Historic RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard Nears Grand ReopeningDate: Wed, Jan 1, 2020
(MIAMI, FLORIDA) After over a year of renovations, updates, new construction, and several key hires, the RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard revitalization is nearly complete. The grand reopening of the North and South Yards are nearing and can be expected to take place before Q3 according to new updates from the company.
The North Yard's transformation into Miami's Superyacht Refit Center is in its final stages, which includes the commissioning of the new 2,700-ton Pearlson shiplift. The lift, which first arrived in August, will allow the yard to service vessels up to 225 feet, making the lift the largest in all of South Florida, and the yard a premier destination for superyachts in need of service, maintenance, and refitting. The shiplift will be used to haul vessels into the yard without the use of straps, decreasing the risk of damage and making the process more efficient.
"I look forward to the daily challenge of completing projects – on budget and on time," says Jack Schneider, RMK MS North Yard Project Manager, who is overseeing the North Yard modernization project. In addition to getting the shiplift fully operational, the North Yard is also implementing new systems, including a sewage and washdown system for yachts. In April, the North Yard will begin providing maintenance and classification inspections for superyachts. In late 2020, the North Yard will be available for major refits. The South Yard is currently available for service projects.
"You have to have a place for crews to enjoy life, and we offer that here," says Jack. RMK MS straddles the Miami River in the Health District, which is transforming due to new developments and investments. The new River Landing Shops and Residences is currently under development and located just to the north of RMK MS within walking distance. River Landing will bring new shopping, entertainment, and lodging options to RMK MS clients and their crews. "If you haven't seen the revitalized Miami River, come down and have a look," says RMK Merrill-Stevens' Interim CEO Greg Cox. "We can offer a clean, brand new facility in Miami, Florida, close to downtown, so all captains south of Fort Lauderdale now have a resource. From 18 feet to 225 feet now!"
In January, RMK MS welcomed William Clewes as the company's newest CEO. William will lead the shipyard, ongoing redevelopment, and upcoming grand reopening. "I am here to build a team and facility to be part of the exciting future for the yacht community in South Florida, meeting customer satisfaction with a team of quality employees, working together to do the right thing." William is an experienced Operations Director with a long history of working in the shipbuilding and manufacturing industry.
The investment made to revive the historic RMK MS shipyard has opened nearly 100 careers at the Miami-based company. The shipyard is currently seeking new mechanics, tradesmen and women, electricians, welders, technicians, painters, lift operators, detailers, managers, and more. New hires will receive competitive compensation, healthcare benefits, training, and growth opportunities. Applicants will be required to provide work history, qualifications, be eligible to work in the U.S., and pass a standard drug test. Applicants can apply online at https://www.rmkmerrill-stevens.com/careers.
RMK Merrill-Stevens invites superyacht owners and crews to schedule a private tour of the shipyard. Contact RMK Merrill-Stevens online here at https://www.rmkmerrill-stevens.com/contact-us, or call 305-324-5211.
For more information about RMK Merrill-Stevens call 305-324-5211, or to learn more about RMK MS's world-renowned shipyard, visit www.rmkmerrill-stevens.com. Keep up with RMK MS on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
That's it for this update from RMK Merrill-Stevens, but you can find us at the Miami Yacht Show on February 13 - 17 at booth 203! Follow us on social media for up-to-date information on our exhibiting partners, give-aways, and more!
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