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88m Feadship: the latest superyacht to switch to Seahub

March 13, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Hunter Oceanic is excited to announce the recent completion of a fully supported deployment of Seahub onboard an 88m Feadship in Miami, Florida. The deployment involved a complete migration of 6 years’ worth of data from an existing system to the newly released Seahub platform.  

Installing Seahub on 88m Feadship Superyacht - Image © Hunter Oceanic

Installing Seahub on 88m Feadship Superyacht – Image © Hunter Oceanic

Seahub was compared against other major providers in the market and the decision was made to go with the Australian product based on its ease of use and comprehensive support network. “We compared a number of products available on the market, but we were looking for a more highly supported platform,” says the Captain.

The data migration and account set up process was outsourced to the Seahub installation team. Technical Director, Matt Hyde spent three weeks onboard working closely with the engineering department to deliver a concise and comprehensive deployment and training package. “The migration involved 350 components, 1000 maintenance schedules, 2500 documents and over 3000 inventory Items,” says Hyde.

Hyde worked very closely with the Chief Engineer onboard, who has been using the original system for almost 6 years now. “When implementing a new planned maintenance system one of the most worrying things is the transfer of all previous information. Matt and his team made sure that the transition toSeahub was seamless” says the Chief Engineer.

Maintenance UI - Image © Hunter Oceanic

Maintenance UI – Image © Hunter Oceanic

During the deployment, direct feedback from the engineering team was welcomed and discussed amongst the Seahub team. Where fit, suggestions were implemented and this process is still continuing today. “Whilst bringing the system online they were open to our suggestions and I almost feel like we have a system that is tailor made to our needs,” says the Chief Engineer.

Extensive hands-on training was provided to all members of the engineering team and continued each day throughout the three-week site visit. “The training and support were very clear and concise. Matt was very knowledgeable about the system and was able to give the engineering team onboard a good understanding of the inner working of the system as well as helping us getting to grips with the practicality of everyday use. This hasn’t stopped since the system was handed over, the Seahub support team are available 24/7 for any advice and assistance that is required” says the Chief Engineer.

The immediate benefits of the platform were observed first hand by the installation team. “The previous system was only available on one computer, now all 4 engineers can log onto Seahub at the same time and work independently using the new planned maintenance system. I’m even seeing an iPad used now in the bilge managing stock control”.

This Feadship is just the latest vessel making the switch to the highly intuitive and easy to use platform for managing their day-to-day maintenance and inventories. The team at Hunter Oceanic strive to evolve Seahub to meet the industry needs and will continue this for years to come.

Facilities expand to meet demand in Dutch superyacht market

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

25 luxury yacht deliveries are expected from Dutch yacht builders in 2016. In 2015, Dutch shipyards launched 22 superyachts – six more than the year before – and totalling a worth of €1.18 billion. On top of the 22 launches in 2015, members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group also received 24 new superyacht orders, which was an increase of more than a quarter compared to 2014.

Feadship - New Amsterdam facility location

Feadship – New Amsterdam facility location

The recent increase in demand for superyachts has created an atmosphere for expansion in the Netherlands. Feadship has recently announced it will open a fourth manufacturing and refit facility in Amsterdam, and fellow members of HISWA Holland Yachting Group are finding creative solutions to the escalation in orders and deliveries.

“There are a number of key reasons why the superyacht industry in the Netherlands has come through the global downturn in rude health,” Jeroen Sirag, export director for the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, comments. “One critical factor has been a longstanding commitment to investing in the future during both good times and lean, with Dutch yards keen to ensure they retain their globally recognised lead in quality and innovation. The same applies to the Dutch equipment suppliers who consistently seek new ways to ensure their first-class products and technologies adorn the finest superyacht builds both in the Netherlands and further afield.”

Heesen Yachts has expanded to meet growing demand from clients for larger superyachts by constructing a new 85 metre dry dock in Oss. The facility is expected to be operational by October this year. The sailing yacht sector has also seen expansion: Royal Huisman and Holland Jachtbouw have both increased their build hall capacity.

Heesen Yachts - GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Heesen Yachts – GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Dutch marine equipment supply companies are also making significant changes. Hydromar Marine Equipment moved to a new production facility during 2015 to strengthen its relationship with Cramm Yachting Systems as they continue to make and market superyacht hydraulics. Van Berge Henegouwen has not only moved into Amsterdam offices which include a professional workshop and testing facilities, they have also opened a new office in Antibes, France to be ‘closer to the yachts and… improve support and service for our customers’.

