekW
Stabilizers: 2x Quantum XT QC2200
Max. speed appr.: 16 knots
Range: 4,500 NM @ 12 knots


Owner: Owner’s deck with Owner’s stateroom with his and her bathroom and Owner’s lounge and study
Guests: Three guest suites and two large VIP staterooms
Activities/entertainment: Games deck, winter garden, gym on bridge deck. Beach club / disco on lower deck
Crew: 19 crew: 4x twin cabins, 2x officer’s cabins; captain’s cabin and nanny cabin