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Prestige Yachts launches its new flagship – motor yacht Prestige 750

December 20, 2013

Officially presented for the first time a year ago and eagerly awaited, the 75-foot Prestige flagship, the all-new motor yacht Prestige 750, has been successfully launched. Luxury yacht Prestige 750 has already undergone her first sea trials.

Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts

Initially presented under the code name “720”, the new Prestige 750 yacht embodies the values of the Prestige brand and marks the entry of Prestige into the world of motoryachts.

Motor yacht Prestige 750 at full speed

Motor yacht Prestige 750 at full speed

A UNIQUE LAYOUT
As the project took shape, Garroni Design and the Prestige design team conceptualized the 75-foot motor yacht Prestige 750 that would challenge the world of traditional yachts by offering a unique feature on this size yacht: the owner’s cabin forward, on the main deck.

Prestige 750 Yacht from above

Prestige 750 Yacht from above

Luxury yacht Prestige 750 - aft view

Luxury yacht Prestige 750 - aft view

HIGH-TECH CONSTRUCTION
The new Prestige 750: offering an array of technological advantages
Developed with the best Computer Assisted Design software available and tested using intensive tank testing, the hull shape of the Prestige 750 yacht features exceptional seakeeping abilities and comfort on board.

Prestige 750 Yacht - Exterior

Prestige 750 Yacht - Exterior

Motor yacht Prestige 750 - Interior

Motor yacht Prestige 750 - Interior

Entirely infusion-moulded, the structure is optimised for weight distribution and strength. With either MAN 1000 HP or MAN 1200 HP, motor yacht Prestige 750 delivers the best performance and fuel efficiency in her category.

Prestige 750 Yacht - Saloon

Prestige 750 Yacht - Saloon

The unique layout of the Prestige 750 yacht makes a narrow hull entry design possible, for exceptional performance and comfort at sea.

Luxury yacht Prestige 750 - Cabin

Luxury yacht Prestige 750 - Cabin

Prestige 750 Yacht - Twin cabin

Prestige 750 Yacht - Twin cabin

The all-new luxury yacht Prestige 750 underwent successful sea trials in November 2013 and is now expected to make her first official public appearance.

Below is a video presenting luxury yacht Prestige 750:

Technical Specifications of Prestige 750 Yacht

Length overall: 22.58 m / 74,0 ft
Hull length: 20.74 m / 68,0 ft
Light displacement: 41400 kg / 91271 lbs
Max Beam: 5.46 m / 17,10 ft
Draft: 1.59 m / 5,2 ft
Fuel capacity: 4400 L / 1162 US Gal
Water capacity: 840 L / 222 US Gal
Cabins: 4+1
Heads compartments: 3+1
Berths: 8+2
Max speed: 28 kts
Cruising speed: 24 kts
Engine: MAN 1000/1200 hp
CE Category: B16
Designer/s: GARRONI DESIGNJ&J DESIGN

New 38m Marco Polo Transocean Explorer series motor yacht by MCC Yachts

December 20, 2013

MCC Yachts has recently completed the design and engineering plans for the all-new 38-metre explorer motor yacht. The latest 38m MCC superyacht belongs to the Marco Polo Transocean Explorer series, just like the recently sold 46m luxury yacht Qing (ex Mazu).

38m Marco Polo Transocean Explorer series Yacht by MCC Yachts

38m Marco Polo Transocean Explorer series Yacht by MCC Yachts

38m MCC superyacht - aft view

38m MCC superyacht - aft view

Technical Specifications of the 38m MCC explorer yacht

LENGTH OVERALL: 38.0 M / 124.67 FT
LENGTH DWL: 33.4 M / 109.58 FT
BEAM MAX: 8.1 M / 26.57 FT
DRAUGHT: 2.4 M / 7.87 FT
MAXIMUM SPEED: 14 KN
RANGE: 5300NM@11 KN
FUEL: 50 000 L
FRESH WATER: 11 000 L
MAIN ENGINE: CAT C32 1300HP
AUXILIARY: SCHOTTEL PUMP JETS 2 X SPJ22
STABILIZERS: NAIAD ACTIVE ZERO SPEED
TENDERS: CASTOLDI JT16
CONSTRUCTION: HULL: STEEL
SUPERSTRUCTURE: FRP
OWNER: DOUBLE BEDROOM ON UPPER DECK
VIP: DOUBLE BEDROOM ON MAIN DECK
GUESTS: 1 X TWIN CABIN, 1 X DOUBLE CABIN,
ELEVATOR SERVING ALL DECKS
GALLEY: ON LOWER DECK, PANTRY ON MAIN DECK WITH ELEVATOR ACCESS
CAPTAIN: 1 X DOUBLE CABIN
CREW: 7 PLUS CAPTAIN

38m MCC Transocean Explorer Yacht

38m MCC Transocean Explorer Yacht

Video: Merry Christmas from Tahiti Private Expeditions

December 20, 2013

Tahiti Private Expeditions sent us this fabulous video of the many exciting dive adventures experienced with their clients in 2013.  Tahiti Private Expeditions specialises in custom dive and snorkelling trips for luxury superyacht and mega yacht clients in Tahiti and the South Pacific. Thanks to their expertise and extensive knowledge of the islands, the company is able to create custom-designed private itineraries, meeting clients’ high-level of expectations and requirements. Enjoy the video …

Tahiti Private Expeditions are pleased to share some of their exciting adventures experienced with their Clients in Tahiti and around the world in 2013! They are very much looking forward to sharing more with you next year. Merry Christmas and a happy 2014 new year!

Shenzhen International Boat Show 2013 a Huge Success

December 20, 2013

This year’s 7th edition of Shenzhen International Boat Show (SIBEX) was a huge success. Known as ‘China’s first exhibition’, the four-day event came to an end on October 27, 2013.