Van Berge Henegouwen isn’t the only company expanding abroad as Huisman Maritiem, Heinen & Hopman add offices and facilities across the Mediterranean and De Keizer opens its seventh location in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“All these new initiatives and investments showcase how the members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group are looking to continue offering the best possible services to their clients,” concludes Sirag. “Equally important, of course, is the industry-leading experience and skills of the workforce at the various yards and supply companies. This remains the backbone of the Dutch superyacht cluster and the number one reason why Holland continues to rule the waves.”

P/R: Winners announced for Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards

June 26, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

As electric and hybrid technology has become more efficient, a greater number of luxury yacht builders are implementing such systems in their builds. 84m/274ft SAVANNAH from Feadship in 2015 was the first luxury motor yacht to incorporate hybrid technology: the first hybrid sailing yacht was Royal Huisman’s ETHEREAL in 2008. To celebrate the innovation and achievement in this area, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards acknowledge the very best marine technology from the world over. The following is a press release from UKIP Media & Events.

Press Release

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards winners announced

  • Awards ceremony returns for a third consecutive year, honouring the world’s finest engineers, innovations and products in the electric and hybrid marine arena
  • Wärtsilä ends ABB’s two-year dominance as Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, while Corvus Energy scoops two on the bounce for Supplier of the Year
  • Awards presented live at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, Amsterdam RAI, Thursday 23 June

The winners of the third annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced yesterday (23 June) at a ceremony hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Launched in 2014, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards champion the best in technology and innovation in the electric and hybrid marine sector, and are supported by associated publication Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International.

The five winners of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards


An international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics from 20 countries decided the winners in each of the five categories: Supplier of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Chief Engineer of the Year, Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year and Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year.

Beating off fierce competition from Feadship, Damen, Østensjø Rederi and the US Navy, Caledonian Maritime Assets won the coveted Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award for a second time in three years, for its MV Catriona hybrid ro-ro passenger and vehicle ferry. Launched in December 2015, the US$17.7m diesel-electric vessel is able to carry 150 passengers and 23 cars, and performs 10 return crossings a day.

Two Saft Seanergy systems are at the heart of its diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system, providing a total of 800kWh of energy storage that powers the vessel in battery mode only and in hybrid mode in combination with a diesel generator. As a result, MV Catriona saves up to 30% in fuel compensation and CO2emissions, using just 500-600 litres of fuel a day instead of 700-800 litres of fuel as used by conventional diesel-electric propulsion systems.

In the Innovation of the Year category, Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution clinched victory, with the judges impressed by its spinning cylinders that allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing enough power to maintain speed and voyage time. It beat off fierce competition in the form of ABB’s Dynamic AC Electric power system, Akasol’s AKARack scalable lithium-ion energy storage solution, the Cell-Cool and Thermal-Stop energy management system by PBES, the Aziprop electric pod motor by Fischer Panda and the variable-speed genset by Hybrid Power Systems.

In the Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year category, Wärtsilä ended ABB’s two-year dominance by clinching the award for its sublime year, which saw a tie-up with Cavotec to jointly develop the world’s first combined induction charging and automotive mooring concept, the creation of a concept for a series of zero- and low-emissions hybrid shuttle ferries; and the supply of a complete electrical propulsion system to the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation cruise vessels. The category also saw nominations for ABB, Visedo Marine, Torqeedo, GE Power Conversion, Transfluid and Fischer Panda.

The Chief Engineer of the Year award went to Pieter Dijkstra, managing director of Visedo Marine, for spearheading the development, delivery and installation of the full drivetrain solution for the E-ferry project. The E-ferry has the largest battery capacity of any ferry in the world, and will be placed in service in June 2017 to transport vehicles and passengers between Ærø island and Denmark’s mainland. Dijkstra also oversaw the supply installation of the complete LNG-electric propulsion drivetrain for the Damen Eco-Liner inland vessel. The judges also noted that Dijkstra played a key role in the company’s acquisition of Dutch integrator and powertrain manufacturer Electric Power Conversion in January 2016.

