Construction and Design News
71-m Feadship built "Juice" Undocked
The new 71-m "Juice", built by Feadship. Photo courtesy FeadshipThis weekend saw the undocking of the 71-metre Juice from the giant Feadship construction hall in the Dutch capital, a vessel that is a blend of polished stainless steel, glass and teak offer a classic feel while the exterior lines showcase a sleek and captivatingly contemporary elegance.The owner of Juice, a repeat client for Feadship, has worked with the designers at RWD to ensure a refined exterior flow with soft lines and distinctive creases. All unnecessary elements have been removed.
Tech File: Compact Version of Schottel EcoPeller
Schottel presents a space-saving LC installation variant of its EcoPeller (SRE). By dispensing with the gearbox in the L variant and thus featuring lower noise and vibration levels, the unit is ideal for the yachting sector. These compact variants open up greater design freedom in the stern area for ship designers, increase on board comfort for passengers and create more space for other equipment. The new SRE LC variants, which cover the power range starting at 500 kW, are available now.Maximum mechanical efficiency is also assured as the SRE is systematically designed as an L-Drive.
Italian Sea Group Buys Bankrupt Yacht Builder for $91 Million
The Italian Sea Group said on Wednesday it had bought bankrupt luxury yacht maker Perini Navi for 80 million euros ($91 million) in an auction held by a court in Lucca, Tuscany.Italian yacht makers Ferretti Group and SanLorenzo had also offered to buy the luxury sailing brand Perini Navi, which was declared bankrupt in January.The Italian Sea Group said in a statement that the deal, funded with most of the proceeds of its IPO and through bank financing, will double its order intake for refits and lead to new contracts for the construction of 90-130 metre motor yachts.($1 = 0.8835 euros)(Report
MiTi NaVi Launches 34-meter Superyacht MiTi One
The 34 meter sailing superyacht MiTi One has been launched and delivered and is now on en-route to the French Riviera where she will be for sale and available for inspection.Her technical on water launch took place in August and was followed by intensive sea trials and commissioning before handover to the owning company in November.MiTi One is the first in the MiTi Navi series of semi-production sailing yachts built in steel and intended to combine European superyacht standards of construction management…
Yanmar Expands Saildrive Offering
YANMAR Marine International has announced the market launch of custom solutions to pair with the new SD15 saildrive by ZF, strengthening its range of products for the sailing sector. The new systems for larger vessels up to 65 feet enables more boat owners and boat builders to benefit from the combined technology and efficiencies of YANMAR’s higher power common rail engines and compatible saildrive models.Following the roll-out of the full range of easy-to-install and low-drag SD15 systems…
Ship Design: Zero-Emission Cruise Ship Concept Unveiled
Northern Xplorer AS (NX) announced itszero-emission, luxury cruise concept, designed to feature 'clean' technologies including fully electric propulsion, battery energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and auxiliary renewable energy supply (wind and solar power). Northern Xplorer will provide opportunities to travel ‘off the beaten track’, connecting passengers with unique locations in the Nordic countries in a personal way,” said Rolf André Sandvik, the company's founder and CEO. Sandvik is a master mariner with extensive experience with cruise lines NCL and Crystal Cruises.
Tech File: OATECH Fish-Farming "Superyacht" Earns RINA AIP
A fish-farming superyacht developed by Ocean Ark Tech of Chile (OATECH) and its strategic ally, London-based Ocean Sovereign, is one step closer to delivering fish to market after winning a key approval from marine classification society, RINA.Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) announced the Approval in Principle (AiP) of the new-concept offshore fish-farming system, Ocean Ark. The vessel delivers a new approach to aquaculture and looks set to disrupt by dramatically improving fish health…
Austal USA Picks Up the Lease on the Marine Group Boatworks' Ship Repair Yard
Marine Group Boat Works (MBGW) transfered the lease of its National City facility to Austal USA. The deal is scheduled to close mid-December 2021. This announcement comes after a period of unprecedented growth for MGBW in its yacht, commercial and specialty government craft divisions. The San Diego-based company will continue their focus on the growing superyacht industry and servicing commercial vessels, with emphasis on the high-speed ferry and tug and barge industries. In addition…
Superyachts Enjoy Pandemic Tailwind as Rich Seek Zen at Sea
When Chinese billionaire Jack Ma took a trip to Spain's Mallorca island last month, much was made of it being his first foreign foray since a 2020 fallout with regulators had clipped his wings.However, Ma's sunny sojourn on his newly-built 88-metre (289 ft) cruise boat Zen - estimated to be worth $200 million - also put a spotlight on a global trend: the return of the superyacht.As the number of billionaires grows and COVID-19 has added to incentives for avoiding crowds, the multi…
Feadship Refit & Services Welcomes Home 'the Fleet'
Eight Feadship originals 'return home' to their launch yard for refitThe vessels, in and of themselves, are spectacular visuals. But the vision of them floating into town to Feadship in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands -- or one of the builder's other three Feadship yards -- is other-wordly with the juxtaposition of stylish and mammoth modern yachts set against the quaint European countryside. In a huge milestone for the Refit & Services program that Feadship officially began offering in 2018…
Marine Coatings: Propspeed Targets Commercial Sector for Growth
Propspeed launched a new kit packaged specifically for the commercial marine trade professional. Rusty Morgan, VP of Sales & Operations, Americas, discusses with Maritime Reporter TV.New Zealand-based Propspeed, a maker of underwater foul-release coatings for 21 years, recently signaled its intention to enter full-force into the commercial maritime space with the launch of its first coatings kit packaged specifically for the commercial marine trade professional. The Propspeed Commercial Kit includes all that is needed to coat two propellers 165-203cm in size…
Smartgyro Announces New SG20
Gyroscopic stabilization specialist reveals its expanded three-model line-up to the U.S. market for the first time with the addition of the latest unit for 45ft to 55ft vesselsNew at this year’s IBEX, Smartgyro announces the addition of the SG20 unit to further expand its unique range of advanced gyroscopic stabilizers.Suitable for boats from 45 feet to 55 feet, the new SG20 offers all the design benefits and advanced roll reduction technology associated with the YANMAR-backed Smartgyro name.
