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Growth of marine industry in Middle East

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

As the marine industry moves into another stage of growth in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter location, Wayne Shepherd, General Manager of the Dubai-based Mourjan Marinas, has invited owners to take a “pragmatic and phased approach” to luxury yacht marina development.

Almouj Marina Muscat Oman

Almouj Marina in Muscat Oman - a beautiful Middle East yacht vacation destination

“In recent years, we’ve observed an increased interest in waterfront developments across the Middle East, which is encouraging for the continuing growth of the marine industry as a whole,” said Shepherd.

“With a number of new marina projects currently underway in the region, we envisage this trend to continue.

“However, we see developers and marina owners moving into a more pragmatic approach in developing marinas through a phased approach to meet the market requirements.”

Mourjan Marinas’ current marina management portfolio spans across the GCC, including three marina facilities totalling approximately 380 berths and 1,321,063 square feet.

Wayne Shepherd - General Manager of Mourjan Marinas

Wayne Shepherd - General Manager of Mourjan Marinas

According to research conducted by Mourjan Marinas across 23 marinas, covering 4,289 berths in the UAE, Qatar and Oman, berthing rates have increased on average between three and five per cent in recent years.

A 10 metre berth is currently rated at approximately US$ 5,100, whilst 15 metre berths are rated at approximately US$ 10,500.

However, the research has found that Oman’s berthing rates are between five and 10 per cent lower than average – a reflection of the lower cost of living enjoyed by Omanis and residents.

Shepherd highlights the importance for developers to involve the services of a marina management company from the outset.

“Marinas are a gateway between land and waterways, so access to and from both areas should be a big consideration in any waterfront development,” he said.

“Engaging marina consultancy and management companies in the pre-evaluation phase allows us to consider the integration of a marina development with adjacent facilities, as well as long-term sustainability.

“Regional experience is key and developers should seek a marina management company with a highly skilled team, as well as extensive experience in the development and operations of a marina facility.”

Wayne’s performance indicator check-list for developers considering a marina consultancy and management company:

•             Broad skill-sets, depth of knowledge and track record of a company across: pre-evaluation, design and project management, through to operations and marketing

•             Experience within the region

•             Ability to think differently and introduce a pro-active approach in development or operational management

•             A company with the ability to bring and implement industry and international standards

A member of the Marina Industry Association, Mourjan Marinas is an award-winning Dubai-based marina consultancy and management company.

Mourjan Marinas provides industry specific solutions with an integrated approach through its team and their extensive experience. The company offers a broad range of skills, beginning with the pre-evaluation phases, through development and operations, to sales and marketing solutions.

Mourjan Marinas currently manages Mourjan Marinas – Lusail City and Mourjan Marinas – Four Seasons Hotel, Doha, as well as Almouj Marina, The Wave, Muscat.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy, both students of Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano, have developed the solar powered sailing yacht Helios concept for Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest, organized by Boat International Media and sponsored by Oceanco. The performance flybridge ketch Helios concept represents an innovative and eco-friendly 55-metre vessel, able to explore the world, providing accommodation for 10 guests and 8 crew members.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

The exterior styling of the deckhouse is modern and is shaped from the soft curves of an oyster-shell.  The height of the ketch rig allows the Helios yacht to pass through the Panama Canal, and the sails are suitable for cruising and occasional race.

The cockpit of super yacht Helios offers dining to 10 guests and is protected from the elements, while the deck , which is clean from riggings, offers a wide space for relaxation and sunbathing areas for the guests.

Superyacht Helios under sail

Superyacht Helios concept under sail

The flybridge deck has a dual helm stations with excellent all-round visibility and an infinity pool looking aft, but when luxury yacht Helios is under way the water is pumped out and is converted into a sunbathing area with cushions.

On the main deck there are two tender garages with a 5-metre tender, two jet skis and two canoes, while on the lower deck there is another  tender garage for the 7-metre exact-replica limousine tender with opening on the starboard side. On the port side the platform allows the guests to board the tenders.

The main salon can be converted in a cinema and is separated from the dining area.

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

On the lower deck there are crew cabins, four guest cabins and the owner’s suite that has a private beach club with a retractable swimming platform.

The main characteristic of Helios superyacht are the sails, which are composed of flexible solar cells made of silicon. The surface of the solar cells (2052 sq. m.) of about 2500 panels can generate a power of circa 355 kWh that can be accumulated in storage batteries placed in the engine room.