In the final category, the Supplier of the Year title went to Corvus Energy for the second consecutive year. In 2015, the Canadian energy storage system supplier enjoyed another prosperous year, which saw it integrate a 195kWH Corvus Energy Storage System (ESS) into a propulsion system powering the world’s first electric commercial fishing vessel. 2015 also saw the company announce its latest ESS platform, Orca, and it provided ESSs for an additional nine retrofit hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering. The company also fostered the development of an advanced lithium-ion battery technology. To date, Corvus technology powers more than 50 commercial hybrid and electric maritime installations. This category also included nominations for Eco Marine Power, Stadt, Echandia Marine and Aradex.

John Thornton, editor of Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and co-chairman of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, said, “It’s been another exceptional year for electric and hybrid marine technology, which has been echoed by the strength of this year’s nominees. It was certainly no easy task for the jury panel, and we’d like to congratulate all the winners and nominees for the quantity and quality of pioneering innovation produced over the past year.”

NEW Wider 150 M/Y GENESI fitted with TEAM Italia I-Bridge®

January 12, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Wider Yachts has chosen TEAM Italia I-Bridge® for the all-new Wider 150 M/Y GENESI. Thanks to this innovative navigation system, the wheelhouse of this striking, brand new vessel is unique in terms of design and integration.

W150 GENESI - Wheelhouse

W150 GENESI – Wheelhouse

The consolle enables users to choose from a variety of settings depending on the navigation context in which they find themselves, thanks to the use of mechatronic technologies which have been specially studied and designed for this superyacht.

WIDER 150 GENESI at launch

WIDER 150 GENESI at launch

Besides contextualisation of the navigation equipment for the various possible scenarios, such as deepsea/bluewater, mooring, docking, etc., the configuration also provides for variations in the ergonomic settings of the entire dashboard. User friendliness and integration are made possible through TEAM Italia’s MULTICONTROL System, and the bridge was built at the TEAM Italia DEVELOPMENT CENTRE.

54m Luxury Yacht BURKUT receives upgraded Veritais Audio Visual Equipment

August 10, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The impressive 54-metre motor yacht BURKUT has recently received a new audiovisual upgrade carried out by the leading supplier and consultancy of audio-visual equipment for super yachts – Veritais. Veritais surveyed the previous systems aboard BURKUT yacht and created detailed recommendations before continuing with the upgrade of all systems.

Motor Yacht BURKUT

Motor Yacht BURKUT

As a result, superyacht Burkut has an up to date audio visual and remote control system which uses the very latest technology and is extremely easy and convenient to operate from anywhere on board. Wi-Fi function was also optimised.

Burkut superyacht, previously known as Baraka, is a stunning 54m motor yacht, custom constructed by the Italian shipyard Baglietto, designed by Francesco Paszkowski and launched in 2009.

Replacements and upgrades by Veritais have included fitted iPod and iPad docks in the gym, main saloon and sky lounge, along with Apple TV with Optical Audio converter in all three areas, as well as upgrades to the main Creston System, which gives full access and control to the onboard systems.

Additionally, the Owner suite has received a full check of the Crestron system and all lower guest staterooms have been fitted with new processors and cabling to improve functionality. Each guest cabin has received a new remote control handset with dock. As in the rest of the yacht the handsets control remote functions to TV and audio.

All the yacht’s audio visual functions have been fully integrated using two VLAN network connections to allow the AV to be operated much more simply, and the wifi to be fully efficient and optimised.

A central laptop controls remote access to the Creston and LAN management which will be controlled by the ship’s engineer.

Veritais is a UK-based company, with the company’s engineering teams operating on a all across the globe. The Burkut yacht upgrade has taken place pre-season in Genoa.

“As with many of our projects, it was not just a case of providing equipment,” comments David Milner of Veritais. “Burkut’s original system needed extensive review and diagnosis to consider what improvements and replacements were needed. Following on from that we designed a new package of solutions and considered the best products for easy and reliable functionality.”

Amazing number of 35m+ Superyachts to be fitted with unique I-Bridge® technology by TEAM Italia in 2015

June 09, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

TEAM Italia, the well known Italian company specializing in the marine electronics sector for mega and maxi yachts, is proud to announce that an amazing number of 22 superyachts measuring over 35 meters in length will be fitted with their unique I-Bridge® technology. This has been developed by the company’s highly experienced in-house R&D department.

Unique I-Bridge® technology by TEAM Italia

Unique I-Bridge® technology by TEAM Italia

TEAM Italia 2015’s significant projects include:

TEAM Italia is once again ready to astonish the superyacht industry with its highly innovative technologies.