Feadship Unveils New Future Concept
Feadship has marked the opening of the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show by unveiling its latest Feadship Future Concept. Synthesizing the very latest thinking on how owners and their guests actually enjoy their time on superyachts, the 81.75-meter Pure is also fully future-compatible in terms of likely developments over the next decade in propulsion and efficiency, the company said.From X-stream in 2006 to Choice in 2016, Feadship regularly made waves in the superyacht sector by releasing a Future Concept.
Neff Named Boston Whaler President
Brunswick Corporation announced Kris Neff has been named President, Boston Whaler and Nick Stickler has been appointed Vice President of Category Management and Strategic Planning at Mercury Marine. Both announcements are effective immediately.Neff joined Brunswick in 2005 and over the past 16 years, has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility across many divisions. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Category Management and Strategic Planning at Mercury Marine.
Ferretti, Rolls-Royce Power ink pact on Hybrid, IMO III Propulsion Systems for Yachts
Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Ferretti Group are deepening their cooperation and jointly developing sustainable solutions for future yachts. A first milestone is a cooperation to install a mtu hybrid propulsion system of Rolls-Royce in a new Ferretti yacht. Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group and Andreas Schell, CEO from Rolls-Royce Group's Power Systems Division, signed the agreement earlier this month in Cannes during the Yachting Festival. “In recent years, Ferretti Group has reported rapid growth and development, bringing beauty and innovation to the marine industry.
Italian Sea Group H1 Sales, Core Profits Double
Revenues and core earnings at the Italian Sea Group at least doubled in the first half of the year thanks to new contracts, allowing the luxury yacht maker to narrow its full-year guidance to the higher end of a previously given range.Shares rose more than 4% after the results were released and were up 2.4% by 1200 GMT, outperforming a 0.6% drop in Milan's all-share index.The group had initially guided for 2021 net sales of between 160-170 million euros ($189-201 million) and adjusted earnings before interests, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the range of between 25-26 million e
PROFILE: Boat-Building Icon Leon Slikkers Retires from Tiara Yachts
In a career that began with building wooden runabouts, Slikkers pioneered sport, sail and pleasure boats..Leon Slikkers, a marine industry pioneer, whose career building boats dates back to the 1940s, is retiring from Tiara Yachts, the company announced. An industry trendsetter who bucked conventional wisdom when it came to building boats out of fiberglass instead of wood, Slikkers, now 93, founded S2 Yachts in 1974. The company initially focused on trailerable sailboats, but…
TotalCommand: ZF Offers New Electronic Control System
With TotalCommand, introduced at the 2021 Cannes International Boat Show, ZF brings a new marine control system to market for a wide range of recreational and professional vessels. With an Italian design aimed at maximizing user-friendliness, it is designed to allow the captain to control the vessel’s main propulsion system precisely, efficiently.TotalCommand is fully compatible with ZF’s latest transmission shifting technology, designed to provid unmatchable clutch responsiveness, optimized control of proportional valves, and adaptive gear engagement.
