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Enhancing Luxury Yacht Construction Risk Management

March 05, 2024 |   | 
2 minutes read
Mark Turner

Mark Turner

Complexities of Luxury Yacht Construction 

Luxury yacht construction demands meticulous planning, execution, and risk management. Every project is unique, with specifications tailored to the precise requirements of each customer. In this piece we explore the evolution of risk management practices within the context of a prominent Dutch yacht builder, tracing their journey from reactive approaches to proactive risk mitigation strategies.

Besides the complexity of the projects, the landscape of luxury yacht construction has evolved significantly over the years, transitioning from a commercial process where yacht owners personally oversaw the purchase of a new vessel, to a more intricate business model.

Today, prospective yacht owners are supported by a team of specialists and legal counsellors who meticulously manage the contracting process. This shift has introduced a range of challenges, including stricter scope management and the emergence of claims as integral components of projects. Consequently, effective project risk management in this industry has become more important than ever before.

Historical Background

Founded in 1849, the Dutch yacht builder has a distinguished legacy in shipbuilding, with a specialisation in crafting bespoke luxury yachts exceeding 100 meters/yards in length. Over the decades, the organisation has garnered a reputation for excellence and innovation. However, despite their standing in the industry, the absence of a structured Risk Management policy left the organisation vulnerable to potential disruptions and financial losses.

Transition to Proactive Risk Management

Recognising the need to reinforce their risk management capabilities, the yacht builder experienced a transformative period. A change of management in 2019 served as a catalyst for the organisation to reevaluate its approach to risk management and prioritize the adoption of proactive strategies. A dedicated Risk Manager was appointed to spearhead this initiative and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive risk management framework tailored to the organisation's unique needs.

Implementation of Safran Risk Manager

Central to the yacht builder's transition to proactive risk management was the adoption of Safran Risk Manager, a qualitative risk management solution provided by Safran Software Solutions. This sophisticated software provided a centralized platform for stakeholders to collaboratively assess risks, develop mitigation strategies, and monitor progress in real time. The implementation process involved training and engagement initiatives to ensure widespread adoption and proficiency in utilizing the software's features.

Positive Outcomes and Future Considerations

The adoption of Safran Risk Manager yielded significant benefits for the yacht builder, including improved risk awareness, enhanced decision-making, and substantial cost savings. By proactively identifying and addressing potential risks, the organisation minimized project delays, mitigated disruptions, and enabled more predictable overall project outcomes.


Moving forward, it is imperative for the yacht builder to sustain this momentum by continually refining their risk management practices, embracing technological advancements, and fostering a culture of proactive risk awareness and mitigation.


In conclusion, the journey of the Dutch yacht builder serves as a testament to the transformative power of proactive risk management in the construction industry.

Their journey has led to transparent and repeatable project executions, and more insight into the repercussions of undesired changes. The organisation has also benefitted from a change in culture. More stakeholders are involved in the process of evaluating scope, cost and feasibility, leading to increased awareness of risks and consequences.

By prioritising the adoption of robust risk management frameworks and leveraging advanced technologies such as Safran Risk Manager, organisations can navigate the complexities of construction with confidence, resilience, and success.

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