Helios Yacht Concept by night

Helios Yacht Concept by night

The spinnaker is made of nylon and the mizzen staysail is made of dacron because they must be light, handy and functional to be lifted up and then hauled down in the forepeaks.

Luxury yacht Helios is a diesel-electric sailing yacht that, together with the reduced draught of 4 metres thanks to the lifting keel, can go in shallow waters or protected areas using only electric propulsion expanding its range for expedition.

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

About Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy study Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano. They were among the Top 10 designers at 2014 Show Boats Design Awards in the Young Designer of the Year section with superyacht Project Lyra, a 60-metre SWATH design. They gained experience with internship at Mondo Marine Shipyard (Marco) and Amico & Co Shipyard (Alberto). They have both passion for the sea and go sailing during the summer.

DMCA to attend Dubai International Boat Show 2015

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulation, coordination and supervision of all aspects of the maritime sector in the lovely Dubai yacht vacation location, has revealed completion of its preparations for their attendance at the upcoming Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS). Set to take place from March 3 to 7, the event represents the largest, most important and most established show of its kind in the region.

DMCA’s stand at Dubai International Boat Show 2015

DMCA’s stand at Dubai International Boat Show 2015

DMCA’s participation, which is inspired by various elements of maritime innovation, will include the launch of the latest smart innovative services and applications that have been developed to facilitate the smooth, efficient and fast completion of transactions with the Authority. The move falls in line with the UAE’s efforts to becoming a leading smart government, thereby providing a high quality of life for its citizens and residents.

“Maritime Innovation” represents one of the most distinctive features of DMCA’s participation in the twenty-third session of the “Dubai International Boat Show”. DMCA will showcase marine craft licensing portfolio and new smart applications that has been developed based on ideas aimed at achieving a highly-renewable and sustainable maritime sector. The DMCA stand will also be providing marine craft licensing services and marine driving licensing services, which have become mandatory in Dubai since the start of 2015.

Meanwhile, the ‘Maritime Safety and Environmental Security’ app is expected to draw large interest from DIBS participants as it features the DMCA’s Maritime Safety Policy and other essential information like speed limits and beach break areas along the emirate’s coastline. The Authority will also be distributing English and Arabic versions of the ‘Dubai Powerboat Handbook.’ The Arabic version is the first and only version in the world to be offered in this language and covers the use of boats with engines. Both versions will be distributed free-of-charge at the event.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, said, “Our presence at the 23rd edition of DIBS is a continuation of the momentum that we have gained from participating in previous editions of the show. This year, we will be throwing the spotlight on a wide range of smart services and applications that have been designed using the latest technological innovations in the maritime industry. Participating at this year’s DIBS demonstrates our commitment towards supporting the goals of the ‘National strategy for innovation,’ which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to be among the ranks of the world’s most innovative countries.”

Ali added: “We are also looking forward to strengthen our communication ties with the maritime sector’s top decision makers, businessmen, investors and experts—creating a strategic platform to exchange best practices, industry knowledge and access to the industry’s latest innovations, which can represent important additions in enhancing the competitiveness of the international and local maritime segment while also reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global maritime hub.”

DMCA’s participation at DIBS 2015 is also aimed towards increasing awareness on safe operation conditions, environmental requirements and security & safety standards that must be met at yacht clubs and private and public marinas in Dubai. At the show, visitors at the DMCA stand will be taught about maritime safety procedures that should be followed by amateur and professional sportsmen while driving marine crafts of all kinds, with the aim of building a renewed and secure maritime sector in Dubai.

Andaman Sea Yacht Charter: Andaman Sea proposed as World Heritage Site

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The fantastic Thailand yacht charter destination – Andaman Sea will be proposed as a world’s heritage site under a plan by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. This great news for the fabulous Andaman Sea yacht holiday destination was unveiled by its minister Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan.

Havelock Island - a breath-taking Andaman Sea yacht rental destination - Image credit to Asia Pacific Superyachts

Last month saw minister Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan meet chief of the natural resources and environment reform committee of the National Reform Council Mr Pramote Maiklad to discuss the direction for the natural resources, as well as environment management and reform. One of the major topics was a plan to propose the Andaman Sea yacht rental destination as a world heritage site.

The lovely Asia yacht charter destination – Andaman Sea boasts beautiful beaches and warm turquoise waters. The cruising ground is extensive with miles of sailing pleasure between the Mergui Archipelago of Burma and the Malacca Straits of Malaysia, taking in the Similian Islands of Thailand.