VIDEO: Inside the New Ferry Pair for Isles of Scilly Steamship
As the bid package goes out to shipyards, Sylvain Julien, Director, Naval Architecture, Specialized Ship Design, BMT, discusses how local stakeholder demands and futureproofing shipboard technology drove the design of a pair of ferries for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company Ltd. has provided a lifeline to the Isles of Scilly since it was formed in 1920. When attention turned to designing a pair of new vessels – one passenger and one cargo – to service the island…
Mercury Marine Announces New Global Leadership Team
Mercury Marine, the marine propulsion systems division of Brunswick Corporation, announced multiple job moves and promotions within its global leadership team, effective immediately.Will Sangster is promoted to President, Mercury EMEA. Sangster has been General Manager of ANZP since 2014 and added responsibility for the Asia region in 2019. Under his leadership, Mercury APAC has continued to grow revenue and market share. Sangster will relocate to Mercury’s European headquarters in Petit-Rechain…
Cox Marine Pushing Through Supply Chain Delays
The 300hp diesel outboard manufacturer has decided to bring its PTT production in-house to alleviate pressures caused by supply chain delays and disruptionsCox Marine began production of the CXO300 in May 2020, and the company said it has seen demand grow strongly for this high-performance diesel outboard engine. However, the pandemic has had a significant impact upon the British diesel manufacturer’s supply chain – particularly the delivery of the major component, the PTT (power, tilt and trim) system.
Scania Scores Success in the Rec Market Powering Viking 46 Billfish
A 46-foot Billfish Built by Viking isowered by twin 900 HP DI13-Liter Scania engines, a push into the recreational market for the engine maker.The boat, MACK 900, was launched on June 2, 2021, and is powered by the pair of recreationally-rated Scania six-cylinder engines, commissioned by Mack Boring & Parts Co. "We’re very impressed with the performance of the Scania engines during our sea trials," said Anthony Scola, international sales manager, Viking Yacht Company. “Their light weight, power and fuel efficiency is immediately apparent.
Vittoria Yachts to Debut VELOCE 32 RPH in Cannes
Vittoria Yachts has welcomed a brand new division, Veloce 32 Rised Pilot House, dedicated to the design and construction of yachts at the Adria naval shipyard, that fully embodies the spirit and style: a typical Mediterranean ship, inspired by fast patrol vessels, designed for speed but also for long journeys at sea. The company is staging its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021 with Veloce and its other three Yacht divisions, scheduled from September 7 to 12, 2021.Designed and built by Hydro Tec engineer Sergio Cutolo…
Hybrid Power for Southern Wind Superyacht
BAE Systems was selected by Southern Wind to provide the electric-hybrid power and propulsion system for a new high-performance superyacht. BAE Systems will supply and integrate its system on the SW96 Nyumba, the first marine vessel to benefit from the company’s newest propulsion technology. The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system is designed to reduce emissions and fuel consumption on the superyacht, which is designed for both long-range cruising and regatta racing. This same technology is designed to also be applicable for Southern Wind’s newly launched project…
Majesty Yachts USA Sells Two Majesty 140 Superyachts
Majesty Yachts USA has announced the sale of two Majesty 140 superyachts to American buyers. Greg Terraglio, Managing Partner of Majesty Yachts USA, in partnership with Andrew Miles from Miles Yacht Group brokered the deal on hull number 3. Terraglio and Ralph Navarro with FYI Yachts brokered the deal on hull number 4. “Since winning the NBC Sports ‘Best in Show Award’ at its American market debut during the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, there has been great interest in the Majesty 140,” said Terraglio, a managing member of Majesty Yachts USA.
Torqeedo Breaks Ground on New HQ
Electric drives manufacturer announced it has broken ground on its new headquarters and production facilities in the Munich metro area on Wednesday.Construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, and the site will consist of 3,720 square meters of office space, with a mix of co-working spaces and on-site offices, 4,800 square meters of warehouse, production, and research and development area.Dr. Ralf Plieninger, managing director of Torqeedo, said, "The new facilities will allow direct contact and exchange between various departments.
Derecktor Shipyards Hires Steady as COO
Derecktor Shipyards announced on Thursday that Richard Steady will be joining the U.S. shipbuilding and repair company as chief operating officer.Steady has held many executive maritime positions prior to joining Derecktor. He began his career at Maritrans, the global shipping and transportation company, where he rose to the position of director of government and regulatory affairs. He also held key roles at marine construction and dredging operator Weeks Marine, where he was director of marine services…
Grönborg Takes the Helm at OXE Marine
Magnus Grönborg has assumed the CEO position for diesel outboard manufacturer OXE Marine AB.Grönborg succeeds Myron Mahendra who will assume the position of EVP Business Development, Sales and Marketing.Appointing Grönborg is part of the previously communicated move into the next phase of OXE Marine´s development, with third party production facilities in both Poland and the U.S., where the board of directors has resolved to reorganize the management team to optimize the company’s ability to achieve its financial and operational targets, OXE Marine said.
Tech File: Maritime Fuel Cells for Your Next Megayacht
Freudenberg is entering a strategic partnership with Lürssen Werft to develop fuel cell systems for megayachts. In the case of the first system under development, it will allow a ship to spend more than 15 days at anchor or cruise for more than 1,000 miles with zero emissions. Just as in larger ships that prioritize range and route flexibility, electricity must be ruled out as an energy source due to the heavy weight and low volumetric energy density of battery systems. For these ocean-going vessels, fuel cell propulsion is a superior choice.
