Sevenstar Yacht Transport opens second office in France
World’s leading yacht transport company is now also based in La Rochelle.
Over the past four years, Sevenstar Yacht Transport (SYT) saw their French market increase and this resulted in the opening of a second office in France, and third office for the French market. The first and very successful office for the French market opened its doors in Monaco in 1998 , followed by Lorient (2016) and now in La Rochelle, France.
On the French Atlantic Coast, SYT went from 4 port calls in 2016 to 15 port calls in 2020. La Rochelle has been playing an important role in this expansion as it acquired a semi-liner status and offers a lot of room to grow. ‘La Rochelle is the perfect place for the growth of our operations, right in the middle of the Nautical action’ says Matthieu Le Bihan, who runs the Lorient office.
Over the years, La Rochelle has become a logistic hub for the French yachting industry. The main French brands have their facilities 100 km inland and 80% of their production is exported abroad. La Rochelle is an ideal port of loading, especially for big units, catamarans and motor yachts which are commissioned and prepared in La Rochelle, before being loaded and shipped to their final destinations. SYT’s other French offices are based in Monaco and Lorient. Monaco is historically dedicated to the Super & Mega yachts segment, while Lorient remains the mecca of Ocean Racing.
Elodie Le Blevenec is running the new office, set in the heart of the “plateau nautique”. Through her vast experience in the charter business and yacht sales, La Rochelle is literally her playing ground. Working closely together with her colleague Matthieu in Lorient and the office in Monaco, which is led by Valerio del Becaro, they serve the whole French & Italian market. Moreover, they are in close contact with the operations and engineering department in SYT’s headquarter in Amsterdam. Every customer can rely on having one contact person for their transport from start to finish. And SYT’s own loadmasters are there to make sure that everything runs safely and smoothly.