Video: Arrival of 55m Amels LE180 motor yacht Hull 469 in Vlissingen

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Sunday, February 15, 2015 saw the arrival of the 55-metre Amels Limited Edition 180 motor yacht Hull 469 in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. Superyacht Hull 469 is scheduled for launch in 2016. Below is a video showing the arrival of Amels hull 469, released by RTV Vlissingen and shared by ‘Dutchmegayachts’.

Video: Newly launched 46m superyacht KISS (hull #689) by Feadship

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The latest Feadship launch, superyacht KISS (hull #689) successfully hit the water on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The 46-metre motor yacht KISS boasts powerful and purposeful exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects, while her stylish and elegant interiors are by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and offer superior accommodation to 8 guests in four suites. Below is a video showing the newly launched KISS, released by Feadship Fanclub.

Video: 40m J Class sailing yacht RAINBOW by Holland Jachtbouw

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Measuring 40 meters in length over all, the multi-winning J Class sailing yacht Rainbow was launched at the Holland Jachtbouw shipyard in 2012. Based on William Starling Burgess’ lines of the original 1934 America’s Cup winner, the majestic superyacht Rainbow has been beautifully designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. Below is a video showing this beauty, released by Holland Jachtbouw.

This spectacular J boasts a classic interior true to the 1930s and a modern hybrid propulsion and power system specifically designed and engineered for luxury yacht Rainbow. Her luxury accommodation has not in any way compromised her performance, illustrated by her proven track record on the race course.

Super yacht Rainbow is true to her original lines plans and built in aluminium to Lloyds Register and MCA Classification at the same time complying with the rules of the J Class Association. She carries carbon spars and EC6 rigging.

Her stunning finish is down to the Holland Jachtbouw craftsmen who worked tirelessly to provide exactly the correct finish both above and below decks, giving her a unique appeal. Unlike the original Rainbow, her interior is fully fitted out for elegant comfort and Dykstra partnered with deVosdeVries on the design, which features beautifully detailed profiles and panelling giving a 1930s Art Deco impression.

Below is a selection of the stylish charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Photos: 47m Heesen motor yacht ASYA (YN 16947)

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Luxury motor yacht ASYA (Project HE, YN 16947) is a striking 47-metre displacement vessel, launched by the premier Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts in December 2014. Mixing up beautiful traditional lines with a contemporary flair, superyacht ASYA features exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, with interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell. Below are the photos of ASYA moored in Hellevoetsluis, the Netherlands, following her sea trials. The photos were taken by ‘Dutchmegayachts’.

47m Heesen superyacht ASYA

47m Heesen superyacht ASYA (Project HE, YN 16947)

ASYA superyacht - front view

ASYA superyacht - front view

Luxury yacht ASYA - aft view

Luxury yacht ASYA - aft view

Motor yacht ASYA - side view

Motor yacht ASYA - side view

Heesen Yacht ASYA

Heesen Yacht ASYA

Video: 40m motor yacht GALATEA by Heesen Yachts

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Heesen Yachts has proudly released the all-new video presenting their 40-metre motor yacht GALATEA (Project GALATEA, YN 15640), one of the finalists for the World Superyachts Awards 2015. All-aluminium superyacht GALATEA is faster and more efficient than any of her nearest competitors, thanks to her ground-breaking hull technology and the latest MTU 16V 4000 M73L engines.

An 8m beam results in exceptional interior volume with up to five cabins including a full-beam master suite with study area. The exterior space of luxury yacht GALATEA is equally impressive with three distinct outdoor entertaining or sunbathing areas, including an 85 square metre sundeck (which can be open or hard top), an enormous foredeck sun pad and an aft deck dining terrace.

AT A GLANCE

Latest MTU engines – 28 knots top speed

Flexible layout with 5 cabins, including full-beam master

8m beam – 85 square metre sundeck

Active interceptor stabilizers and zero speed option

Choice of classification: private cruising or MCA

Option for hard top sundeck with roof and glass side doors

Heesen track launch system in the tender garage

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Heesen.

New 46m motor yacht KISS (hull #689) launched by Feadship on Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Feadship has proudly announced the launch of the brand new 46,40m (152’3”) motor yacht Kiss (hull #689), which took place on Saturday 14 February, in a ceremony that made the most of the Valentine’s Day spirit. Having recently revealed two of the largest superyachts in the global fleet – the 101,50-metre mega yacht Hull 808 and 83,50-metre luxury yacht Savannah – the latest Feadship launch demonstrates  how the company can also embrace its roots size-wise within the highest standards of 21st-century custom yachtbuilding. Superyacht Kiss also showcases Feadship’s ability to optimise the efficiency of the engineering processes involved in creating a bespoke superyacht.

