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Feadship On Revolutionary Projects Launching In 2015

Six projects are currently scheduled to launch in Feadship, and while they may be launching their largest project to date, this fully custom superyacht builder is also producing some of the finest yachts in the world: from the new hybrid yacht set to launch alongside 45 metre yachts with revolutionary aspects which are changing the way owners live and cruise on the water.

“The Hybrid boat is using a lot of queues from Venus,” explains Henk. “The power is generated by a big commercial engine [...] there is an electric motor behind it [...] The underbody of the boat is quite different, it’s like a sailboat […] there is also a big room filled with batteries [...] so you can drive the boat silently under battery for several hours.”

With an ecologically responsible theme running throughout the Top 100, Feadship are making leaps and bounds in the motor yacht construction sector and bringing projects which have historically been unsustainable, to higher and higher standards in terms of ecologically friendly design and operation in true timeless style.

An uncut interview with Henk de Vries, which covers the projects discussed above in greater detail, will be released on Superyachts.com soon.

Feadship Launches Savannah: The First Hybrid Superyacht

The James Bond-themed launch ceremony on Saturday evening saw a dramatic mix of singers, dancers and acrobats entertain the people involved in the construction of Savannah over the past three years and their families. The owner had flown in guests from round the world to join the party and hear him thank the Feadship designers, engineers, painters and craftsmen who put in over one million man-hours to create this masterpiece of pure custom creation.

The eco-friendly electro-mechanical propulsion is, of course, fantastically complex. In a nutshell, however, it features a pioneering blend of a single Wärtsilä main engine, three generators, some one million Watts of Li-ion batteries, a single central propeller shaft installation on the centreline and an in-line azimuting thruster. Combined with the yacht’s super streamlined hull shape, this means Savannah enjoys fuel economies of thirty per cent and incredible flexibility in operations and loading of the power plant.

The way one gigantic propeller is installed in front with another electrically powered prop in its slipstream has never been applied on a yacht. Another major innovation is the batteries, which provide extra speed at the top end, allow proper loading of the generators at any speed and facilitate super-quiet cruising at slow speeds without any engines turning. “The possibility to choose between diesel, diesel-electric or fully electric is truly exceptional,” says Savannah’s captain Ted McCumber. “Only Feadship engineering and the rich experience of this yard could have successfully concluded a project of such scope and vision.”

But there’s much more to Savannah than her awesome power system alone, as you can see for yourself in the picture. Check out her superstructure, where the glass and composite panels appear to float thanks to visual trickery involving polished stainless steel strips, aluminium supports and teak. Look at how the stainless steel doors form part of the yacht’s continuous line and also appear to be floating thanks to the remarkable work of CG Design and Feadship’s designers. Another unique aspect of the exterior is the way the aft owner and main deck areas are designed as a single open inside/outside space, enclosed by weathertight sliding doors. With the sides of the main lounge open, the entire zone from the swimming pool to the salon serves as an unprecedented al fresco experience. “The owner of Savannah loves to be at one with the water,” adds McCumber. “This phenomenal design will allow him to run from the main salon and dive straight into the sea.”

The incredible Sea Foam metallic green exterior colour scheme in was created by a human machine of several dozen craftsmen, who spent many weekends in a climate-controlled tent to create what is the world’s largest metallic-painted object. They used special mixing machines and electrically-charged spray guns to ensure all the metallic flakes were in perfect order and, not to mention, an additional ground-breaking achievement on a pure pedigree yacht.

Due to privacy agreements the interior remains a mystery; however Feadship has shared a few words on this equally amazing artifice. "Savannah has an ‘underwater lounge’ where guests can watch the fish outside or turn around and observe the fun and games in the nine-metre swimming pool. The room, which also converts into a cinema, is another first for a superyacht and features especially thick glass due to its position in the hull."

Henk de Vries, CEO of Feadship, was delighted to see the fruit of so much labour emerge from the construction hall today. “More than a thousand people have been involved with the creation of Savannah since the contract was signed at the end of 2011. This tremendous outcome once again shows how we at Feadship are never afraid to venture into uncharted waters.”

To watch an interview with Henk de Vries at the Superyachts.com Top 100 discussing new launches across 2015, click here.

