BY Nick Walton on 12 Mar 2024

Sirena Yachts has opens a new shipyard in Yalova dedicated to super yachts, starting with the 42 Steel.

Steady growth in both sales volumes and model sizes has led Sirena Yachts to expand its yacht production facilities in Turkey. Leasing waterside building halls in the shipbuilding centre of Yalova, near Istanbul, has added an extra construction space to Sirena’s estate that reached 150,000 square metres now and boosted the workforce to 1,200. The intention is to concentrate production of Sirena’s Steel 42 superyacht there.

The new Yalova site joins Sirena’s two existing building locations in the region. The main facility is a 155,000 square metre complex some 25 minutes’ drive from the sea, where the brand’s smaller series yachts are built. According to the company, the original shipyard, which lies inland, will still be the main site where it manufacture the Sirena 48, 58, 68 and 78, while the Sirena 68 and 78 final fits are carried out at another location in Yalova, which keeps the air draught low enough for the hulls to pass under a number of bridges. The Tuzla shipyard has been given over exclusively to the production of the 88ft flagship.

Sirena Yachts has opens a new shipyard in Yalova dedicated to super yachts, starting with the 42 Steel.

“It is a big boat, so you cannot transport it by motorway,” says chief operations officer Ali Onger. “We needed a special area by the sea where we could launch them directly. We have a huge hangar where we can build four 88s at the same time – three in moulding and one in fit-out.”

“Yalova is an area renowned for its commercial shipbuilding, so it is appropriate that we should be building the new 42 Steel there,” says chief operations officer Ali Onger. “Hot steel work, such as cutting, bending and welding will all be done by sub-contractors on site. We will also do the outfitting and interior fit-out here. The chief advantage is that we can launch our growing range of big yachts directly from the production halls, with no need for transportation to the water’s edge.”

Sirena Yachts has opens a new shipyard in Yalova dedicated to super yachts, starting with the 42 Steel.

These developments mark an impressive period of strong double-digit annual growth for a brand that was only launched in late 2016. The key has been rigorous design work beforehand, strong cost control and a deep understanding of what the mid-size yachting segment wants. Since Sirena’s debut 64 hit the water in 2017, the yard has invested wisely and cautiously and been rewarded with sustainable growth in order numbers, especially from the US market.

“We want to be present in different size ranges,” says Onger. “We want to be the go-to shipyard that can accommodate the needs of the clients from the Sirena 48 upwards. The biggest brands don’t build this small anymore, but somebody has to be there to provide yachts that can get clients started on their boating journey. This way, we can provide the right yacht for each stage of the client’s yachting life.”

Sirena Yachts has opens a new shipyard in Yalova dedicated to super yachts, starting with the 42 Steel.

Sirena has also partnered with highly reputed designers, including German Frers, Cor D. Rover, Luca Vallebona, and Hot Lab to fit the maximum of features into the most pleasing lines. “We are trying to get the most out of any given size,” says Onger. “Look at our 48-footer with three cabins and two bathrooms, for instance. At the other end of the scale, we’re doing the same thing with the 42m, which has an owner’s patio, a huge plunge pool aft and a 45-50sqm saloon. Our strategy is to give the maximum space, usage and benefit to whichever boat the client wants.”

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