As announced by the IMS Shipyard in May 2014, they will open 80 additional spaces for yachts from 20 to 80 metres in length, positioned at the centre of the Toulon bay in the South of France, at the end of the year. This will make it the largest yacht repair shipyard in the Mediterranean. Work on the new additional spaces for superyachts is well underway.
UPCOMING ARRIVAL OF THE 670 TONNE LIFTING EQUIPMENT
Development work is well underway on Saint-Mandrier’s former naval air base that will be home to IMS 700. The impressive 60,000 square metre central platorm that will house four huge sheds with a ceiling height of up to 15 metres is an illustration of the sheer size of this colossal project.
Work is progressing on schedule.
– Over 50% of the foorings have already been prepared, i.e. close to 37,000 square metres of foors have been recovered, crushed, compressed and asphalted to make sure they are well-drained and can cope with the weight of the vessels. This is a major operation, carried out with the “zero disposal” principle in mind, i.e. recovering and reusing all the parts of the former roads, a principle of clear environmental interest.
– In all, 57,000 linear metres of electric cable and around 580 linear metres of vacuum network systems for pumping sewage from the vessels have been laid into over 1 kilometre of trenches.
– The interiors of the buildings and sheds for the future ofces and workshops have been deconstructed and evacuated. Asbestos and lead removal operations have been completed and the reconstruction phase is about to start, set to be completed in the autumn;
– The central platorm is now ready to receive the 670 tonne lifing system, which will be delivered unassembled next week, assembled this summer and put into operation in September.
A UNIQUE WET DOCK ON THE MEDITERRANEAN
The development of the entire maritime area will make it possible to create the largest wet dock devoted to yacht refit and maintenance on the Mediterranean.
Well protected from the swell by a long foating break water, this area is designed to accommodate an average of 15 vessels of up to 80 metres long and 10 metres draught, and is ideally adapted for repair & refit activities:
– access to moored boats via a foating pontoon;
– motorized tender available 7/7 for vessel mooring;
– a base for divers and their equipment ideally located at the centre of the area.
Work has just begun with the arrival of the metal piles (40 m long and 1 m diameter).
In total, 2,000 tonnes of piles will support the pontoon intended for receiving yachts and the hauling dock; they will also be used to moor the break water.
JOIN IMS AT THE MONACO YACHT SHOW (24TH – 27TH SEPTEMBER 2014)
Given the good progress of the work, IMS will be able to announce the official opening date of the IMS 700 site at the Monaco Yacht Show 2014. Denis Pellegrino, President of IMS Shipyard explains: “The Monaco Yacht Show 2014 will be a particularly important edition for IMS Shipyard. This is why we have decided to participate with a stand this year. We will have the pleasure of presenting all the assets of the IMS 700 site in detail, and the expansion of our service offer. It is on this occasion that we will announce the opening of the IMS 700 site to our clients and partners”.