Amsterdam Vies to Become Superyacht Hub


HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam are working toward establishing Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts

The diversity in berths located in the heart of the city centre, combined with re-fit and maintenance facilities in the port area make it a useful port for superyachts.

The HISWA Holland Yachting Group is part of the HISWA Marine Industry and represents many Dutch companies in the superyacht industry.

Its intended mission is to foster international trade and strengthen the competitive position of the Dutch yachting industry on the world market by uniting selected companies based in the Netherlands.

Where the Mediterranean and the Caribbean used to reign supreme in terms of both facilities and interest, a new generation of yacht owners are increasingly looking for something more original

High latitudes are becoming ever more fashionable and northern Europe, with its superb nature, convivial culture and avant-garde art & design has been reaping the rewards.

Positioned strategically between the Atlantic and the Baltic, the Dutch capital is a good starting point for the increasingly popular route to Ireland and the UK, Scandinavia including the Norwegian Fjords, St. Petersburg and beyond.

HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam will attend this year’s Monaco Yacht Show to present Amsterdam as a superyacht destination as a part of the Holland Pavilion.

The countries around the North and Baltic Seas are less crowded compared to the traditional sailing areas in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. More adventurous owners are increasingly noticing the benefits.

Amsterdam is well placed, in terms of geography as well as refit facilities, to benefit from this in attitudes.

The city has secure docking options for superyachts in the city centre including the National Maritime Museum and the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam – as well as a UNESCO World Heritage city centre.

The Dutch Capital is a vibrant city with world class musea, luxury shopping, culinary restaurants and famous festivals, truly a unique destination to explore.

Captains and crew enjoy staying in the city during the while work is being done on their yachts, and owners love to visit the city. There is a dense web of yards and suppliers in what has been called Europe’s yacht valley, with everything a superyacht owner could wish for within an easy 200 km radius.

Feadship, is building a new yard for superyachts up till 160 metres in area, other yards and suppliers have indicated an interest in Amsterdam as well.

Last but not least, Amsterdam is well suited as a super yachting hub in terms of both physical and institutional arrangements: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Europe’s third largest, is 15 minutes away and the long maritime history of the Netherlands and affinity for water of the Dutch means that rules and facilities are finely tuned to the needs of superyacht owners.