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Jongert rescued...

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The troubled Dutch yacht yard, which went into receivership in mid-May, has been acquired by a consortium fronted by VeKa Group BV, a company whose ship industry interests include three sites in Holland that build commercial vessels for inland waterways and coastal work.

JUNE 2009

Thus far no plans for Jongert have been released. The yard has been closed for over a month.
For the past six years or so the main yard has been on a site just outside Wieringermeer, which is several kilometres outside Medemblik. It moved to that location on the Ijsselmeer from its original canalside site in the middle of Medemblik in order to build bigger boats. The Wieringermeer site, which includes a marina and the yard’s own quay, was actually reclaimed for the purpose of relocating Jongert.
Predominantly building sailing yachts in aluminium between 20-45m (66ft-148ft), the yard had enjoyed significant success, particularly a few years ago while it was being represented exclusively by Herbert Dahm and Dahm International. Things were never the same after that fall-out and Jongert taking full control of its own sales and marketing.
Getting on for 350 yachts have been launched by Jachtwerf Jongert since it began back in ‘53, almost 170 of which are true ‘Jongert-branded’ sailing yachts.
The yard was under the control of Jan Jongert until last year. The managing director that lead the company up to the receivership was Joreon Koot, who was appointed by a firm or investors that acquired the yard, which was already in big trouble, from the Jongert family.
For more, www.jongert.nl.

© Phil Draper