Mould production facility to open in September, with the first Lloyd’s Register certified yachts to begin moulding then
Oyster Yachts has announced a strategic partnership with Lloyd’s Register EMEA (LR) securing a safety certification process which will be implemented on all newly built yachts.
The maritime safety classification society will now approve the design, materials and build quality of all hulls and decks on Oyster yachts. A Lloyd’s Register surveyor will inspect all yachts in production once a week, meaning all newly built Oyster vessels will immediately carry an LR Moulding certificate upon completion.
To ensure hull construction meets the highest levels of compliance, Oyster will bring mould production in-house for the first time, opening a new facility in Norfolk. This venture will provide over 20 jobs in the area and will significantly increase production capacity. The mould production facility is expected to open in September, with the first Lloyd’s Register certified yachts to begin moulding then.
According to Oyster the agreement demonstrates its commitment to marine safety. Oyster claims it will be the only British builder of sub 24m sailing yachts to carry out such high-level certification.
Describing this new development in the Oyster Story, Richard Hadida, Oyster’s CEO, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be working with such an esteemed, globally recognised partner in LR, another great British brand. This third-party accreditation will assure all Oyster customers that their yachts are crafted in accordance with relevant international standards, particularly with regards to safety. By bringing total control of our hull construction in-house for the first time, we not only continue to provide more jobs in the Norfolk area but also scale-up production capacity. This is key to our growth plans as orders continue to increase. There are precious few smaller vessels with this level of certification, and this is yet another way in which Oyster’s yachts set themselves apart.”
Joanna Pohorski, LR UK & Ireland Area Manager for the Marine & Offshore sectors, also expressed her excitement in working with Oyster to enhance safety at sea. She said: “We are delighted to be working with Oyster and supporting them in this journey, bringing an increased assurance for safety and quality to their vessels.”