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Yacht Sexy Fish Launched by Tansu

August 12, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Tansu Yachts, the award winning Turkish yacht builder are proud to announce the successful launch of their 39.3m semi displacement superyacht Sexy Fish – previously Cutlass. Motor yacht Sexy Fish is the sixth hull launched of the ‘Mothership’ series that includes award winner yachts such as 36.4m Nomade.

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu - Photo Credit Ercan Koca

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu – Photo Credit Ercan Koca

Some highlights of Sexy Fish include the sharp military style lines of Tansu Design with a combination of Dutch engineering and our recognised build quality. The yacht’s exterior and interior design concept was created by Tansu with Naval Architecture with engineering by Diana Yacht Design.

Sexy Fish prior to her launch by Tansu - Photo Credit Ercan Koca

Sexy Fish prior to her launch by Tansu – Photo Credit Ercan Koca

She is designed for extended cruising and living in great style and comfort. The first sea trials are complete and reports from Tansu are that her performance is beyond expectations.

Earlier this year the yacht was sold to a couple who are passionate about art and design.

Yacht Sexy Fish will be on display at the 26th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Luxury expedition catamaran Open Ocean launched

July 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The largest ever power catamaran ever launched in South Africa, 25m/82ft OPEN OCEAN is stocked full of features both in terms of entertainment and design. Built for transatlantic journeys, OPEN OCEAN brings together exceptional beauty and engineering. The following is a press release from Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and Du Toit Yacht Design.

Press Release

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and Du Toit Yacht Design launch the Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Catamaran

Du Toit Yacht Design has recently launched the Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Catamaran.

Luxury expedition catamaran OPEN OCEAN

Luxury expedition catamaran OPEN OCEAN

This impressive catamaran is expertly built by Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and designed by Du Toit Yacht Design, both of Cape Town, South Africa. The Du Toit Yacht Design team and Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing are renowned as industry leaders and specialists in building custom designed, luxury catamarans with a build quality and attention to detail that is exemplary.

Ultra Vires, the Open Ocean 800 Expedition Catamaran, is the largest of the cats in Two Ocean Marine’s Open Ocean series and the largest power catamaran ever to be launched in South Africa.  Powered by two Cummins 228 kW/305 HP motors, she is robustly build for transatlantic voyages and is capable of motoring long distances economically; independently or towing another 50 foot boat. She is built to cross oceans effortlessly and with speed, and to have a motoring range of around 4,500 nautical miles.

Design on this impressive catamaran took many months, with four designers involved at various stages in drawing up the design for the interiors, lines, structure and mechanical details, in consultation with the owner and builder, Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, at all stages of the project.

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN - Saloon

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN – Saloon

The Open Ocean 800 E was designed as an on-the- water home for a kite boarding and surfing family to chase the perfect kite boarding and surfing conditions. Ultra Vires has ample storage space for kites, kite boards and surf boards.

Ultra Vires is expertly built in a sandwich construction, using epoxy E-glass with a PVC foam core.

She is an elegant yacht with beautiful lines and intricate features. The interiors have been designed for effortless ocean living as the easily accessible spaces are open and free-flowing. Ultra Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing/Du Toit Yacht Design Media Release Vires’ interior is predominantly wood and monochrome. The interior layout, furniture design and finishes were done by Du Toit Yacht Design and the décor and design by designer Hanno de Swardt.

She boasts a spacious saloon and galley, with all the comforts one could ask for on a luxury holiday: air conditioning, sound system, TV and a DVD player in the saloon. In addition there is also plenty of refrigeration and freezer space and appliances such as an ice-maker, microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and a gas oven and hob in the galley area. The galley forms part of the spacious main saloon area which includes a state-of- the-art navigation station.

The atmosphere on the Open Ocean 800E is relaxed; guests can even join in on meal preparation, while enjoying a cold beverage after a day of fishing or playing on the water.

Ultra Vires has two spacious aft cockpits – one upper and one lower – both protected from the sun and the elements. On the lower deck one will find comfortable and stylish, custom-made outdoor furniture and a bar area with a built-in braai and a fridge. The boat is helmed from the main command centre on the upper cockpit on the flybridge and also houses comfortable custom-made outdoor loungers.

