Thursday, October 30, 2014, will see The International SeaKeepers Society host their annual Founders’ Dinner. The event will honor vessels that participated in the 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions, SeaKeepers Drifter deployments, as well as outreach programs.
This year, SeaKeepers facilitated three scientific expeditions, four outreach programs, and had five SeaKeepers Drifters deployed. Copasetic hosted a genome sequencing expedition and housed a custom-made at-sea mobile laboratory. Penny Mae hosted a week-long tiger shark tagging expedition with assistance from LoJo. Fleet Miami’s Shredder hosted a three-day expedition monitoring the behaviors of various designs of ocean drifters.
Five SeaKeepers Drifters were deployed thanks to Defiance, Fugitive, Meduse, and Valkyrie.
Defiance hosted two educational outreach programs this year: a drifter deployment with school children in Bimini, Bahamas and a lesson on ocean conservation with children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island. Shredder introduced youth of the Miami-based organization StreetWaves to ocean currents, drifter instrumentation and oil spill research. Copasetic led an outreach program teaching children about microscopic organisms and touring the genome sequencing lab.
Founders’ Dinner guests will enjoy a video highlighting the 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht missions. Guests will have the opportunity to board Shredder, which will be docked at the venue. A silent auction, featuring items from sailing experiences to vacation getaways, will take place during the event.
Moonen 121 motor yacht Victoria del Mar will be showcased at Face Dock 20 and the 137ft custom Moonen superyacht Sofia will be available for private visits with potential clients at her home berth, which is only a ten-minute boat trip from the show. And the same goes for the Moonen 97 yacht Sofia II.
Measuring 28 meters in length over all, the second motor yacht AllSeas 92 is currently under construction at AllSeas Yachts, the US builder of rugged steel and aluminum expedition yachts, based in San Diego. Below is a video with Tim Alls from AllSeas Yachts showing superyacht AllSeas 92 in build, released by YachtVid – a video production company, dedicated to providing interesting, informative and entertaining action yacht videos.
The latest motor yacht Arctic Sun II concept by Dennis Ingemansson represents a collaboration with the UK builder, Pendennis Shipyard. Arctic Sun II yacht concept is a striking 48-metre explorer vessel in the smaller superyacht segment. It is suitable as a support vessel for bigger superyachts or as a standalone expedition yacht.
48m explorer yacht Arctic Sun II by Dennis Ingemansson
The 48m luxury yacht Arctic Sun II project is aimed to be construction-friendly without compromising on complex aerodynamic form and functionality. The aft part is optimized for a fully certified helicopter platform following Eurocopter 155 standards. The helicopter landing area can be transformed to a massive sundeck area. The interior’s most outstanding room is the 360 degrees view room on the sun deck.
48m super yacht Arctic Sun II design
Preliminary Specifications of super yacht Arctic Sun II concept:
Gross Tonnage 690 GT
Engines 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M70
Max speed 19 knots
Nautical Range 5,700nm at 12 knots
Owner Double owner rooms to be merged upon request
Guests 8 guests in 4 Guest rooms
Construction Steel hull with aluminium superstructure
Idea & Design development by Dennis Ingemansson 2014
Following the news about the progress and end of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign, the PlanetSolar team is delighted to release the latest news about the boat’s last activities for the year 2014.
PlanetSolar in the popular Venezia yacht charter location, nestled in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar
The first week of navigation towards the City of Doges from Kiladah (Greece) is easy, with favourable weather on the Ionian Sea. On the way, a series of landscapes parade by the crew on both port and starboard, each more beautiful than the last. After a few days, there is Ksamil, the nearest shore of Albania, in the distance. For her last night in Greece, the ship dropped anchor against a turquoise backdrop, in the tourist island of Corfu, and was rocked to sleep one last time by the waters of the beautiful Hellenic Republic.
The next day, in a bittersweet departure, the catamaran and its crew set sail towards the Adriatic Sea, following the coasts of Montenegro. Along the way, the ship made brief stops here and there, discovering previously unexplored areas. There was smooth sailing until Croatia, or more specifically, Dubrovnik. The solar-powered boat could not resist the appeal of sailing (too) close to the coast, which drew the attention of Croatian coast guards (you try being discreet aboard the Tûranor!). A few administrative procedures later, and the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar was allowed to remain in Croatia’s territorial waters. That will teach the catamaran to stick her prow in everything!
