A Royal opening

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands last Thursday officially opened the new Feadship yard in Amsterdam. The company said in a statement that the project took five years to complete. Beyond the royal entourage, the event included a preview of Feadship’s classic fleet along the Amsterdam waterfront and 2,500 Feadship workers inside the modern covered shipyard.

The Amsterdam shipyard will be Feadship’s fourth facility in the Netherlands. It was designed to refit and build yachts up to 591 feet. The 289-ft. Project 816 floated in the channel inside the covered yard.

Unlike a typical opening ceremony, the event included acrobats, magicians, dancing and a smiling Queen Máxima. “Her Majesty was met upon arrival by Dick van Lent, the fourth generation of his family to have led the yard until his retirement in 2016,” said the Feadship statement. “Together they viewed nineteen classic yachts presented along the quay, all members of the Feadship Heritage Fleet.”

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Royal Van Lent director Peter van Mil, who managed the build project, showed Queen Máxima how solar panels, district heating and LED lighting have enhanced the energy efficiency of the new facilities.

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“This new facility will allow Feadship to stay at the cutting edge of innovation and continue to build superyachts that will change history,” said Toni Belloni, group managing director of LVMH (owner of Royal Van Lent), in the opening ceremony. “LMVH’s moto is ‘the future of tradition’ and we always pride itself on employing the finest artisans in every area. I am certain that the best yachtbuilders in the world work for Feadship.”

Koen Overtoom, general director of Port of Amsterdam, said he was excited to have a superyacht builder in the heart of the Dutch capital. “The knowledge, craftsmanship and employment opportunities will further strengthen the port of Amsterdam and its surrounding regions,” he said in the statement. “In the 1600s there were 26 boatbuilders located here, with three new vessels being launched every week and many thousands of people employed. This shipbuilding is in our DNA and four centuries later you can see the passion in the amazing superyachts created by Feadship.”

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