Mustafa Koç, RMK Marine Chief: 1960-2016

Mustafa V. Koç, the chairman of the company that owns Turkey-based RMK Marine, died of a heart attack this morning. He was 55 years old. Koç (pronounced “coach”) had been serving as chairman of Koç Holding, a family business, since 2003. The company was established by his grandfather, the late Vehbi Koç. It has diverse Continue reading

Megayacht News Leadership Series: Klaas Hakvoort, Hakvoort Shipyard

Closing in on its 100th anniversary, Hakvoort Shipyard remains a family affair. Based in Monnickendam, a traditional Dutch seafaring town, the yard is currently operated by the fourth generation of Hakvoorts. Hakvoort’s director, Klaas Hakvoort, carefully observed as his father, Albert, steered the company into bigger megayacht territory. Klaas himself has overseen a physical expansion Continue reading

Megayacht News Leadership Series: JB Turner, Front Street Shipyard

As the president and general manager of Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, which opened in 2011, JB Turner has put the region on the megayacht map. His extensive yacht-building knowledge and his personal rapport with owners and yacht crew alike have earned him an enviable reputation. That, along with the business savvy he and Continue reading