The Italian Sea Group Sets Mid-range IPO Price
Luxury yacht builder The Italian Sea Group said on Friday it completed its initial public offering (IPO), setting a price of 4.90 euros per share, and that its shares would start trading on the Milan Bourse on Tuesday.The price is in the middle of the 4.15-5.66 euros per share range the group had set out and gives it a market capitalization of some 260 million euros.
Repeat Success: Long-Range Catamaran
When word spreads of a good design well executed, the reward for the boat builder is a customer who says, “Make me one just like that other one.”That is where the discussion starts and then come the clients requests for modifications. Such was the case when a high-level surfer from the western shore of Java approached James Dewing at his yard in Thailand. James had delivered one of his Powerplay catamarans to a customer in Tahiti in December of 2019. Now, the word was spreading for a true long-range luxury power catamaran.This wasn’t Dewing’s first boat…
Britain to Build New National Flagship to Promote Trade
Britain is planning to build a new flagship to promote its business and trade interests around the world, the government said on Saturday, in a move it said would also reinvigorate the nation's shipbuilding industry.Britain said the ship, once built, would host high level trade negotiations and trade shows, and the cost of the shipbuilding project would be confirmed once manufacturing contracts were tendered.Construction of the ship is expected to begin at a U.K. shipyard as soon as next year, and the ship will enter service within the next four years.
Riviera Reveals New Era Motor Yacht
Australia's largest luxury motor yacht builder is creating a new dimension in boating opportunities with the announcement of an exceptional new design.The Riviera 78 Motor Yacht is a new class of motor yacht from the award-winning team of designers, engineers and craftspeople at the company's headquarters and 16.8-hectare facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Following more than 40 years of evolution and with over 5,700 yachts in multiple styles built and now located in all corners of the world…
Project Elysium: Incat Crowther Unveils New Yacht Design
Incat Crowther announced a new design for a 24-meter motor yacht. Titled Project Elysium, the design has been contracted for construction, with delivery scheduled for 2023.Incat Crowther, in collaboration with the client, has implemented many innovative design solutions to meet a multifaceted project brief. Benefits of the custom design allow maximum use of spaces for the required purposes and greater efficiency at customer-specified transit speeds. Incat Crowther supported the client through preliminary design and yard selection phases and will perform production naval architecture…
Feadship Launches 95-meter Hybrid Motoryacht
Feadship said its yard in Makkum, the Netherlands has launched 95-meter Bliss. Subject of enormous owner involvement and the epitome of the custom build experience, this timeless family yacht benefits from the very latest hybrid propulsion and, with Polar Code certification, is set to be a world traveler.According to the builder, the owner’s involvement has been paramount to the success of both the exterior and interior design, with incredible attention to detail and a fantastic…
Cruise Shipping: Sea Cloud Spirit Delivered
Sea Cloud Spirit has been delivered to Sea Cloud Cruises from the Vigo, Spain shipyard, and its maiden voyage is set for September 14, 2021, for a 10-night roundtrip Rome to Rome. The plan is to have the ship spend the fall in the Western Mediterranean and the upcoming winter season in the Canary Islands. As cruising makes its return, the new build with a capacity of only 136 guests, is expected to become a nice alternative for younger guests looking for a smaller cruise experience.Sea Cloud Spirit is a modern sailing ship…
Latest ShadowCat Wayfinder Delivered
The second vessel in the ShadowCat range, Wayfinder, has been delivered, naval architect Incat Crowther and yacht services fir YCTS Ltd announced. Wayfinder builds on the capability of Hodor, delivered in 2019.Wayfinder has a 68-meter length, 14-meter beam and a draft of 2.4 meters which permits close coastline navigation. Features include a fully certified helipad and helicopter hangar, with accommodation and storage over four decks. Wayfinder's carrying capacity includes a helicopter, five large tenders, jet skis and more.
