Who are the owners of Dutch yards building superyachts

28th of October 2014

Amels Serenity J, hull 468, Astrid Conroy and Volpini cr 60pc

Company owned:

Amels: Founded 1918, bought by Damen Shipyards Group in 1991

Claasen Shipyards: Founded 1985, bought by Mr Jan Hart in 2008. He also owns Bloemsma van Breemen shipyard and

subcontractor Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw

Edit January 2016: Claasen Shipyard taken over by Vitters Yachts

Edit June 2016: Bloemsma and Bloemsma van Breemen sold to Balk Shipyard

Heesen Yachts: Founded 1978, owner Frans Heesen sold his stake in 2008 for 100 million euros to Russian Topaz

Investment International (Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov)

Royal van Lent (Feadship): Founded 1849, sold to investment company Egeria in 2006. Sold by Egeria in 2008 to French

luxury conglomerate LVMH

Jongert Yachts: Founded 1953, bought by VeKa Group in 2009, following Jongert’s bankruptcy earlier that year.

The Jongert yard and brand were sold to Acico Yachts in September 2015

Edit January 2016: Takeover of Jongert rejected by Acico’s board / shareholder

Restart 01-2017: Two investors, one Dutch, other unknown


Oceanco Yachts: Founded 1992, bought by Omani businessman Mohammed al-Barwani from Greek shipping magnate

Theodore Angelopoulos in 2010. Mr Barwani is a major shareholer of Canadian Nautilus Minerals that wants to mine

copper and gold at a depth of one mile off the coast of Papua New Guinea. That region is one of the most biodiverse,

beautiful and vulnerable areas of our planet.

Moonen Yachts: Founded 1963. In 2009 80% of the shares were sold by the Scottish owner to Turkish company Merit S.A.

Twenty percent of the shares remained with director Emile Bilterijst. In late 2013 the majority of shares were bought a

Mexican industrialist

ICON Yachts: Founded 2006, bought by Russian Alexander Mazanov in 2014. Some shares sold by Mr Mazanov to ICON’s

top management in November 2014, but he remains majority shareholder.

Royal Huisman, Founded 1884, bought by Doeksen Shipyard in 2014

Holland Jachtbouw (HJB), founded 1997 by owner Chris Gongriep. Bought by American yachtbuilder Palmer Johnson

in September 2015

Edit January 2016: Takeover / cooperation by / with PJ seems to be on hold

HJB stopped activities in late 2016 after Mr Gongriep passed away

01-2017: HJB taken over by Royal Huisman

Family owned:

Royal de Vries (Feadship), founded 1906

Hakvoort Shipyards, founded 1919

Mulder Shipyard, founded 1938

Vitters Yachts, founded 1990  (50% Jan Vitters, 50% Louis Hamming)


List updated: January 27th of 2017