A new 500t floating dry dock dedicated to lifting boats is operating in our Marseille shipyard, where it has already started its mission to host yachts up to 45 meters in length and with a maximum draft of 4.5 meters.
Inside, the basin will allow to carry out all kinds of Refit works: from painting, to mechanical work, to teak, all done in a covered and protected environment.
The floating dock is part of a significant investment in the shipyard to expand its capabilities – following the high demand – and in support of Palumbo Superyachts Marseille’s ongoing strategy to increase the quality of services, now justified by the renewal of the state concession for further 21 years.
This “U” structure is built in steel just like a ship and operates on a fairly simple principle.
The basin partially submerges so for the yacht to slide inside it and, once the vessel is in position, the basin load is lightened by pumping the ballast seawater out of the tanks placed inside the hollow walls, allowing the basin to emerge and lift the supported yacht.
The remaining seawater is pumped out of the basin, in order to expose the yacht hull and perform the necessary maintenance or repair work.
This solution has the advantage of being a very economic, functional and flexible method of carrying out dry land work, producing a significant increase in turnover and a substantial reduction in delivery times for the benefit of our customers.
Besides, being covered, our floating dry dock provides the advantages of being equipped with air systems for the extraction/ ventilation and heating, adding further value to existing services.
Another tangible proof of Palumbo Superyachts Marseille’s constant commitment to ensuring maximum professionalism and quality of service… promptly rewarded by our affectionate clients’ response, dry dock slots are filling up quickly!
Photo credit Sigrun Sauerzapfe aka Siggi