Partnership of Simrad Yachting and Chris-Craft

October 29, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Simrad Yachting, the company specializing in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, has announced its new relationship with Chris-Craft. Under the terms of the agreement, dual Simrad NSO evo2 multi-touch, glass bridge navigation systems will be offered on the Catalina 34 yacht tender model of Chris-Craft center console powerboats.

Catalina 34 superyacht tender by Chris-Craft

Catalina 34 superyacht tender by Chris-Craft

A revolutionary new design for Chris-Craft, the sleek Catalina 34 superyacht tender is the largest of the Catalina center console line and will incorporate the latest technology while maintaining the builder’s signature style. Powered by triple Mercury® Verado® outboard engines, the boat will include digital switching and Mercury VesselView® integration that delivers over 30 engine parameters, as well as view and control of features such as Smart Tow®, eco control and cruise control. As a result of joint efforts between several companies involved in the project, the flat-mount dash of the new Catalina 34 will employ 16-inch, multi-touch Simrad NSO evo2 displays at the helm station to control all systems. The vessel will also include Simrad GoFreeTM wireless connectivity, SonarHubTM sonar, satellite weather and the RS35 VHF with HS35 remote handheld.

The Simrad NSO evo2 brings together the quintessential elements of today’s premier marine electronics – high-power processing for lightning fast charting, sonar, radar and entertainment; stunning dual widescreen displays; a masterfully designed user interface for intuitive multi-touch control; and limitless compatibility for unrivaled integration. Setting a new standard in electronic navigation, the NSO evo2 delivers big-boat glass bridge style to mid-sized powerboats. The system features dual processors and video output that can drive the two screens completely independently. It effectively gives boaters two multifunction displays (MFDs) for the price of one.

“With a seamless fully integrated navigation system in line with triple Verado 300 HP engines, boat owners now have more confidence and reliability when long-range cruising — whether in the Abaco’s or the Northeast to Martha’s Vineyard or Block Island,” said Jeff Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing, Chris-Craft. “The Catalina 34, equipped with Simrad’s fully integrated system, puts you at the forefront of marine technology.”

“Chris-Craft has long been renowned for its refinement and distinctive style,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “The Catalina 34 is the most revolutionary Chris-Craft center console, perfectly merging a timeless elegance with the latest cutting-edge technology. We are thrilled to have the NSO evo2 selected to be the navigation package of choice for its newest vessel, and we are confident that new owners will enjoy the way our displays complement the lines and overall function of the Catalina’s helm.”

Chris-Craft will hold a press conference revealing the Catalina 34 luxury yacht tender at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Bahia Mar Marina, GH Dock 12-16.

Ultimate superyacht cinema experience on offer at Van Berge Henegouwen (VBH)

April 08, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Van Berge Henegouwen (VBH), the world-renowned Dutch company specializing in luxury technology and IT systems for superyachts, is working with two of the most revolutionary companies in the audio/video industry to offer unprecedented on-board cinema systems that will set a whole new standard in audio reproduction and immersive sound. Since 2000, VBH has equipped more than 120 yachts with state-of-the-art technology, to name but a few: the 75m Oceanco charter yacht ANASTASIA, the 47m Heesen charter yacht 4YOU, as well as the 46m Holland Jachtbouw charter yacht WINDROSE.

The new VBH ultra-high resolution 4K displays for superyachts of up to 77-inches (195 cm) in size

The new VBH ultra-high resolution 4K displays for superyachts of up to 77-inches (195 cm) in size

This is well timed, matching as it does the rolling-out this year of new, ultra-high resolution 4K displays up to 77-inches (195 cm) in size. While the products that make up the VBH cinema systems are highly effective independently of each other, together they make an extraordinary combination that will excite every superyacht owner who seeks audio-visual entertainment that outstrips even that found in most cinemas in its sheer quality and realism.

VBH is bringing to the superyacht sector the excitement of Auro-3D®, the latest advance in delivering true three-dimensional sound. Surround sound systems have been around for many years, but the developers at Belgium-based Auro Technologies have combined new digital recording techniques with innovations that deliver a substantially more realistic and immersive experience Listeners will enjoy a much greater soundstage, depth of sound, accuracy, and a significantly larger listening area. From rock concerts, to symphonies, to movies, to video games, enthusiasts of all ages are immersed in the action. With a number of studios now recording sound in the Auro-3D® format there is a growing selection of movies available that take full advantage of the advances made, but even content recorded in conventional formats is taken to a whole new level when reproduced through the Auro-3D® engine.