PlanetSolar cruising the waters of Venezia in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar
After this detour, the boat headed North and island-hops across Croatia’s coast: Korcula Island, Hvar Island, the Zadar archipelago, Losinj Island… Croatia is stunning. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar zoomed along until it reached the North-west corner of the Croatia, near the town of Umag, and turned west to reach Italy.
The radiant sun gave way to sheets of rain, and the sky took on unbelievable purple tones. The catamaran felt her energy supply growing weaker, and knew it would soon be time to take a break from the oceans during the cold season.
Welcome to the Republic of Venice
Despite the rain, the catamaran reached Venice on time, on September 4th. Under a grey sky, the ship glided across the Italian city’s canals, a trip that was captured by the Souris Verte drone, a multimedia partner. This flying contraption unfortunately met a dramatic end a bit later in one of the city’s canals.
Venice is not only one of the 2014 campaign’s stops, but it will also become the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s home for a while. What better place to spend a winter than Venice, where boats are the main means of transport? This iconic winter stay was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Vento di Venezia company, which has been responsible for the re-qualification of the island of Certosa. Thanks to this organisation, the MS Tûranor will be moored in the island’s marina until May 2015.
PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar
Upon arriving, the ship paraded across the Venice canals, and onlookers soon rushed the docks to see this rare sight. The ship then zig-zagged around gondolas, barges, and small motor boats (vaporettos), an exercise which required a certain amount of dexterity. Imagine yourself trying to drive on a motorway at rush-hour with a 100-ton truck, and add the fact that these vehicles can pass you on both the left and the right! After this eventful little trip, the boat moored at the island of Certosa and prepared for the events that will take place aboard in the coming days.
Because of a stroke of calendar luck, the largest solar-powered boat in the world’s arrival in Venice coincided perfectly with the 71st Venice Mostra (a world-renowned international film festival). No red carpet for the PlanetSolar, which instead had a green one! In fact, the Green Drop Awards took place during the Mostra, a ceremony organised by the international Green Cross organisation, which celebrates films that feature values of ecology and sustainable development. The prize was awarded to Andrej Končalovskij for his film “The Postman’s White Nights”, inside the solar-powered catamaran’s crowded centre. The next day, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is involved in a very different kind of business, as guest of honour at the Regata Storica, an annual event that showcases the art of rowboats. Seeing these splendid, historical and typically Venetian vessels in the shadow of the solar-powered mammoth was quite an experience. Some of them are true works of art!
A few weeks later, the boat once again became an ambassador for renewable energy, and made a memorable entrance in the armoury of the City of Doges.
Currently, the boat is docked at the island of Certosa. She will stay there until May 2015, the start of summer and of her 2015 expeditions. This winter will be enlivened by visits and private events organised in collaboration with Vento di Venezia. After more than 9,000 kilometres at sea, the boat and her crew deserve some rest, but only to be all the more fit for 2015.
To conclude this Venetian episode, here is the last video of 2014, which shows the events that took place in Venice, and is sure to be a feast for the eyes!
The Crew Disembarks
After six months of intense solar-powered navigation, it is now time for the Breton crew members to recharge their batteries. Throughout the course of this 2014 campaign, the sailors were not only able to meet the goals of solar navigation, but also to actively participate in the promotion of the ship and her activities. More than 4,000 people crowded the ship’s hull during these past few months! The crew never stopped making sure that these visits took place safely, as well as answered curious visitors’ many questions. Gérard d’Aboville and his crew also watched over the arrival of several celebrities, authorities, and media presences aboard, and served the scientists well during the scientific research carried out in Greece. We would like to thank the crew once again, and to wish them a good trip home.
Rest assured, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has not been completely abandoned… in fact, the crew leaving for the winter coincides with the arrival of a new member of the PlanetSolar team: Giulia Seno. This Italian skipper will make sure everything goes well aboard from a technical point of view (checking the moorings, the alarms etc.) and greet guests during organised tours throughout the winter. Welcome to the team!
