The Netherlands have a long history of building superyachts, and builders in this country despite the global financial crisis are still tremendously attractive for owners looking for the highest standards of building superyachts. This market is about pedigree, quality and branding. Our yacht team has advised Owners and for instance in connection with building projects at i.a. the major Dutch shipyards Alblasserdam Jachtbouw, Oceanco, Amels, De Vries en Van Lent (Feadship), Heesen, Hakvoort, Holland Jachtbouw, Vitters and Royal Huisman as well as several foreign shipyards.
For more than two decades we have been involved in advising Owners in this particular niche area of shipbuilding. Do not call our assistance too late. The leverage to negotiate a fair and balanced building contract and ancillary documentation is far greater if our legal input can already be delivered in the conceptual stages of a project.
After executing and signing a building contract the Owner’s team can benefit from our continuous assistance throughout the construction period and delivery of a yacht. For instance, monitoring requests for variation orders and checking those with its specifications is just one of the services we offer and properly documenting claims and securing evidence is another. The members of our yacht team have been successful in establishing and maintaining an excellent working relationship with several Owners that we have so far assisted, and in a number of cases we have been asked to assist them with a new project. In case litigation becomes inevitable, whether before a Court, in arbitration or mediation proceedings, our firm can offer all assistance and support in the most efficient way. True enjoyment of a Dutch-built superyacht should have top priority for Owners, problems to be handled by us.