Feadship recently welcomed two high-level Chinese delegations to our Aalsmeer and Amsterdam yards. The senior local government officials and other key representatives from the provinces of Hainan and Zhuhai were on a factfinding mission as the superyacht industry continues to expand in China.
The importance of the close connections between Feadship and China was emphasised during these two keynote meetings, with Feadship having led the way in introducing premium motoryachts to the country. Blue Sky was the first superyacht to be built by a Western shipyard for a client in mainland China in 2013. Several other Feadships have been delivered to owners in this vast country since then.
Presentation and tour
The two visits to Aalsmeer and Amsterdam took place in November and December, where the delegates were met as guests of honour by various Feadship directors. Our dedicated representative for China and the wider Asia region, Rock Wang, made an introductory presentation that ranged from our long history to the latest launches. The visitors also enjoyed seeing the latest Feadship movie and a tour of the facilities, with lots of opportunities to ask questions and increase their expertise.
The Chinese delegates were keen to invite Feadship to visit Hainan and Zhuhai, both of which have a growing maritime industry. The central government plans to make Hainan Island a free trade zone and yachting one of the focuses of its future development. Zhuhai is directly connected to Hong Kong via a new 55-kilometre bridge and home to lots of industries and new buildings.
“The feedback from our guests was overwhelmingly positive,” says Rock. “They all recognise that Feadship is No.1 in the industry and are very impressed that we only build fully custom yachts. The high standards of the yard facilities in terms of issues such as cleanliness and temperature control were of particular interest, as was the fact that the average Feadship worker has 20 years of experience with the company.”
The guests from Hainan provincial government included Deputy Division Chief in the Division of Port Administration, Deputy Secretary-General, Chief Section Member in the Five General Offices, Division Chief in the Frontier Inspection Office, Chief Section Member in the Division of Port Administration and Chief Section Member in the Division of Port Administration).
The delegates from Zhuhai included the Vice Mayor, Director Bureau of Industry and Information Technology, Deputy Director Zhuhai Transport Bureau, Administrative Director Zhuhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Chairman Advanced Fiber Resources and Director, Pantum – Zhuhai Seine Technology Co.