Wider Sea Named Steerprop Sales Rep
Azimuth propulsion systems manufacturer Steerprop has appointed Wider Sea as its sales representation agency for the Benelux and Monaco from April 1. Wider Sea is owned by Matteo Masi and based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.“I’m excited for Matteo Masi and his company to complement the Steerprop team as our independent sales representative,” said Juho Rekola, Director Sales and Project Management of Steerprop. “His experience and connections within the marine industry, combined…
Shipbuilding: Feadship Somnium Nears Completion
Emerging from the yard in Aalsmeer this week for final finishing and sea trials is the newest member of the Feadship fleet. The 55-metre Somnium, which is Latin for dream, is designed to take three generations of family members on a series of memorable world cruises.The first pure custom superyacht for an experienced Northern European owner, Somnium was designed by Studio De Voogt with a cozy interior design from FM Architettura. The owner, together with his representative Ron…
Vesconite Bearings Introduces Ready-to-fit Propeller Shaft Bearings
Vesconite Bearings has been hard at work identifying the most common propeller shaft bearings used in the leisure marine industry.It has done so to ensure that the right stock is available when clients need a particular item.Vesconite Bearings has since identified 170 frequently used sizes.Its imperial sizes range from shaft diameters of ¾ through to 6½ inches with a bearing length of 30 inches.In metric sizes, meanwhile, the range extends for shaft diameters from 20 to 155 mm…
Torqeedo Sets Up Direct Distribution in Norway
Electric propulsion and hybrid drives manufacturer Torqeedo said it ha established direct distribution in Norway to address the growing market for its systems in the region.Norway has a long tradition of seafaring and is a world maritime center for shipping, shipyards and maritime infrastructure, commercial fishing, offshore oil/gas, ferries, pleasure boats and a rapidly growing offshore wind industry.“Norway is a world leader in the movement toward electrification of land and water transportation…
Yanmar Collaborates with fragment design on New Yacht
Yanmar Holdings has entered into a collaboration with design house “fragment design”, headed by designer Hiroshi Fujiwara, to develop a special version of Yanmar’s flagship X47 EXPRESS CRUISER. The vessel, called the X47FRGMT, is now on sale.Yanmar’s X47 high-performance motor yacht, designed by Ken Okuyama, a director of Yanmar Holdings, offers an outstanding level of quality accommodation with two well-appointed en-suites cabins, a lounge and kitchen with Living spaces bathed in natural light.
Damen Yachting Confirms Sale of 55-meter Yacht Support
The team at Amels and Damen Yachting has confirmed the sale of the 55-meter yacht support Gene Chaser. The name of the yacht was unveiled during a private ceremony held at the Dutch builder’s shipyard in Vlissingen. Complete with stunning custom fleet colors and a research laboratory, the yacht support will be used alongside the Amels 180 Gene Machine.Gene Chaser, from Damen Yachting’s YS 5009 Yacht Support range, was originally launched in late 2020 as Blue Ocean. Over the last two months…
Does Your Yacht Need a BWT System? You Better Check
France-based BIO-UV Group is advising yacht owners and crews to ensure their vessels are compliant with the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention and USCG regulation.Yachts less than 50m in length are often considered recreational craft and exempt from the regulations. However, despite their size, some smaller vessels are over 400gt and have a ballast water capacity greater than 8m3. This means they must comply with the requirements set out in the BWM Convention.Maxime Dedeurwaerder…
New Helideck Part of Major Yacht Refit
The Feadship yard in Makkum has welcomed home the 57.3-meter Amara, first launched by Feadship as Cacique in 1986. Originally designed by Frits de Voogt with an interior by Terence Disdale, the current owners purchased Amara in 2020. Having spent some very enjoyable times on this classic Feadship, they decided to use their experiences to refit Amara to their personal preferences and uses.One of the key aspects of an extensive list of activities will be the installation of a new helicopter deck.
Vittoria Yachts Starts Construction on Motor Yacht Bow Sprit
Three months after its launch, Vittoria Yachts have continued, full steam ahead, kicking off 2021 by beginning construction on the Bow Sprit, the first motor yacht in the Explorer line.Paolo Duò, President of the Vittoria Shipyard, Michele Zorzenon, Managing Director of Vittoria Yachts, and Sergio Cutolo, the designer of the motor yacht, attended the keel laying ceremony at the Vittoria Shipyard in Adria, which marked the start of work on this Explorer yacht, at just over 50 meters…
IMTRA Debuts New Side-Power Thrusters
IMTRA, manufacturer and importer of solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, introduced its new line of commercial-grade Side-Power thrusters designed for commercial vessels and larger recreational yachts. Available in four different tunnel sizes, the new products include proportional or on/off controls in AC-powered and hydraulic versions.Available in 12-, 16-, 20- and 24-inch tunnels, the new Side-Power thrusters provide up to 3,000 pounds force of thrust. Each unit is built with dual, counter-rotating, bronze five-blade props for durability and efficiency.
AkzoNobel Acquires New Nautical Coatings
AkzoNobel N.V. is set to increase its presence in the North American yacht coatings market after agreeing to acquire New Nautical Coatings, owner of the premium Sea Hawk brand. Financial details are not disclosed.The privately-owned company is one of the top players in yacht coatings in North America. Operating a specialized production facility out of Clearwater Beach, Fla., the business is mainly active in North America, with sales also being generated in the Caribbean and Australasia.“North…
Shipbuilding: Former NBA Star Tony Parker's Yacht Takes Shape in Turkey
AvA Yachts is currently building M/Y Infinity Nine, the second of AvA’s Kando series being built for former NBA star Tony Parker.Parker visited the yard to witness construction firsthand, and to date the hull and superstructure are now complete with the final coating of the hull underway. All major equipment has been delivered and installed and the interior fit out has begun in earnest.An extended swim platform at the stern, a full beam master with floor to ceiling windows and a gym on the upper deck…
Tito's Restored Former Flagship to Become Hotel and Museum in Croatia
The restored flagship of former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito is being converted into a hotel and a museum devoted to its turbulent history, from banana boat to meeting place for world statesmen.Berthed in Croatia’s Adriatic port of Rijeka, the Galeb (Seagull) will open to the public in its new role next year.The ship was built in 1938 in Italy to transport bananas from Africa. During World War Two, it was used first by the Italian navy and then by the Germans and it was sunk by Allied planes at the end of the war.In communist Yugoslavia…
IN THE YARD: Designing Ship Build and Transport Cradles
Transportation cradles are a key component in the build, transportation and launch of a ship and a suitable design can be fundamental in the success of these operations. Throughout their use they will support the various blocks and completed ship during construction, act as the interface between the vessel and SPMT’s (Self Propelled Modular Transporters) or barge, and ultimately support the ship during float off operations. The cradles are possibly the only item of equipment that will see the ship from very early stages of construction through until she is floating in the water.
