Vitters takes over Claasen


Vitters Shipyard has taken over Claasen Shipyard in collaboration with Claasen management.

They will be the new owners and management team of the yard.


“Claasen Shipyards has a fine team of people with considerable skills and experience, and we are delighted to welcome them as colleagues,” said Louis Hamming, CEO of Vitters Shipyard. “The yard has built an impressive fleet over the years and the exceptional expertise of the Claasen craftsmen is completely in line with the identity of Vitters. Moreover, their rich knowledge and experience of building and engineering a J-Class yacht will be a major asset to Vitters.”


“Joining forces with Vitters Shipyard is a great chance for Claasen to grow further in the niche market in which we operate,” adds Joachim Kieft, CEO of Claasen Shipyards. “This development will make it possible for us to achieve our ambitious goals for the coming years.”

In a statement, Vitters said “The individual business formulas and working methods of the companies will remain the same within the new set-up.”

Marketing activities will also be combined, starting with a joint stand at the Boot Dusseldorf show 2016.


Both yards currently have several projects under construction. Vitters Shipyard is working on a all-carbon 33-metre sailing yacht, a 32.50-metre Performance Cruising Sloop and the world’s largest J-Class Svea.

Claasen is also currently busy with a 77 ft Pilot Classic and various refit projects.