Silent-Yachts becomes sole owner of Italian shipyard
Silent-Yachts has acquired a new-build facility in Fano on Italy’s Adriatic coast, in which to build its solar-powered, electric boats.
The site, comprising several hangars, includes five construction sheds with 22,000 m2 of covered space and a similar exterior surface area. The Italian shipyard will be the focus for building and outfitting its Silent 60 and 80 series models.
The new range of electric tenders for the Silent Tenders division will also be produced at the Fano facility, which includes an innovation centre for researching and developing new models, technologies and solutions.
Michael Köhler, CEO of Silent-Yachts, says the acquisition will enable the manufacturer to employ approximately 250 people, both directly and indirectly, this year.
“Our acquisition of the facility in Fano is a great opportunity for the city and for the nautical sector in the area.
“We have expansion plans already under discussion to increase the production capacity of our sites and acquire new ones. We are open to discuss with the municipal and state authorities about future operations and to offer our contribution to the city and the many small businesses in the area that make this area a point of reference for Italian boatbuilding.”
The company says the Italian shipyard is ideally placed to utilise the well-established network of local subcontractors and key suppliers. This move is an important milestone in the company’s evolution as they look to break into the 30m-plus segment with the fully electric Silent Explorer 120.
The privately-owned Austrian company rebranded earlier this year as Silent Group after forging a new partnership with Turkish VisionF Yachts. The group expanded from Silent Yachts to form several new divisions, including Silent Tenders, Silent Charter, Silent Brokerage and Silent Yacht Management.
Founders of Silent-Yachts Heike und Michael Köhler spent over 6,000 days on board of their yachts and sailed over 75,000 nautical miles all around the world. After travelling the oceans on conventional motorboats and sailboats for 40 years, they came to the conclusion that there had to be a better way to supply the propulsion system and the onboard appliances of yachts with energy.
Based on the results of five years and 15,000 NM of sailing on a test catamaran, they started the design and construction of the Solarwave 46, the first fully self-sufficient and purely solar powered bluewater-catamaran.