The North Dock in STP, ready for refit and much more…

With the Monaco Yacht Show coming around again, it’s usually a signal for the maintenance and refit season to kick off in the Mediterranean. But the eight companies who share the North Dock Marine Services Building in STP Palma have hardly had time to think about summer, before turning their attention to the coming autumn and planning for another busy period in the yard.


For instance, Trappmann Consulting say that their mission is to provide an enduring contribution to the yacht interiors sector, by offering a complete range of interior & exterior outfitting services for superyacht new builds and refits. And of course it’s when owners are onboard during the summer months, that they start having ideas about how they might like to change their onboard environment for next season.


Bridget Purkiss has recently joined the Trappmann team looking after the management of their interiors design service. She said, “we have not quite finished the last refit season and we already started planning the next one. We’re looking forward to a really busy and productive time.”


Trappmann’s dedicated team of specialist consultants understand the particular and sophisticated requirements of the industry in which they work, insuring professional and discrete support to yacht owners, their representatives and project leaders alike Covering a large scope of design tastes, Trappmann are able to refresh existing interiors with innovative concepts and realise complex designs on new build projects.


Bridget says she’s very happy to have joined the Trappmann Team, and she comes to her new position in the company with a wealth of experience. She was literally brought up in the yachting industry, with her father being captain of a 47 metre Feadship. Apart from working as a stewardess herself for several years on sail and motor yachts, she qualified as an interior designer at the Inchbald School of Design in London, and has been a successful freelancer, delivering creative designs for 5 star hotels, private yachts and high class residential properties.


Another resident of North Dock, De Cabo Yacht Painting has a long established track record carrying out a whole range of finishes on high-profile superyachts. Since 2001 they have been applying the best quality materials with attention to detail and personalised service. And importantly, their own dedicated staff carries out all of the works that they undertake.


Offering far more than conventional paint and coatings application, De Cabo pride themselves on their specialist finishing expertise. For instance metallic and pearl effect lacquers can be applied giving a unique, distinctive, high-class appearance. Antifouling application can be carried out to race finish standards for optimum underwater hull performance. Plus, polishing and protection of existing surface coatings, fixtures and fittings is a service offered by the company.


Just as busy preparing for the 2016/17 refit season are Palmawatch S.L who are currently negotiating several winter projects on various sailing and motor yachts from 80ft to 140ft. (24 to 42 metres), and are planning to have a new Refit Project Management Division up and running by October this year.


Palmawatch boss Pierre Oberon explained, “with 15 years of solid performance to our credit, handling hundreds of repairs, haul-outs and refits on all types of vessel up to 30 metres, we intend to expand further with a dedicated Refit Division capable of handling major projects on vessels up to 50 metres. The new service will be a high performance offer designed to attract discerning owners, captains and managers of large luxury yachts who require a full competence managed refit realisation program.”


Further illustrating the range of services and level of experience that the North Dock companies are able to offer is the Marine ‘Electrotechnology’ specialist IB Marine Electric.


Since 1998 IB Marine Electric have established themselves as the industry reference point in the field of technological solutions for electrics onboard. From its origins almost 30 years ago the company has focused purely on technical maintenance and electrical installations.


Today the company employs a multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified engineers, technicians, installers and planners, all involved in the design, leadership and implementation of various sizes and types of projects. These cover every type of onboard system such as: electricity, electronics, audiovisual, IT (networks, servers, NAS) and home automation systems for integrating AV equipment (system integrator.)


IB’s work standards and quality compliance fully meet the demands of the most stringent class rules as required by societies such as ABS, Lloyds Register and Bureau Veritas.


Some of the yachts which IB have been involved with during recent refit projects are as follows:

Motor Yachts: Ilona, Roma, Icon, Slipstream, Blind Date, Herculina, Jade Mary, Aziza, Vava, Paramour.

Sailing Yachts: Is a Rose, Aglaia, Melek, Eos, Mondango, Kokomo, Unfurled, Binziyad, Constanter, Naiade, MYI…


Other companies operating from the North Dock Marine Services Building in STP:


Munditubo: scaffoldings and detachable metallic structures.


Servicios Náuticos Integrados: Painting / Antifouling / Propspeed Application.


Anicla: Providers of Paint and Coating Supplies.


Undercover: Yacht Containment / Covers / Shrink-Wrap / Fixtures & Fittings.



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