Incat Crowther Designs "COVID-19 Inspired" Support Yacht
Australian vessel designer Incat Crowther has launched a new "COVID-19 inspired" shadow vessel concept - Haven.Incat Crowther has described the Haven as a “protective layer” to the owner’s mothership. "By acting as a buffer between the main yacht and outside world, Haven allows owners and charterers to maintain COVID-secure social bubbles on board. The yacht will act as a COVID-19 testing facility and quarantine space before allowing guests and crew to proceed onto the mothership…
Derecktor Breaks Ground on New Florida Shipyard
Plans to convert the century-old Port of Fort Pierce into a repair and refit facility for the global fleet of megayachts and large sailing yachts are moving full speed ahead.After a lengthy permitting and review process, Derecktor Shipyards has been granted approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Fort Pierce to begin construction of its newest shipyard – Derecktor Ft.
Battery-Power Moves Ahead in the Yacht Sector
Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore placed a 10-year, $5 million contract with OXIS Energy to build the world’s first ever luxury boat to be powered by Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) cell and battery systems technology with a design range between 70 and 100 nautical miles at cruising speed.OXIS will work with YdL to design the new 40 foot luxury day boat which will carry a 400 kWh battery system comprising of Ultra Light, High-Power cells and a BMS. The design and manufacture of the cells modules…
Dongara Inks Deals to Build Two New Vessels
Dongara Marine received orders to build custom-designed vessels: a monohull commercial fishing boat and a high speed catamaran for recreational use.An experienced commercial fisherman is the client for Dongara Marine’s first new vessel for the South Australian Rock Lobster fishery.Customised to client preferences, the 17.8m long aluminium hull features the hallmark fine entry of Southerly Designs’ offshore capable monohulls, topped by a single level wheelhouse – an arrangement…
OXE300 Diesel Outboard EPA Tier 3 Certified
OXE Marine AB has received the official approval and issuance of EPA Tier 3 certificate for OXE300. The certificate is valid for a all power ratings the manufacturer has applied for, 200-310 hp prop power, which further extends the potential of the power-range for the certified OXE300 unit.The EPA certification approval allows OXE Marine AB to sell and distribute its OXE300 in all markets where EPA Tier 3 certificate is required. The approval covers commercial and leisure use.In…
Brunswick Expands Capability in Electrification Technologies
Brunswick Corporation continues to develop solutions to further improve boater experiences both by advancing the efficiency and capabilities of its core product lines and through its ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification & Shared Access) strategy.In order to advance this strategy, Brunswick is establishing new leaders with strong technology experience and strengthening its development capability and investments in electrification technology and programs, in addition to autonomy and connectivity.In support of this effort…
Marell M15 Quad Outboard Open High-Speed Interceptor Launched
Marell Boats of Sweden launched the M15 Quad outboard open high-speed interceptor that includes fine tuning of the M15 hull and the addition of four Mercury 450HP Outboard engines on an extended platform.The M15 is designed for high speed interception and boarding, with a center steering position for a helmsman to optimize control and allow for full view of the surroundings during boarding maneuvers and high speed turns. Ullman shock absorbing seats level out the impact from the…
New Expedition Yacht Enters Outfitting Phase
The Feadship yard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands has commenced the outfitting of the 55-meter Project 708 expedition yacht after its delivery from the Feadship hull-building facility in Papendrecht.Due to be completed end of 2021, this innovative vessel has been commissioned by a client with enormous experience of exploring the world.Designed by Philippe Briand and Vitruvius Yachts Ltd, the expedition-style yacht will be fully self-sufficient and exceptionally fuel-efficient.As the planned adventures include taking on the North-West and North-East Passages…
Scania Expands Partnership with Maritimo
Engine manufacturer Scania is expanding its its longstanding partnership with luxury yacht builder Maritimo to include boats built for the United States and Canada. Effective immediately, Scania’s 16-liter V8 and 13-liter in-line six-cylinder engines with industry-leading power-to-weight ratio will be standard fit on the Maritimo X50R and X60R – Performance Editions of the company’s range of X-Series sport motor yachts.Maritimo’s X50R will house twin 800 HP DI13 Scania engines, while the X60R will feature twin 1,150 HP DI16’s.