Perini Navi Complete Refit On Superyacht Helios

Built by Perini Navi in 2007, Helios recently completed a significant refit at the Perini Navi Service and Refit facility in Viareggio. Her Captain and refit manager Raymond Wroe-Street had this to say when asked about the experience: “The refit team led by the very capable Elena Piendibene undertook the project with a time line that saw Helios planning to spend the winter in the yard. True to form , our timeline changed and it became necessary to speed the completion date up by several months.

Elena and her team worked diligently in getting the work done to meet our new deadline. The mast was repainted and all rod rigging changed. With the change we saw several improvements to the mast which allowed us to tune to a much better shape. Although not a huge work list, it was an expensive one. Perini stayed well within the quoted budget and in several cases was able to undertake the work with a significant savings to the yacht.

This is the second refit undertaken with the Perini team , and I can honestly say that they are one of the best shipyards that I have had the pleasure of dealing with during a refit project. I would highly recommend Perini as a shipyard to undertake any form of refit or rebuild. They have a comprehensive list of suppliers and vendors that can undertake any type of repair or refit on any type of vessel be it motor or sail”.

Helios joins a long line of vessels which have recently been attended to by the newly restructured and experienced Perini Navi Service and Refit team: MN Albatros, MY Space - 45 m, MY Lunar, SY Heritage - 45 m, SY Luna - 52 m, SY Victoria - 47 m, SY Astra, SY Barong C, SY Carlotta - 37 m, SY Desirade, SY Ellen - 40 m, SY Enterprise - 50 m, SY Esense, SY Khaleesi - 37 m, SY Morning Glory - 48 m, SY Nave Italia, SY Ohana, SY Orion, SY P2 - 38 m, SY Parsifal IV - 56 m, SY Principessa Vai Via - 40m, SY Rosehearty - 56 m, SY Seahawk – 60 m, SY Silvana - 56 m, SY State of Grace - 40m, SY Tess, SY Ulisse 2.

Editors Comments: Week Ending 23/01/2015

Based in London, BLUE has a list of projects underway across the world and are already making a difference. After the release of the highly-acclaimed movie ‘End of the Line’, BLUE worked tirelessly on their mission to raise the protected percentage of oceans across the world from 1.8% to 2.8%, with the aim of reaching 10% by 2020.

This is no easy task, given that 71% of the Earth’s surface is water and that the life within it covers 80% of all life on earth. BLUE are responsible for securing $12m for marine conservation work, protecting an area more than twice the size of the UK, brought globally acclaimed brands and ambassadors on board to support the cause and has developed a global portfolio of projects stretching from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.

It was a true pleasure to work with BLUE during the Top 100 once again, and we look forward to covering each step the foundation takes toward their goals inside and out of the superyacht industry.

Speaking of industry, there has been significant change across the board with major shipyards announcing new strategies and appointments. Patrick Coote joined us last week to discuss the change in management taking affect as of March 1st; CEO of Proteksan Turquoise sat with us to discuss the new acquisition of the yard by Oceanco owner and chairman Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani; and CRN also announced a significant shift up in their industrial plans for 2015.

I’m sure I said this a lot before the turn of the year, but I’m now confident that this is going to be an exciting year for both industry and NGO alike.

Image © Paul Colley

Ken Freivokh On Ground Breaking New Projects

The 141m sailing yacht - the largest wooden luxury yacht ever built - and the 150m project which is in the very early stages of life, are just a few concepts coming to life from extensive portfolio of Ken Freivokh.

For a closer look into projects such as Dream Symphony, the 150m project with IMAX cinema, a 107m underway at a leading Dutch shipyard with triple height atriums and the Dyna Rig evolution, watch the above video.

CRN On Superyacht Yalla & New Industrial Plan

At the Ancona headquarters of Confindustria (the Confederation of Italian Industry), representatives of the main union met with the company management, namely Lamberto Tacoli, President and CEO of CRN S.p.A., Marco Zammarchi, Responsible for the Reorganization, and Giovanni Sardella, Head of Human Resources.

The company presented its new industrial plan aimed at the re-launch of the shipyard, conveying the key elements of the plan and the effects of the company’s reorganization strategy, related to the workloads and the initiatives in support of the plan itself.