Rent the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Venice
During her holiday in Venice until May, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is open to the public, and will also become an events platform for companies, institutions, and even private guests. Having often been a victim of her own success during short stops throughout these campaigns, this winter in the City of Doges is an opportunity to take advantage of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s impressive dimensions and to discover the interior of this unique ship. Want to float along the Venetian lagoon on a cruise, enjoy a cocktail with a view of 512m2 of solar panels, or come aboard for Venice’s carnival? It is all possible.
A New Owner for the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar winter in Venice also marked a new chapter in the solar-powered boat’s history. The Stroeher family, the catamaran’s current owner, which has been passionate about solar energy and which worked in the background from the beginning of the project, is now retiring and passing on this multifunctional tool.
“The goal was on the one hand to conceptualize an idea that could prove the effectiveness of solar technology, and would help promote and develop that sector. On the other hand, we also wanted to demonstrate that beyond her technical prowess, the ship could be used for concrete, useful goals,”explains Immo Stroeher, the family’s patriarch. The businessman’s financial investment, as well as his significant personal engagement, has allowed PlanetSolar to go much further than a single trip around the world, in creating a durable enterprise that now allows the ship to be used for concrete goals.
“The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, winner of 6 Guinness World RecordsTM, not only completed the first solar-powered voyage around the world, but has also successfully carried out two unique scientific missions in 2013 and 2014, both of which were punctuated with prestigious stops during which countless visitors were able to visit the interior workings of the ship! Today, we are very proud to note that after the success of her voyage around the world, PlanetSolar has undergone a perfect transformation, carrying out not only scientific missions, but also serving as a powerful tool of communication thanks to the enthusiasm she generates at each stop. Our expectations have been exceeded, and it is time for us to retire, and pass this unique ship on to a new owner,”Immo Stroeher concluded.
Sanlorenzomotor yacht 460Exp-115 is an elegant and robust 42-metre explorer, superbly penned by Francesco Paszkowski Design. Scheduled for delivery in August 2015, luxury explorer yacht 460Exp-115 has been specifically designed for long-range cruising, providing all sorts of services and necessities, as well as the large internal spaces needed to allow the owner to cruise the sea for prolonged periods. Below are the renderings of the first Sanlorenzo explorer, released by Sanlorenzo Americas.
Sanlorenzo explorer yacht 460Exp-115 Exterior - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas
Aboard Sanlorenzo superyacht 460Exp-115 - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas
Luxury yacht 460Exp-115 Main Salon - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas
Sanlorenzo 460Exp-115 Yacht Main Salon - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas
460Exp-115 superyacht Owners Stateroom - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas
Motor yacht 460Exp-115 Owners Stateroom - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas
460Exp-115 Yacht VIP stateroom - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas
With a balance of masculine and feminine interior elements, there is an excellent balance between light and dark, which achieves innovative colour variations.
Austin superyacht concept - Bar Area
The interior of superyacht Austin concept is a perfect example of nature’s colours and textures: shades of blue and pine-green are inspired by water, wind, clouds and the countryside.
Luxury yacht Austin concept - Salon
The main salon of Austin superyacht concept can be used for a variety of purposes, as it is divided into several sections. The fireplace with integrated library and cinema is an area for relaxation. Movable furniture and interior features mean that the user can alter the size of library and cinema according to individual taste and space requirements.
Austin Yacht Concept - Owners Stateroom
The owner’s suite with its imposing King size bed, along with the main lounge, is the most important section of the owner’s deck. A writing desk and couch are placed to the right and left respectively of the owner’s suite entrance. Warm, earthy colours are used for the room interior, so that attention is not drawn away from the bed in the centre of the room. The colour palette of the owner’s suite blends into colours used for the the adjacent spa area, which also incorporates colours from the owner’s suite.
Superyacht Austin concept - Owners Stateroom
The lighting also gives the bed a prominent position in the room and creates a wonderfully warm ambience. The inside of the bed’s rear panel can be customised with integrated elements such as a television, mini-bar or shelving. From the bed the owner can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean.