Nobiskrug MegaYacht Newbuild Project No. 795 Heads to the Outfitting Dock
NOBISKRUG said that the hull of its latest Winch designed Project 795 has made the milestone journey across to the outfitting dock. The transfer of the hull is a landmark occasion within a superyacht build, and this celebration was shared with British studio, Winch Design, which has penned the exterior and interior design of the vessel, with trademark features recognizable throughout.The superyacht, built under Project No. 795, provides five accommodation decks. It has been conceived with a large bathing platform on the lower deck…
Vittoria Shipyard Launches Yacht Division
The first design project is the 50-m Explorer yacht, designed by Hydro TecThe Duò family, with their hundred years of experience in military, paramilitary and civil shipbuilding, has ventured into the luxury boat sector. The Vittoria Shipyard has launched Vittoria Yachts, the new division, dedicated to designing and building yachts, able to draw on the production capacity and know-how developed over almost a century of business experience, adding over 870 units to the new market segment of luxury yachting.Leading Vittoria Yachts on their journey are Paolo Duò…
Cummins Unveils New Marine Generator
Cummins has unveiled its new Onan C-Power QSB7E generator for the recreational marine market, giving first kook to participants of the Genoa International Boat Show. The new product is available in both 50 and 60 Hz models, with output of up to 195 kWe.“We understand that luxury yacht manufacturers face growing demands for comfort and peace of mind,” said Michel Kozulic – Marine Business Development Manager at Cummins. “Cummins’ QSB7E generator provides maximum reliability thanks to a commonality with its proven commercial marine generator portfolio.
Dometic Electric Power Steering Earns RINA Certification
Dometic’s Vancouver facility has received RINA Approval and Certification for its Optimus 5000 Electronic Power Steering System (EPS), opening the door for growth in yachting and commercial marine markets.The Dometic Optimus 5000 EPS is engineered for inboard vessels ranging from 40 to 100-plus feet in length. Its manufacturer believes the Type Approval from the Italian classification group on the Optimus 5000 EPS for both pleasure and commercial vessels under 500 metric tons will positively impact on its marine business globally.
Metal Shark Launches Expedition Yacht Portfolio
U.S.-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has launched a 48-meter (158’) aluminum catamaran expedition yacht, the first in its newly introduced lineup of high-speed, long range catamaran expedition yachts.The new Metal Shark M48, named Magnet, is the first-ever private recreational yacht built by Metal Shark, a diversified builder of aluminum and steel vessels for military and commercial operators worldwide. In addition to the M48, the company’s Metal Shark Yachts portfolio includes the M30 (30 meters / 100’) and M70 (70 meters / 231’).
Sanlorenzo Partners with the Ancasta Group
Italian yacht and superyacht producer Sanlorenzo has partnered with the Ancasta Group, forming Sanlorenzo UK.The new endeavor is part of Sanlorenzo’s continuing strategy of strengthening its sales network by expanding representation in key markets, said the company, which boasts an order book currently standing at €613 million ($727.6 million).Ancasta has 35 years in the UK yacht sales and service industry, and Sanlorenzo UK will draw upon both Sanlorenzo’s and Ancasta’s expertise to provide all Sanlorenzo owners with service and support, wherever they base their yachts.
Caterpillar Debuts Cat C32B Marine Engine
Caterpillar Marine has rolled out its new Cat C32B 2,000 HP (2025 MHP) marine engine with a rated engine speed of 2,300 rpm. This engine meets emerging market demands and expands the power capability of the C32 high performance product line, delivering a 5% power increase over existing C32 ratings.The new model shares a similar look, as well as most of the same connection points and footprint of the current C32 engine, and it will be available with the same emissions certifications as the current C32 ratings…
New Luxury Yacht Charter Concept Emerging in Croatia
These 40-plus-meter yachts available for charter in Croatia present unbeatable price performance, says Mitja Mirtič, CEO of Goolets, who heralds the "new age of yachting".As the luxury yacht business booms in many parts of the world, Croatia has become one of the hottest destinations to charter a yacht.Croatia as a charter destination is by itself already the place to go. With more than 1,200 islands to explore, beautiful medieval towns and jet set places such as Island Hvar or Dubrovnik…
Scania Debuts 900, 1,150hp Engines for the North American Pleasure Market
Scania is making available its new powerful and lightweight range of engines – fully emissions certified for the U.S. pleasure craft market, including a line-up commanded by a 900 HP, six-cylinder, 13-liter in-line and an 1,150 HP 16-liter V8 Scania engines.Built on a Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) engine block and employing a simple wastegate turbocharger, Scania delivers top-of-class performance without the need for additional turbos or superchargers. The resulting light weight…
Sea Cloud's New Tall Ship is Taking Shape
Sea Cloud Cruises' third tall ship, Sea Cloud Spirit, is taking shape in Vigo, Spain. Interior outfitting is underway as specialists from the Polish shipbuilding company Chorén have erected the approximately 54-meter-high aft mast for the 138-meter-long, three-masted sailing ship due to enter service later this year. Raising the aft mast is an important prerequisite for the completion of the Sea Cloud Spirit, says Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Hamburg-based Sea Cloud Cruises The mizzenmast not only carries the sails…
Armstrong Debuts New Recreational Cat
The Mary James is a 35 x 13-ft. planing catamaran with full width superstructure, recently delivered after successful sea trials in late May. Designed and built by Armstrong Marine USA, the 3513-CTC is part of Armstrong’s growing portfolio of custom built recreational catamarans.Twin Yamaha 425hp outboards paired with Helm Master electronic steering power The Mary James. Twin 200-gallon fuel tanks maximize range, navigated with a comprehensive Garmin/NMEA electronics package.
