St Lucie Board of County Commissioners has selected Derecktor Shipyards to develop and operate a megayacht shipyard at Fort Pierce, Florida, US.

The selection is based on a competitive request for qualifications (RFQ) bid.

The new yard, Derecktor Fort Pierce, will be a purpose-built megayacht repair and refit yard, which will be the first of its kind in the US.

Derecktor is currently having discussions with St Lucie Board of County Commissioners for a mutually beneficial contract to start works on the yard.

Derecktor president Paul Derecktor said: “We’re ready to start work on the site and bring boats in for dockside jobs as soon as an agreement is reached.”

“Derecktor Fort Pierce will be developed to serve yachts of over 200ft and more than 900t capabilities.”

Derecktor Fort Pierce will be developed to serve yachts of over 200ft and more than 900t capabilities.

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The yard will feature a 1,400t mobile hoist along with a 3,500t or larger drydock to enable the hauling and service of large sailing yachts, which are currently being serviced at European shipyards due to lack of such facilities in the US.

Once fully operational, the yard is expected to employ more than 200 people directly and 100 others as subcontractors and suppliers.

Derecktor is expected to offer a training programme in partnership with Indian River State College of Fort Pierce and intends to hire a local workforce.

Derecktor currently serves both the commercial vessels and warship building sectors.