Refit, repair, and general service are consistent needs among megayachts from year to year. Atlantic Refit Center, which provides these services on France’s Atlantic coast, has formed a joint-venture company. Its partner is IMS Shipyard, a fellow French refit yard in the South of France. Arcteam, their new company, will take over the Atlantic coast opportunities.
Arcteam will see the former Atlantic Refit Center staff and IMS Shipyard staff share resources and knowledge. For example, together, they cover a spectrum of sizes from 66 to 459 feet (20 to 140 meters). But, Atlantic Refit Center’s footprint in La Rochelle is the new primary focus. Thirteen years ago, it set up shop in the only deep-sea port along the Atlantic coast of France, for superyacht service. Since that time, it has worked on many well-known megayachts, including converting Enigma. In fact, it won a prestigious refit award for Enigma.
IMS Shipyard, meanwhile, started business 25 years ago. It sits on a former naval air base in Saint Mandrier. In 2011, a group of industrial investors, Nepteam, acquired it. Nepteam also owns Couach Yachts.
Stéphane Marcelli, CEO of Atlantic Refit Center, is now president of Arcteam. “I am very pleased with this new step in the development of the superyacht-refit business on the west coast of France, together with a strong and long-term-vision shareholder,” he says.
Atlantic Refit Center atlanticrefitcenter.com
IMS Shipyard ims-shipyard.com