Next month will see the New Zealand Pavilion return to METS. Kiwi companies will be turning the focus back on innovation as well as quality. When METS kicks off in Amsterdam’s RAI on November 18, the New Zealand Pavilion will be packed full of companies ready to position their products against the world’s best.
Wally 100 superyacht Indio - Photo Credit to Chris Miller and Doyle Sails NZ
It’s been a great year for Sealegs. The world-leader in amphibious technology was thrust into the spotlight when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were whisked across Auck-land Harbour and on to dry land without getting their feet wet before an adoring crowd. Now, for the first time at METS, Sealegs will exhibit a working demonstration of Sealegs’ amphibious technology at stand 02.222.
Auckland-based Sealegs will unveil and present its amphibious technology kit that will enable European boat manufacturers to create their own amphibious craft and extend their product range. Sealegs has over 900 amphibious craft in more than 35 countries, and there has been a strong uptake already among reputable Middle Eastern and Australasian boatbuilders who are making use of Sealegs amphibious technology kits on their own craft. The Sealegs team also looks forward to meeting with a wider audience, including superyacht skippers, crew and designers, to discuss the merits of amphibious tenders for the comfort of owners and guests.
Due to demand, Fastmount are now producing its popular Maxi Metal clips in both five-kg pull out, and ten-kg pull out versions as stock items. The MC-05 and MC-10 Maxi Metal clips are designed to meet the needs of demanding applications that require fire protection and heavy load bearing.
Ideally suited to aluminium plate substrate, marble veneer or aluminium honeycomb pan-els; panels can easily be recovered and refitted in any sequence. The Fastmount team will be on stand 2.226 in the New Zealand Pavilion and are looking forward to discussing how their Maxi Metal Clips can help to improve performance.
Glass areas by Glasshape aboard McMullen and Wing charter yacht Big Fish
Glasshape have the answer to delamination issues in windscreens and windows.
The company, which has built a reputation on providing glass shaped to fit challenging designs on award-winning yachts, has a full range of glass products suitable for internal and external applications and includes DuraShield Marine; engineered as an answer to delamination in windscreens and windows.
Glasshape is bringing its turnkey approach for superyachts to the benefit of European yards after its successful application in US and New Zealand yards. The approach sees the processes of consultation, measurement, design, quote, manufacturing and installation bundled together to provide an efficient solution for new build or refit projects. Complementary to DuraShield, is DuraShield Marine E Zone which is a heat-reducing glass designed especially for pilothouses, providing captains with clear windows and optimised thermal performance without the need for dual glazing. Glasshape products provided the impressive glass areas seen on yachts like McMullen & Wingcharter yacht Big Fish and Deltamega yacht Invictus and is fully marine certified.
Superyacht INVICTUS with glass areas by Glasshape
Tru-Design returns for its tenth year at METS, to show its new, non-return valve range and discuss its extended ball valve offering. Showing why it’s the the world leader in approved composite skin fittings, ball valves and associated fittings, Tru-Design composite products eliminate the worry associated with corrosion and electrolysis prevalent with traditional bronze through-hull fittings. The products have the seal of approval by Bureau Veritas, IMCI and ABYC and will last the life time of the vessel.
Pacific Aerials returns to METS with new products, product refinements, and a new cata-logue for 2015. Pacific Aerials’ Pro Series marine antenna range was the first to feature an easy to remove and remount fibreglass antenna without the need to pull or cut the coaxial cable – and though there are now imitations on the market, Pacific Aerials’ constant programme of advancement has seen the Pro Series range maintain its position at the top of the market. Pacific Aerials also offer a custom design and build service for antennas and accessory solutions at short notice and low volumes.