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN - Main suite

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN – Main suite

The very practical accommodation is luxurious and comfortable: Ultra Vires has two cabins in each hull, each cabin having its own entry way from the saloon and galley area and en-suite heads with a vanity and shower. The two fore cabins on the boat can be made up as a double bed or as two single beds. Ultra Vires has crew accommodation in each hull for two crew members; each cabin with double bunks, a heads and a shower.

The seemingly endless decks are beautifully finished in teak and around every turn on the elegantly laid out exterior, is another toy. SUPs, a jetski and a smaller RIB/tender can be found on the foredeck, and a large davit which holds a 21’ RIB/tender on the aft deck. This also provides some privacy on the aft cockpit when the boat is moored stern to.

The Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Catamaran is a great success due to close collaboration between the boat builder and designer, working with the owner at every step of the project, in order to create a flawless ocean-going vessel and home. Two Oceans Marine and Du Toit Yacht Design have shown this to be true once again, with Ultra Vires being the perfect example.

The Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Yacht Principle Dimensions:

Metric Imperial

LOA 25.00 m 82.03 ft

LWL 24.03 m 79.74 ft

Beam Overall 11.00 m 36.10 ft

Draft 1.93 m 6.33 ft

Displacement (DWL) 34, 500 kgs 76, 073 ft

Motors (Cummins QSB5.9-305 MCD) 2 x 228 kW 2 X 305 HP

Exciting 33m Sailing Yacht MISSY Launched by Vitters

July 26, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Vitters have sent word that their impressive 33 metre sailing superyacht ‘MISSY’ has now been successfully launched. MISSY has a wonderful swept back glass deck house giving a clean ultra modern twist to the traditional mono hull sailing yacht design. The yacht is also interesting in that it is a collaboration from different specialist yachting companies from around the world. This effective and efficient way of leveraging specialist know how may well be a continuing theme to the future way of doing things as technologies develop and expand.

Sailing Yacht Missy before launch - by Vitters

Sailing Yacht Missy before launch – by Vitters

PR: “Designed by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, this high performance, carbon-fibre, sloop-rigged superyacht, which has been two years in build – the hull constructed by Green Marine (Vitters’ composite subsidiary in Southampton, UK) with outfitting by Vitters Shipyard – was today transported from Vitters to the facility at Harlingen where she will be commissioned, in preparation for sea trials next week.

“…no compromise has been made on comfort or the use of advanced technologies. – Louis Hamming, Vitters Shipyard”

Engineered by Pure Composite in New Zealand, and designed for a client with performance cruising in mind, she has a slim 7.5m beam, a generous sail plan and a lifting keel.

Construction was with foam cored pre-preg, in a female mould. The carbon fibre laminate reduces her internal structure and increases interior volume. Above deck, the carbon-fibre mast is from Southern Spars (with ECsix carbon rigging), and she carries a sail wardrobe from North Sails.

Particular attention was paid to noise and vibration control; lightweight composite panels, with excellent soundproofing and thermal insulating properties, offer a harmonious combination of performance and comfort, as well as adhering to target weight goals.

“Missy has a spacious, comfortable interior in which a lot of attention was devoted to the efficient use of available space on board. The compact engine room is fitted with a great amount of equipment and state of the art technology, while no compromise has been made on comfort or the use of advanced technologies.” – Louis Hamming, Vitters Shipyard

For design enthusiasts, the largely glass canopy provides an open and airy feel to the saloon and is a welcome departure from the typical superstructure/windscreen arrangement more often seen aboard sailing superyachts. The glass superstructure features heat reflective inter layers, helping to keep the saloon cool in warmer climates.

The yacht also benefits from a fully automated bimini and dodger system that, when stowed, sits flush with the low profile superstructure.

