UK superyacht builder Pendennis Shipyard has received approval from Cornwall Council for its marine-based development. The plans mean the creation of two wet docks and a wet basin to hold back the tide alongside the north facing area of the yard in Falmouth. This will dramatically increase Pendennis’ capacity, allowing it to build and refit larger vessels.

Pendennis’s shore-based proposals approved earlier this year include increasing the height of their existing dry dock by nine metres to allow for larger vessels, the construction of two new seaward-facing halls that can be fed by the company’s existing 400-tonne travel hoist, as well as a new support complex housing a hospitality suite, crew quarters, six ground-floor workshops and offices.

These initiatives are the first stage of a wider ‘Port of Falmouth Masterplan’, and have been welcomed as a vital boost for Falmouth, with the potential to create up to 60 new jobs at the yard. “We are pleased to be involved in the Port of Falmouth Development Proposal and would like to thank all of our private and public sector supporters within the region,” says Toby Allies, sales & marketing director at Pendennis. “As a company we are very proud of the growth and expansion that we have achieved over the past 25 years, and keeping Pendennis and the wider Falmouth community on the map as a world renowned superyacht destination is key to our continued success.”

Recent builds at Pendennis include the 32-metre Barracuda sloop Akalam and the Ron Holland 46-metre Christopher, while the SuperYacht World cover star Hemisphere, a 44-metre catamaran, was completed here. Refits have included A2 (ex-Masquerade of Sole) and the J-class yachts Velsheda and Lionheart.