C-Tech have taken carbon fibre technology and made it universal in the sailing world. With a firm focus on performance, the Auckland-based company design and manufacture premium carbon fibre products across a broad range of applications. Their high performance sail battens are much lauded and sought-after, yet C-Tech also put just as much effort into small recreational customers’ requests
Working closely with high performance race teams including America’s Cup and round the world challengers, products are rigorously tested in the most demanding environments. New product developments on show at METS include improvements to the FlexiFurl range of furling composite battens so they can be used in superyacht headsails. These will be on display along with a full range of sail battens and their accessories and C-Tech’s patented inflatable spinnaker retrieval snuffer system. These products will be of interest to superyacht builders, captains and owners looking to improve performance, aesthetics and reliability on their boats. The recent addition of a 15-metre long pressure and temperature controlled autoclave to the C-Tech plant, has allowed much larger projects to be undertaken.
Recent projects have included supplying mainsail and jib battens for all Volvo Ocean Race teams, prepreg carbon winch hooks, battens for the new Tripp 85m ketch 3069 and a large aerospace project.
New Zealand companies will present a united front, supported by the NZ Marine Export Group, as they present their world-leading products and services. Joss Hong, long time proponent of the New Zealand marine industry believes in the importance of New Zealand companies’ close-knit approach.
“New Zealand is renowned for being amongst the best when it comes to innovation in the boating and yachting world. The geographic location and small population size propels our New Zealand export marine companies to work closely together as an industry; and to design and deliver innovative world class products and services.”
“I’m delighted Sealegs International and Glasshape Ltd will be exhibiting at METS for the first time; two New Zealand companies with a strong foundation of innovation and proven international success,”says Hong.
NZ Marine is undergoing a phase of growth in the lobbying activities it’s taking on to sup-port local industry, as well as in the international partnerships it’s forming to assist its members. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the New Zealand Pavilion for Kiwi innovation in the heart of Amsterdam RAI.
New Zealand marine industry companies exhibiting at METS include:
50m expedition yacht ‘yard number 1016′ (ex Big Star) by McMullen and Wing
Clearly continuing McMullen & Wing’s reputation for building some of the world’s most capable luxury yachts, the new 50m ‘yard number 1016′ yacht project is a true ocean adventurer, commissioned by a buyer seeking to explore the world in comfort and security.
The yacht, still identified publically only by its yard number 1016, is a 50m long range displacement motoryacht, featuring naval architecture, exterior styling and interior design by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects, together with McMullen & Wing’s substantial in-house design team.
The new ‘yard number 1016′ superyacht project is a clear evolution of the same team’s much admired 45m charter yacht BIG FISH design. In styling, BIG FISH inspired the yachting world with her combination of classical but muscular proportion, striking architectural lines and extensive full height glazing, wrapped around a light, contemporary, relaxed interior. In her expedition credentials, BIG FISH set new standards of capability: exploring the true extremes of the world’s oceans in comfort, confidence and reliability.
The new ‘yard number 1016′ yacht, which will be delivered in early 2016, combines that ocean capability with a very close relationship to the ocean. The lowered aft cockpit is a protected area for fishing and lounging, closely connected to the expansive aft deck whilst directly in touch with the water’s surface. An extensive fleet of tenders and toys will provide for every activity.
The contemporary interior, also designed by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects, will accommodate up to 12 guests in 5 cabins and will showcase natural materials in a relaxed modern ambience. Light, airy interior spaces flow seamlessly onto extensive decks on all levels. Bulwark balconies allow the floor-to-ceiling glazed doors from the dining space to frame a spectacular vista, whilst also providing the ultimate sunbathing location, suspended over the water. The breathtaking owners’ suite, on the bridge deck aft, opens onto its own private aft deck. A symphony of light and space, the owners’ suite is a haven of calm and relaxation.
Completely custom, and fashioned entirely by McMullen & Wing’s in-house team of craftsmen, the construction of this new yacht is a truly personal creative experience for the owner. A highly international team of professionals from across the globe assemble regularly to brief the owner on progress and contribute to each stage of the decision making process. As the yacht takes shape in the shipyard, the focus moves more and more from paper and computers to physical reality. Along the journey, the owner plans to take advantage of the opportunity of these visits to experience some of the treasures of beautiful New Zealand. On handover, scheduled for early 2016, the yacht will begin her world adventure in the pristine waters of Auckland, then on to the stunning beauty of the South Pacific before heading out to explore the world.