46m motor yacht KISS (hull 689) launched by Feadship

46m motor yacht KISS (hull 689) launched by Feadship

The story behind luxury yacht Kiss is linked in a number of ways to the 46,22-metre Feadship superyacht Como, which was launched in 2014. Como stole the Monaco Yacht Show last year, proving beyond doubt that biggest isn’t always best. The validity of this statement has been proven by the unprecendented number of awards won by Como… And Feadship director Henk de Vries is convinced that Kiss will follow in her path.

“With yachts like Como and Kiss, we are effectively building a sporty type boat around our average size of over 15 years ago, but now with all the know-how and intelligence Feadship has developed,” De Vries explains. “This facilitates a clever approach to high-end production, one which remains entirely custom while keeping the costs of a Feadship of this size within the bounds of reason.”

Superyacht Kiss

Superyacht Kiss

Half a year after signing the contract for Como, architect and designer Ed Dubois came to Feadship with another client. “Ed was highly appreciative of the way that the Feadship yards work with outside designers as well as the in-house naval architects at Feadship De Voogt,” De Vries continues. “Even though Como and Kiss have similar looks they are very different yachts. Most if not all yards would have taken a platform approach based on Como’s hull, offering the client a discount for the reduced amount of engineering. That’s not how Feadship does things.

“The owner of Kiss required a more conventional speed of 16 knots (Como is 19), so she has a different power plant. And while Como is a sports boat with an open top deck, Kiss has a complete master penthouse on the upper deck. This obviously added both volume and weight to the yacht, hence requiring a revised lines plan. Make no mistake, these are two different Feadships.”

Luxury yacht Kiss

Luxury yacht Kiss

Where super yacht Kiss did benefit from the Como project was Feadship’s enhanced ability to standardise not the product but the process. Successfully incorporating the production methods and the majority of engineering phases used on Como made Kiss cost-effective in production while still resulting in an entirely bespoke superyacht.

Kiss superyacht is also the most complex object ever to have been metallically painted, featuring a stunning metallic black hull with a red stripe on the waterline. This was another specific request by the client and required Feadship to develop special mixing machines and electrically-charged spray guns in order that all the metallic flakes would be in perfect order.

Kiss superyacht

Kiss superyacht

The interior of Kiss yacht is from the boards of Redman Whiteley Dixon and features a stark, crisp look. Mark Whiteley and Toby Ecuyer started together, Toby and Douglas Hynd completed the design work. “They did a fantastic job on Kiss,” adds De Vries. “It is never easy to take over an interior design project once underway and, on behalf of Feadship, I would like to say how impressed we are again with RWD’s work.”

The powerful and purposeful exterior Dubois profile, with its large bulwark window measuring some 6.5 metres in width, generates a sporty ambience. A sense of openness is enhanced by the giant doors adjacent to the main entrance, which slide out three metres either side. All this combines to bathe the restfully austere interior in natural light, making for a genuinely soothing experience.

Super yacht Kiss

Super yacht Kiss

The complete owner’s deck – an unusual feature for a yacht under 50 metres – makes the most of both the volume and interior space. An aluminium-plated sun roof opens up to add to the light interior vibe. More al fresco-like pleasures include a sun deck with Jacuzzi and a transom swim platform with swim ladder and underwater platform.

Motor yacht Kiss also features superior accommodation for eight guests in four suites as well as four crew cabins, a staff room and a captain’s cabin positioned near the raised pilothouse.

Kiss Yacht

Kiss Yacht

Technical specifications of superyacht Kiss (hull #689)

Type: Twin screw motor yacht, aluminium hull and superstructure

Length overall: 46.40m 152’3”

Beam overall: 9.00m 29’6”

Draught (loaded): 2.28m 7’6”

Fuel capacity: 51,000 litres 13,473 US Gallons

Fresh water capacity: 16,000 litres 4,227 US Gallons

Design

Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects

Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects

Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

Propulsion

Main engines: 2x Caterpillar C32 / 895 kW @ 1800 rpm

Generators: 2x Caterpillar 6.6 – 2x 125 kW – 1500 rpm

Stabilizers: Quantum zero-speed stabilizers

Accommodation

Owner: The upper deck is devoted to the owner, stateroom situated here with prominent views around the whole yacht.

Guests: VIP stateroom on the main deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck. All of the guest accommodation is ensuite.

Crew: Four crew in two crew cabins; two in captain’s cabin, two in engineer’s cabin. Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck, twin staff

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Feadship.