The majority of the shareholdings of Dutch shipyard ICON Yachts, and its related companies, have been acquired by Swiss businessman, Micca Ferrero.
The shipbuilder, based in Harlingen, the Netherlands, carries out new builds, refits and conversions.
It was founded in 2005 by Ton Van Dam and Alex Shnaider. The founders were shortly after joined by business partners, who helped further the shipyard’s growth.
It was built on a groundbreaking new concept, where the shipyard offered a 62.5-metre ‘pre-engineered’ superyacht platform that combines a ‘blueprinted’ hull credited to Jourke van der Baan, with the opportunity for owners to fully customize their yachts from the waterline up, therefore reducing the build time.
In early 2014, the company was bought out of bankruptcy by Russian banker Alexander Mazanov. Since 2020, the company has been headed by Tony Gale.
The company’s facilities include a 150-metre dry dock, which can can accommodate four 70m vessels simultaneously, or up to six 50m yachts. It also has a 90-metre floating dock and 500 metres of safe mooring.
ICON Yachts converted the 68.2-metre superyacht Ragnar, which was originally built in 2012 as an Icebreaking Multipurpose Support and Supply Vessel titled ‘Sanaborg’, and was converted by the yard in 2020.
It was one of the first yards in the world to be awarded ISO 9001:2008 for yacht construction, project management, supervision and control. In addition, it has received four nominations for international design awards.
Swiss businessman Micca Ferrero is looking to the future with this new acquisition.
“ICON Yachts is a highly specialised shipyard for yacht conversion and refit projects. It is a great honour to join such a strong team, constantly striving for the Dutch excellence. Our new projects will also shape the future of yachting.”