Offering refit, repair, and after-sales service at two dedicated shipyards, MB92 Group assists multiple superyacht owners and crews each year. Increasingly it’s been adopting more environmentally minded practices, due to its own research and client requests. It now formally has a multi-pronged service for owners seeking more sustainable solutions. MB92 Group’s Refit for the Future program covers short- to long-term projects, all tailored, too, regardless of yacht LOA.
The France- and Spain-based shipyards belonging to the Group collaborate with a variety of original-equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Additionally, they collaborate with yacht builders, assuring customers of proper warranty work. Already, the yards have been following a five-year sustainability strategy, initiated in 2021. That strategy has seen several environmentally minded practices take hold. For example, the La Ciotat and Barcelona yards employ recycled materials and bio-based materials whenever possible aboard yachts.
MB92 Group’s Refit for the Future program is the next step in the sustainability plan. It offers short-term improvements, medium-term optimization, and long-term conversion plans. The short-term plan, for instance, is for yachts undertaking a single refit period. MB92 Group staff will recommend simple-to-implement solutions, employing proven technology and benefits. The medium-term plan, meanwhile, is for yachts that plan out a few shipyard stays. These require more detailed examinations, of course. The staff will roll out the environmental improvements according to the owners’ usage periods, budget, and regulatory requirements (anticipating new laws, too). This minimizes downtime but also benefits efficient operations and savings. The long-term plan, then, is for not just the coming months, but also coming years. Here, the Refit for the Future team performs a full-yacht sustainability examination, including her operations. A further goal is to unlock future-proofing opportunities.
Regardless of which of the three plans a yacht adopts, both immediate and long-term budget savings should also result, according to the Group.
Jean-Marc Bollinger, MB92 Group’s CEO, says, “Although there is no silver bullet just yet, there are clear benefits to be gained for yacht owners willing to take the initiative now ahead of tighter regulations.”
The group’s commercial director, Txema Rubio, agrees. He notes that on average, 200 yachts exceeding 78 feet (24 meters) see delivery every year. “We are in a unique position to provide our customers with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions when considering refit upgrades,” he says.