First Cox Diesel Outboards Bound for N. America
Cox Powertrain said Tuesday it is shipping its first CXO300 production diesel outboards bound for North America to a distributor in Florida for the U.S. market.Following the delivery of Cox Powertrain’s first production CXO300 outboards to Singapore-based distributor Sime Darby, Cox has dispatched its next shipment to North America, where Florida-based distributor Ring Power is awaiting the engines' imminent arrival ahead of its customer demo program.With the majority of CXO300 customers located in North America…
New CEO Takes the Helm at RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard
Industry veteran William Clewes has been appointed CEO of Miami yacht repair yard RMK Merrill-Stevens, charged with leading Florida's oldest shipyard through a period or redevelopment, reopening and beyond.“I am excited about building a team and a new facility to bring the RMK Merrill-Stevens facility back to its former glory and beyond,” said Clewes in January after accepting the position. Clewes will lead the North and South yards, which straddle the Miami River, the ongoing redevelopment of both…
Cox Powertrain Ships Its First Diesel Outboards
Cox Powertrain's production line has been in full flow over the last few weeks with the company’s team of engineers working around the clock to meet their next big milestone. This week Cox watched the first ever production CXO300 diesel outboards come off the assembly line, ready to leave the factory to the company's global network of distributors.Cox’s distributors have been awaiting the delivery of their first CXO300 outboard engines so that they can begin their on-the-water customer demonstrations.
Amels Launches 77m Luxury Expedition Yacht La Datcha
Damen's luxury yacht builder Amels has launched a new 77-meter expedition yacht La Datcha.La Datcha’s emergence from her building hall in the Netherlands this week marks the start of the final stages of her build process before she heads on a global charter itinerary which is set to include heli-skiing in Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands and dive adventures off Papua New Guinea. This a yacht built for adventure – custom designed to explore the world’s far-reaching destinations without compromising on luxury.
Wärtsilä, Pastrovich Working on Sustainable Boutique Cruise Ship
Finnish marine technology company has teamed up with naval architect and yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich on the design of innovative sustainable superyachts for the boutique cruise sector."A new generation of boutique cruise ships is set to emerge, with the luxury of a superyacht, the construction techniques and passenger experience of a cruise ship, and a close focus on the environment. These cost optimized vessels will serve the charter and luxury hotel sectors in attracting and meeting the demand from millennials and cruise veterans alike…
Superyacht Design: Are owners shifting to streamlined design and production?
Superyachts have a long history of tailor-made, special-made and unique “to the Himalaya and back” luxury solutions. The question is, will this continue, or will the current market situation make superyacht owners and builders consider streamlining some parts of the design and production in order to achieve cost-efficiency?Superyacht market experts have expressed a worry that the industry is pricing itself out of its own market and some warn that the clients will find other things to invest in if the yachts become too expensive. Personally, I think this worry is legit.
Product in Focus: Vesconite Hilube Rudder Bushing
A Vesconite rudder bushing has been an important part of the step-by-step dismantling, parts procurement and reassembly of the rudder of a 30ft Jeanneau Arcadia sailing yacht known as the Ghaaata.When an annual maintenance inspection revealed significant rudder play caused by the internal structure, Jeanneau Arcadia sailing yacht owner Jorge Veiga embarked on a full rudder replacement, including everything from the pins, bolts and bushings, through to the actual rudder.For the rudder bushings he chose Vesconite Hilube…
Nobiskrug Unveils New 62m Superyacht
Nobiskrug has made public its latest 62-meter Project 794, which came into view on its move from the Kiel shipyard into the superyacht hall of the Rendsburg facility on the last weekend in May 2020.The yacht’s journey between the two shipyards started from Kiel Fjord with a passage through the locks, into the Kiel Canal continuing to Rendsburg, reaching the shipyard in the early afternoon.Following the keel-laying in June last year, the construction of all sections up to assembly…