“I’ve been in the superyacht business for 30 years, producing designs across a broad expanse of style, but it’s been a particularly exciting experience to design this superyacht for a new client, helping him transition from his knowledge of production boats to a fully-customised superyacht.” – Malcolm McKeon, Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design

Although not the first design to be built by Vitters Shipyard that Malcolm McKeon has been involved with, it is the first from the drawing boards of his own design studio, and offered an exciting opportunity for Vitters to extend their work in high-performance, lightweight construction. The project was managed by Klaus Allebrodt of A2B Consulting.

Every detail has been thoughtfully designed to the smallest element, from supports for the satellite domes to the deck hardware and drinks holders. The cockpit seating arrangement is another interesting aspect for a yacht of this size, allowing guests to rest unhindered, safely nestled in comfort, whilst the yacht is underway, even during sailing manoeuvres.

A 4.1m tender, sailing dinghy and other water sports equipment are housed in the lazarette.

Vitters yacht Missy at launch

Vitters yacht Missy at launch

The interior layout is designed to cater for a family, with a light saloon, cosy TV snug and, unusually, the galley is open-plan to the main saloon. Across split-levels, the space encourages familial interaction more akin to apartment living than a sailing yacht.

The interior styling, by Design Unlimited, is contemporary with the oak joinery finished in light grey, complimented by textured accents that add warmth.

The owner’s suite is forward, with three guest cabins, two forward and one aft – accommodating eight in total, plus a Pullman berth. The yacht has accommodation for four crew in two twin cabins, both en-suite with separate stall showers. The crew mess is generously sized, and the space has an emphasis on crew comfort for extended periods at sea.

Missy’s initial program is to explore the Caribbean before embarking on a worldwide cruise.”

Some Latest Interesting Superyacht Launches This Year.

July 19, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

This year has been a bumper year for interesting new yacht launches. Yacht design has evolved significantly of late and the result is now being seen on the water with some amazing yachts to be launches this year. Here are the actual launches so far.

Yacht launches…perhaps one of the most exciting events when you are lucky to be one of the first to see these huge new superyachts unveiled. The blood, sweat and tears that go in to producing these beasts is nothing short of incredible and nothing can replace the awe of seeing one of these beauties for the first time. Here we talk about the launches upon us and in the near future. There are yachts who cruise the Antarctic and yachts that dock near the Galapagos. Check when these launches take place and what the yacht has in store for charter.

Echo Yachts Trimaran

Echo Yachts Trimaran

1. Trimaran 84 metres, Echo Yachts
The largest superyacht in Australia is being built by Echo Yachts for an experienced owner and is due in 2017. It’s 46 metre support vessel is due in the first quarter of this year. The exterior will be built by yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni and the 84-metre aluminium multi-hull yacht The yard is building an 84 metre Trimaran superyacht, due in 2017, and a 46m catamaran support vessel.



2. Project 370, 116 metres, Kleven
This expedition superyacht Kleven is a partner for the same owners’ other expedition yacht, the Ulysses. They have a range of big toys and equipment for long and rough expeditions with luxury built throughout the interior. Built as a sistership to 107-metre Ulysses for the same owner, these two expedition superyachts are heavy-duty explorers, with a huge range of equipment and toys. She is being launched March 2016.



3. Sybaris, 70 metres, Perini Navi
The Sybaris yacht is the second biggest sailing yacht designed and built by Perini Navi. With an interior by PH Design Studio in Miami, the Sybaris has advanced technology for performance and also for the guests to enjoy on their charter. The engineering on board is also designed to be economic and cut carbon emissions. There is a 30 metre guest area on the main deck and an 18 metre fly-bridge so there is no escaping relaxing outside and sunbathing all day. She was launched at the end of 2015 so she is onj the seas and ready for charter.



4. D4, 36.6 metres, Dynamiq
Launching this Summer, this Dynamiq Gran Turismo yacht can travel a wide range on just one tank of fuel. So if you want to get to Miami to the Galapagos on one tank of fuel or Monaco to St Tropez reached in just over two hours this is the lady for you at a cruising speed of 20 knots. She is currently being built in the NCA shipyard in Carrara, Italy.



