A global superyacht specialist which provides advanced communications and internet access for multi-million pound superyachts has relocated in Hampshire.
Solent Refit, which has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts, has welcomed the move as it sees a synergy between both companies and what they have to offer.
YachtProjects International has a portfolio of products and skills – including hi-tech communication solutions to keep superyachts, their crews and passengers connected.
As well as access to the internet, the bespoke IT systems provide full Global Maritime Distress and Safety (GMDSS) services and links with land-based marine authorities.
Its solutions also include 24/7 remote support networks, back-up processes, multiple connectivity such as 3G, 4G and wireless, security safeguards and data transfer capabilities.
Allan Foot, managing director of Solent Refit, said: “We are delighted that YachtProjects chose to bring their UK operation here.
“We are set to grow our preferred partner programme to offer a multitude of services and products, and partnerships like this offer our clients peace of mind to know we can offer a smooth transitional package of works to speed up refits.
“With our recently secured 30 year lease for the shipyard and, as the South of England’s premier facility for refit and repair of super yachts and commercial vessels, we see a sustained growth period in the next few years.”
YachtProjects International’s US operation is based at Ft Lauderdale in Florida with the UK operation now at Solent Refit. It is also soon to open offices in New Zealand and Australia.
Pippa Nicholas, owner of YachtProjects International, said: “Solent Refit has an amazing location on the South Coast of England which suits our UK operation.
“It’s a facility that offers a flexible platform for us and allows us to carry out work easily and economically alongside the Solent Refit team.”
She added: “There is the potential to create more jobs in the future as we continue to grow at Solent Refit.”
YachtProjects International is also the European and UK sales and service agent for Headhunter water treatment systems and products.
Based in Hythe, Solent Refit provides 10,000 sqm of undercover working halls and waterside working areas combined with a highly skilled workforce of marine specialists.
With a strong emphasis on British craftsmanship, the company’s aim is to attract a larger proportion of the refit work which is currently carried out in Mediterranean yards and elsewhere.
Solent Refit will be at the Monaco Yacht Show on September 28 to October 1.
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