RMK Merrill-Stevens shipyard adding 100-ton lift as part of massive modernization campaign

Date: Wed, Feb 13, 2019


MIAMI, FL - Iconic Miami shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens has announced plans to replace its 70-ton travel lift with a new 100-ton travel lift, the latest improvement in an overhaul that is transforming the South Florida refit landscape.

The announcement comes as the yard has just decommissioned its 1950s-era shiplift as work progresses on the a new, state-of-the-art 2,700-ton shiplift. When completed this year, the north yard will offer multiple dry berths up to 230 feet and in-water berths ranging from 130 feet to a 450-foot berth that can accommodate multiple yachts.

The addition of the superyacht lift on the north side of the Miami River and 100-ton lift on the south side are part of a $30 million capital improvement campaign that includes new equipment, workshops and crew amenities including a dining option.

“Our goal is to exceed the demands of the most discerning clients and offer high quality workmanship with unsurpassed honesty and integrity,” said Aaron Leatherwood, president and CEO of RMK Merrill-Stevens. “The modernization project, new management and new company culture will help us become the first choice for the next generation of superyachts.”

The shipyard continues to operate during the construction, and it is also an official service and warranty center for Sealine, Fjord, Maori and Newport Custom Yachts.