From yacht builder to leading refit shipyard
With humble refit origins on a 30m sailing yacht the journey over nearly 20 years has been a constant evolution of how to best marry technical excellence with the ultimate flexibility required to ensure the most successful refits.
Co-founders Ben Mennem and Mark Salman start a company called Custom Tenders where, over a period of six years, they build around 80 tenders for some of the most iconic superyachts of the day.
Search and acquisition of new facilities in La Ciotat, France following increased demand for services. Compositeworks is officially launched.
A shift in focus
Compositeworks dedicates itself fully to superyacht refit with facilities tailored towards servicing larger yachts and the last composite new build is completed in 2010.
Trust and recognition
As well as having built trusted relationships with clients regularly returning, the shipyard receives international recognition with superyacht awards for refit work on a host of projects.
The company creates partnerships with other sizeable facilities capable of catering for 100-metre plus yachts, in the Mediterranean and began working with the Atlantic refit Centre in the large dry dock in the port of La Rochelle.
Compositeworks joins the MB92 Group
In 2018, Compositeworks becomes part of the MB92 Group alongside MB92 Barcelona and Blohm & Voss La Ciotat. This union between two of the industry’s most trusted players creates the world-leading Group of refit shipyards.
The birth of MB92 La Ciotat
Sharing world-class facilities, knowledge and expertise and preparing the Group for further growth.
Sharing best practices & reinventing refit
Each area of the business meets with its counterparts from Barcelona in order to share expertise, experience and best practices. Both shipyards hold similar beliefs in the value of teamwork and a shared passion for excellence and decide to adopt the MB92 identity. In September 2018, MB92 La Ciotat is officially launched at the Monaco Yacht Show.
MB92 La Ciotat awarded exclusive use on upcoming 4300 t Shiplift
In 2018, MB92 La Ciotat was awarded a 35-year lease with La Ciotat Shipyards for the exclusive use of more than 23,000sqm on the 4,300-tonne platform to be delivered towards 2022.
300 t Origins
In 2020, MB92 La Ciotat announced the creation of a dedicated refit facility serviced by the 300t travel lift within the MB92 La Ciotat shipyard, “300t Origins”. As the name suggests, this facility is dedicated to maintaining and refitting yachts up to 300t and refers to the ‘origins’ of MB92 La Ciotat, who initially built much of its reputation by building and refitting sailing and power boats under 300t displacement. The facilities include 14 spaces on the hard, 4 of which with keel pits, for vessels between 30 and 50 metres in length as well as a state-of-the-art 50m paint cabin.
2021 & beyond
Working with the community
We are very proud of the positive impact our shipyard has on the local economy in la Ciotat and we are excited about our future there, where we will have exclusive access to 23,000sq.m on the 4,300-tonne platform to be delivered towards 2022.