This objective will be achieved through the expansion of product ranges and brands built in the shipyard, building also steel and/or aluminum vessels of the Riva and Pershing brands. In addition to that, the company started the refit of a 46 m CRN ship, thus starting a possible new area of business.

This strategy of re-launch aims not only at generating an increase in the total turnover of the Company, but also at creating more opportunities for the Ancona shipyard, despite a quite complex marketing scenario.

The shipyard has currently two yachts under construction: M/Y 131 74 m and M/Y 134 55 m, as well as the refitting of a 46 m craft. At the end of 2014, the contract for a 77 m vessel – currently undergoing the planning stage – was also signed. The commercial activity of the shipyard continues with several important negotiations, in line with the aforementioned industrial strategy.

While remaining among the largest shipyards in the international segment of mega yachts (vessels over 40 m), CRN operates in a global nautical market strongly declined in the past three years.

The re-launching plan of the shipyard involves a company reorganization aimed at creating a strong production specialization optimizing and consolidating the know-how existing within the company, through important training interventions and investments in the productive areas considered as strategic.

In order to safeguard the occupational levels and its workers, the plan also provides for the opening of an Extraordinary Redundancy Fund for a period of two years, in order to absorb the low workloads expected for the next two years while preserving the present structure of production.

More details surrounding the re-launch will emerge soon, but with the successfully launched Yalla now on the water, watch the above video for more information on the new milestone for the Italian yard.

Rossi Navi On Projects Underway & On The Water

The latest 62m project, which was announced only recently, is still highly confidential; however, the work of Rossi Navi and Enrico Gobbi is a matter of pride even in the confines of confidentiality. A fast boat for an American client, this light construction project is faster than anything the yard has built with an aggressive approach to propulsion.

When under cruising speed, this yacht will maintain efficiency and perfectly combine aggressive speed, high-performance style and cutting-edge design. Watch the above video for more information on the next phase of the Rossi Navi Genesis.

Proteksan Turquoise On New Investment & Future Plans

While Oceanco focus on 80m and above, Proteksan Turquoise are focussed on the market leading up to 80m; meaning a very bright future for the Turkish yard.

Using the same balanced design, with renewed influence from a new investor, Proteksan Turquoise is poised to take hold of 2015 with new projects including an 81m superyacht.

For a closer look at the change underway at Proteksan Turquoise, watch the above video for more information regarding the acquisition and new projects set to emerge from the yard in the near future.

Sisterships Pelorus & Quantum Blue Outside Lurssen

Six yachts are at the Lürssen facilities in North Germany this winter. Every year many Lürssen "children" and other yachts are coming home to undergo a refit, repair job, or a conversion.

This is work that Lürssen undertakes with the German precision for which they are world-renowned. And although the work required may differ from ship to ship, the aim is always the same. Once Lürssen has been involved, the yacht’s life expectancy and performance will once again be comparable to that of a newbuild.

Seven shipyards provide for ample space to build and refit many yachts at one time in covered sheds and dry docks. And with over 1800 people working in the group, Lürssen not only has the space, but also the manpower of engineers, naval architects and craftsmen to work on any project - may it be a new build, a refit or a conversion.

Refit, Repair and Conversion has become a core business for Lürssen. Amongst the last refits are some of the world's most beautiful yachts such as Angel's Share, Pelorus, Carinthia VII, Dilbar, Radiant, Rising Sun, TV and Phoenix ².

One of the bigger recent refits was completed in the summer 2014 for "Global", formerly known as "Kismet".

BLUE Discuss A Very Real Problem

Based in London, BLUE has a list of projects underway across the world and are already making a difference. After the release of the highly-acclaimed movie ‘End of the Line’, BLUE worked tirelessly on their mission to raise the protected percentage of oceans across the world from 1.8% to 2.8%, with the aim of reaching 10% by 2020.

This is no easy task, given that 71% of the Earth’s surface is water and that the life within it covers 80% of all life on earth. BLUE are responsible for securing $12m for marine conservation work, protecting an area more than twice the size of the UK, brought globally acclaimed brands and ambassadors on board to support the cause and has developed a global portfolio of projects stretching from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.

For more information on the vital work BLUE are doing and how the superyacht industry is helping to give something back, watch the above video. 


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