5. CRN 74, 74 metres, CRN
Italian studio Zucco International Project architects and Feretti shipyards have joined forces to build the CRN 74 to be shown at the Cannes Yachting Festival for 2016. The interior will be designed by Andrew Winch and is using an innovative way of expanding space and helping the exterior designer Zuccon increase the outside area of the vessel used by an owner and their guests.



6. Project Freefall, 74 metre, Amels
This Tim Heywood designed superyacht has just been announced as being launched this Spring by Amels and will be launched as the largest yacht by Moran Yacht & Ship in a decade. The yacht features a huge a dedicated owner’s deck, full-beam spa on the lower deck and an aft deck pool. Andrew Winch will be the interior designer and will furnish two VIP cabins on the main deck of which each will sport a guest suite, dressing room and an office.



7. Illusion, 88.8 metres, Pride Mega Yachts
Being sold as the largest yacht ever built in China it will be wonderful to see this 88.8 metre Mega Yacht come to fruition. The Illusion’s naval architecture is by Azure and the exterior styling is by Rainsford Saunders who has designed the swimming pool, a gym, cinema and spa. The exclusive interior yacht designers, Sinot, will be responsible for furnishing this lady and always come up with extraordinarily beautiful, clean styling. The Illusion was sold last year and is on its way for delivery to its new owner.

Project Cecelia

Project Cecelia

8. Project Cecilia, 50 metre, Wider Yachts
Project Cecelia was dreamt up by designer Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with Wider’s founder and CEO Tilli Antonelli and the in-house design team and the instructions form the new owner were to “enhance the owner’s contact with the sea”. The Wider 165 will have a ‘Wider beach,’ a spacious swim-and-sunbathing deck with indoor swimming pool, submersible tender bay and a touch-and-go helipad. She was being moved to be fitted out in November 2015 and was unveiled at this year’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show and will officially launch soon.

Benetti Mediterraneo

Benetti Mediterraneo

9. Benetti Mediterraneo 116, 35.5 metres, Benetti Yachts
The Benetti Mediterraneo is the first yacht in Benetti’s new range and is a huge undertaking. She accommodates 10 guests and 7 crew in the outside space that have really been the main focus of this yacht. The open area on the foredeck has a hot tub, sundeck with a bar and outside dining. There is a 6-metre-wide cockpit for the captain to enjoy as well. The build has been announced as being launched this year so watch this space.



10. Lion Spirit, 57 metres, Sunrise Yachts
Previously called Lionwind when first built in 1993, this 57 metre new refit is underway at Sunrise Yachts in Antalya in Turkey. She will be due for delivery in March 2016 and the exterior designer Espen Oeino has been brought in to work his décor magic. The Lion Spirit is a steel and aluminium yacht which they have lengthened so that the owner and his family can enjoy a suite on the sundeck and the sliding glass panels that open to the accommodation areas. There is a nicknamed “crazy room” that has been filled with crazy colours and shapes by interior designer Reymond Langdon, who has also helped install the photographic studio and extensive dive shop for the owner of Lion Spirit, who is a highly skilled scuba diver. Look out for the Lion Spirit and when you can charter her from March.

Motor yacht Gipsy launched by Otam

July 12, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Yacht building company Otam has launched 35m motor yacht GIPSY, a hull based on based on the OTAM SD35 range. Offering buyers the ability to customise the OTAM SD35 layout and appearance inside and, to an extent, the exterior also, the yacht combines versatility with space and style that reflects the owner’s personality. The following is a Press Release for Otam.

Press Release

New Otam Custom Range: 35m M/Y Gipsy Launched

The new OTAM SD35 offers a unique amount of living space onboard. Her aluminum construction allows the yard, in close collaboration with the client, to create a unique version that reflects personal taste both in interior layouts and exterior lines, both of which have been assigned to Tommaso Spadolini, the famous international yacht design office.

Motor yacht GIPSY launched by Otam

Motor yacht GIPSY launched by Otam

In addition the SD35 has a displacement of 295 GT, at the maximum limit of the category, offering superior volumes for the 300 GT category.

