Superyacht maker Moonen makes comeback
DEN BOSCH ~ Moonen Shipyards _ the Dutch maker of smallish, appealing superyachts _ is back in business. The company reports “making a strong recovery” after the owner of Mexican steelmaker Altos Hornos de Mexico SAB, withdraw backing for a 37m project when global steel prices tanked last summer.
Work on the Matica “has recommenced in full cooperation with the owner, shareholder, subcontractors and suppliers,” says Moonen Shipyards Managing Director Emile Bilterijst. Also, several other clients have come to Moonen’s for refits. Moonen has built 75 yachts since 1981. It introduced the semi-custom Caribbean series in 2014, offering 6 different designs in the 30-to-50m yachts named after Caribbean islands. Moonen is working its way out of bankruptcy proceedings and looking for a buyer of the 37m Martinique that is largely finished and due for launch in early 2017.