Auro Head Graphic 2D

Auro Head Graphic 2D

The installation required to enjoy Auro-3D® involves the fitting of speakers at three levels – lower (ear level), height (near the ceiling – 30° above ear-level), and top (in the ceiling) – for a complete wrap-around experience. Here VBH is working with California Audio Technology (CAT), maker of the some of the world’s most innovative and interesting speakers, to offer speakers that not only offer sound of the highest quality but which can be made to match any possible interior design requirements.

CAT speakers are all custom-made and can be built to any shape or size, and in any colour or material. This allows a yacht’s interior design team to specify down to the last detail their appearance and materials while CAT ensures that the audio requirements of the owner are met in full. The enclosures (exterior casings) can be made in almost any material – marble, granite, composites, metals, woods, even concrete have all been used.

CAT MBX Trinity Marine

CAT MBX Trinity Marine

The result is speakers designed and manufactured to fit into any space and which can even be asymmetric to direct sound more precisely. The core components are all made from metal, allowing them to reach very high power levels. The use of titanium and aluminium, as well as carbon fibre in certain areas, delivers increased strength, heat dissipation, accuracy, and power handling, while greatly reducing weight.

For superyacht interiors this allows the speakers to blend in seamlessly with the interior décor using identical materials specified by the interior design team, or to disappear inside walls, ceilings, the hull or even furniture.

“By bringing together CAT speakers and Auro-3D® technology, VBH can integrate, install and on-site calibrate an audio / video experience that is simply unprecedented without the need to compromise on the elegance and style of the yacht,” said Susanne Mensink of VBH. “We continually evaluate and implement the latest technologies that are available to enhance the pleasure and comfort of yacht owners and their guests. This combination represents the pinnacle of sonic realism in an audio / video environment.”

NSSLGlobal’s Cruise-IP Coverage Expands to South Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions

October 18, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

NSSLGlobal Ltd, the independent service provider of satellite communications, has reported the further growth of their VSAT Ku-Band network, which now incorporates an additional two satellite beams covering the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean region.

NSSLGlobals Cruise-IP Coverage Keeps Extending

NSSLGlobals Cruise-IP Coverage Keeps Extending

These two beams were active as of the 15th October, combining with the current VSAT coverage offered by NSSLGlobal, creating the world’s most comprehensive VSAT Ku-Band network in the industry.

Current and new customers on commercial vessels and Super Yachts will benefit from the additional beams which come via Intelsat’s Rugby based Earth Station.

The first beam utilises Intelsats IS21 satellite and is primarily aimed at the commercial maritime sector. The satellite is positioned 58 degrees West, with a large proportion of the beam covering the South Atlantic; south of South Africa across to Buenos Aires. This beam compliments the NSSLGlobal TL11 North Atlantic beam that is already part of the global coverage offered by the company.

The second beam, MID-IOR, covers the Maldives and Seychelles area with the primary customer base stemming from the Super Yacht community.

Sally-Anne Ray, Managing Director of NSSLGlobal, said: “With the most extensive coverage offered in the industry these new beams are another indication of NSSLGlobal’s commitment in providing a premium satellite communications service to our customers.”

Piet Brouwer to attend MYS 2013 to discuss its latest superyacht projects

August 29, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, a worldwide specialist in turnkey electrotechnical yacht systems for sail and motoryachts, will be attending the 23rd edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, discussing its latest superyacht projects in the Holland Pavilion (stand number QD61). This year’s Holland Pavilion is based on a completely new stand concept with a fresh and modern look. The event will take place in Port Hercules, running from September 25 to 28.

Monaco Yacht Show

Monaco Yacht Show

Piet Brouwer invites you to visit their stand so they can share the latest news on their activities and services. You’ll also be able to see which superyachts the company has recently delivered electrotechnical systems to and which projects they are currently working on.

Head office of Piet Brouwer electrotechnology on the former island of Urk, The Netherlands

Head office of Piet Brouwer electrotechnology on the former island of Urk, The Netherlands

In addition to electric systems onboard newly built yachts, Piet Brouwer also carries out refit and maintenance activities on existing electrical systems. Recent examples include the refit of the 43-metre sailing yacht Espiritu del Xarey in Newport (USA), and a refit on the 37-metre sailing yacht Ghost in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Superyacht Espiritu del Xarey - Image courtesy of Piet Brouwer

Superyacht Espiritu del Xarey - Image courtesy of Piet Brouwer