The interiors, again unique and full-custom built like a bespoke suit, are another OTAM strength since ever. And with her 295 GRT displacement, therefore under 300 GRT “limit”, the yacht offers remarkable larger volumes than any other competitor in her category.

With OTAM’s hull number one in the Custom Range – m/y “GIPSY” – the client was very adamant that the layout would totally reflect his personal approach to life at sea.

The main deck is completely dedicated to her guest’s daily activities, and their leisure or business/corporate entertainment. The large spaces available include a nearly 40 square meter main salon with movie theater and a full beam dining area forward. The main deck also hosts the service areas, with a fully furnished galley and a 25 square meter pantry with separate access for the crew guaranteeing the best quality of life for the owner and his guests.

Motor yacht GIPSY

Motor yacht GIPSY

The four VIP cabins with twin and double beds and relative en-suites baths are on the lower deck, in an area connected by a hallway to the crew’s quarters. Here too crew access is carefully located without infringing on guest privacy in order to guarantee highest standard of service on board and the slightest interaction with members of crew. Crew quarter is equipped with 4 cabins and washrooms, the laundry and storerooms.

The full owner’s upper deck, offering exclusive views and complete privacy, was expressly requested by the client, re-launching a popular concept among experienced owners who desire exclusivity and a more intimate relation with the sea.

The layout also includes day-heads on each deck. Guests therefore don’t have to return to their cabins, and the owner can host a considerable number of guests respecting complete privacy for both him and his family’s cabins and living areas.

In regards to performance, the new OTAM SD35, exploiting the yard’s engineering capabilities enhanced by the successful experience designing and building the Millennium Line, together with their long standing partner Naval Architect Umberto Tagliavini, has designed a very efficient semi-displacement hull that will give the OTAM SD35 a top speed of 20 knots and a considerable range of over 2,000 nautical miles at 11 knots.

In designing the OTAM Custom Range special attention was paid to limiting her draft. The hull below the waterline features semi-tunnels that make the SD35 a very versatile yacht, perfect for a comfortable cruise in international waters like U.S. and the Caribbean, where a limited draft becomes a key factor to consider.

AMELS is on the up and up – launch of massive 83-metre yacht HERE COMES THE SUN

July 09, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

The Dutch yacht builder Amels are definitely moving ahead with their biggest boat ever.

They have sent word that on the 30th of June 85m motor yacht ‘HERE COMES THE SUN’ was launched; the largest AMELS superyacht so far.

P/R: On 30 June the largest AMELS superyacht to date emerged at the Dutch luxury yacht builder’s yard in Vlissingen. The 83-metre HERE COMES THE SUN (272 ft) is the flagship of the AMELS Limited Editions range and perfectly on schedule for delivery by the end of the year.



“I knew she would be stunning,” comments the Owners’ representative and project manager Yavor Nenov after the yacht emerged from the huge 215-metre long AMELS Drydock 2. “She’s very impressive and I think she’s a credit to the yard and all the hundreds of craftsmen working on her.”


The first AMELS 272 has an exterior by Tim Heywood and interior by Winch Design. The graceful, feminine profile and long deck spaces disguise a large volume for her length with a Gross Tonnage of 2,827 over six decks.

Yacht “HERE COMES THE SUN is a wonderful example of Owners stepping up to larger yachts within the AMELS Limited Editions range,” says Rob Luijendijk, AMELS Managing Director. “Our approach gives Owners a great head start as well as the flexibility for customisation at the highest level. It also proves our large yacht building expertise – absolute top quality and smooth production.”

Amels yacht HERE COMES THE SUN at her Launch

Amels yacht HERE COMES THE SUN at her Launch

You can charter a selection of private Amels luxury yachts in a range of locations through CharterWorld, the specialist luxury charter company which offers expert & impartial advice and the best price boats.

Christensen shipyard launches 50m Chasseur

June 29, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

After launching 50m superyacht SILVER LINING less than a week ago, Christensen has launched a second luxury yacht from its shipyard: 50m CHASSEUR. This feat was accomplished using a unique in-house built pulley system. A 130,000 pound steel cradle was turned into ‘a safe and reliable mini-dry dock launcher’ to overcome the issue of low water at launch. The Christensen shipyard has risen to the challenges presented to the luxury yacht market in recent years to come back stronger than ever.

50m Motor yacht CHASSEUR

50m Motor yacht CHASSEUR

Motor yacht CHASSEUR (right) beside sister yacht SILVER LINING launched less than a week earlier from the same shipyard.

Motor yacht CHASSEUR (right) beside sister yacht SILVER LINING, launched less than a week earlier from the same shipyard.

CHASSEUR will be available for charter in the Caribbean this winter season. Contact CharterWorld for more details and pricing.

New 50m superyacht Euphoria launched

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Turkish builder Mayra yachts has launched 50m/164ft luxury yacht EUPHORIA. Created by renowned Ken Freivokh Design, EUPHORIA is a four deck superyacht that proudly uses state of the art glass technology to create panoramic views on multiple decks. Able to withstand severe weather, the glazed bulwarks further open up the vessel to the seascape.  Her layout is designed to accommodate up to 10 guests and 10 crew i modern comfort.

Luxury yacht EUPHORIA - Mayra yachts

Luxury yacht EUPHORIA – Mayra yachts

P/R: Christensen Shipyards launches 50m superyacht Silver Lining

June 23, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

On the morning of the summer solstice, Christensen Shipyards launched 50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING into the waters of Vancouver. SILVER LINING is the first of two yachts from the shipyard that will be available for viewing at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Her sister, CHASSEUR, will be completed later this week. The following is a press release from Christensen Shipyards.

Press Release

Christensen Shipyards’ SILVER LINING launches on the Summer Solstice

22 June 2016, Vancouver, WA: Right at dawn on the Summer Solstice (20 June 2016), Christensen Shipyards launched 50M Silver Lining,the first of two yachts that will be on display at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING. Photo © Stephen Cridland

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING. Photo © Stephen Cridland

The launch was accomplished using a unique cradle-and-launcher system designed to give the shipyard a safer and more flexible way of getting its yachts into the Columbia River. Christensen manufactured a 140,000-pound steel cradle to which two large FRP flotation boxes are attached. The boxes provide additional lift in low-water conditions and keep the yacht perfectly stable throughout the launch process.

Once the yacht and cradle are floating, the air in the launchers are replaced by water, as in a drydock, and the yacht is able to safely float free on her own. “We named it the Luken Launcher,” says Jim Gilbert, president, after the company’s chairman Henry Luken who conceived of the system.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING with launch crew.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING with launch crew.

Christensen’s Silver Lining is a 50M high-volume ABS yacht completed for a previous Christensen owner. Her sister, Chasseur, a 50M ABS and MCA-compliant yacht will be launched using the same system later this week, a testament to the resiliency of the 120-employee-strong shipyard and the efficiency of the new system. Like her sister ship, Chasseur will also be handed over in July, likewise to a repeat Christensen owner.

Two additional 50M yachts are under construction at the shipyard and available for delivery in 24 months or less.

50m superyacht Ipanema launched by Mondomarine

June 22, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Mondomarine has recently launched the Savona shipyard’s 64th project: 50m luxury yacht IPANEMA, designed by Hot Lab in Milan. Her intense and contemporary hull colour was chosen by her owner and coupled with her angular shape and sleek curves, IPANEMA will find herself in the spotlight at any marina.

IPANEMA launched in June 2016

IPANEMA launched in June 2016

Built entirely from aluminium, IPANEMA is designed three decks and a semi-displacement hull with ample deck room for a bar, sunpads, an alfresco dining area and a Jacuzzi. Floor-to-ceiling windows run almost the entire length of the main deck.

IPANEMA can cruise at a speed of 16-17 knots and achieve a maximum speed of 20 knots using her twin MTU 12V 4000 M90 marine diesel engines. Accommodation is set up for 12 guests in 5 rooms: 1 master suite and 4 cabins. Once she has completed her sea trials, IPANEMA will be delivered to her owner with an expected arrival date of late July.