SIBEX 2013 - Opening Ceremony

SIBEX 2013 - Opening Ceremony

This year’s SIBEX featured three water piers and an increased exhibition space of 15,000 square meters. The event was attended by exhibitors coming from more than 20 countries around the world and a total number of 122 yachts were on display.

On the morning of the first day, a grand opening ceremony took place in the Exhibition Hall Beach Bar. The opening ceremony hosted Yantian District government leaders, UB Group Chairman Mr. Dan Dawei, show guests, exhibitors, as well as the media.

On the evening of October 25 a banquet themed “Sea Night” took place at the King Key Palace Banquet Hall, hosting the Golden Sail Awards Ceremony. Among the dignitaries present at the event were top-level bankers, diplomats, as well as representatives of the luxury yachting world’s most important brands.

In comparison to 2012, the 2013 edition of SIBEX was marked by a 20% growth in terms of size and visitor numbers.

A very successful 3rd China (Macau) International Yacht Import & Export Fair

December 20, 2013

This year’s 3rd edition of China (Macau) International Yacht Import & Export Fair (Macau Yacht Fair) was a great success. The event closed its doors at 20:00 on November 3, 2013.

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The expo consists of Dry Show and Water Show, respectively held in Hall D of the Golden Pavilion Convention Center that covers about 15,000 square meters and Macau Green Island Yacht Club which has 10-plus yacht berths. Over 40 famous yacht brands of over 20 countries, such as Sunseeker, Starcraft, Sunbird, Poly Marquis, made their appearance in Macau, displaying yachts of varied sizes ranging from 10 to 135 feet and upgrading the event with a bigger scale of 25% over that of the previous year.

Centering on the theme of “Grand Gathering in Haojiang”, Macau Yacht Fair kicked off on a parallel timeline with the 3rd China (Macau) International Auto Exposition and the 2nd Macau Business Jet Exhibition, which altogether drew on 60,000 visits. Visitors included 4,000 (6.7%) high-quality professionals and buyers, approximately half of whom came from China’s Hong Kong, Macau and overseas regions. High-end customers mainly came from finance group, real estate group, bank VIPs, real estate developers, and exclusive club members. Among all visitors, 60% came from Macau, 24.15% from China’s Hong Kong and other foreign places, and the rest 15.85% from other regions of China.

As a high-end top show targeting at the privileged few, Macau Yacht Fair really steps up to visitor experience. A series of events, Bikini Show, Luxury Red Wine Tasting, Luxurious Yacht Cruising, Thanks Party for Grand Gathering in Haojiang, Lucky Draw for Precious Metal, etc. created comfortable and magnificent atmosphere together with intense liveness. Aside from experiencing life enjoyment with yacht, guests reaped luck and happiness.

Overall, this year saw great visitor participation at the expo and favorable responses from them. Over 20 orders for Delta Powerboats, Sea Ray andPoly Marquis were signed on spot, contributing to about RMB 80 million sales, while transaction intention wasestimated to involve about RMB 100 million.

A rough count showed that over 70 media reported the expowith some 300 stories. Such media included overseas professional media like IBI News, Boat International, Nautica and domestic professional media like Yacht, Global Luxury Properties, China Yachting, CNSS, Yachter123, Boat Exclusive, The Discerning Lifestyle,Top Club, Jyacht, Ytshe, Yacht Space, Fishing TV, which served as an expansionof Macau Yacht Expo’s influence. Meanwhile, famous media in Hong Kongand Macau, such as Macao Daily News, Macau Cable TV and Macau Business,conducted comprehensive follow-up reports of this year’s Macau Yacht Expo.

The Macau Yacht Fair wouldn’t be a success without the strong support of Macao SAR government and the society and the active participation ofexhibitors and media. It also acted to drive the targets of building Macau as a world tourism and relaxation destination, developing exposition economy and promoting the yacht industry.

Organizers want to express their sincere thanks to the Government of Macao SAR, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Macao SAR, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Macao Economic Services, the Marine and Water Bureau and other government departments and agencies for their great support and help. Many thanks go to all exhibitors, media and people of all walks of life for their considerable support and generosity.

Superyacht Technical Seminar 2014

December 20, 2013

Building on the great success of the Superyacht Technical Seminar, the British Marine Federation (BMF), in partnership with Superyacht UK, is delighted to announce the agenda for the 2014 Technical Seminar. Set to be hosted by the 2014 London Boat Show, on Thursday, January 9, the seminar will bring together delegates from across the world to consider the superyacht sector.

Superyacht Technical Seminar 2012

Superyacht Technical Seminar 2012

The 2014 event, which in 2013 attracted more than 125 attendees, promises to deliver a blend of insight and information that will see Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) open proceedings with a presentation on his thoughts of the importance of the superyacht market to the global fleet.

The Vessel Policy Branch of the MCA and the BMF Technical team will provide an informative overview of regulatory developments over the last 12 month, including discussing the work of the International Standards Organisation Large Yacht Sub Committee and the MCA implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

Juliet Benning, Editor of Superyacht Business will round off the morning’s action with an insight into the influence of media in the global superyacht sector, from editorial influence to exploring how reporting can be utilised to lobby specific campaigns for the benefit of industry.

The day will conclude with a lively panel discussion exploring the entire superyacht process from the owners’ initial inspiration through to sea trails, and an outline of an owners’ perspective throughout the Superyacht experience, providing invaluable client insight to all aspects of the sector.

For booking enquiries please contact Liv Whetmore at lwhetmore@britishmarine.co.uk or on +44 (0)1784 223 631.

Update on Porto Montenegro Marina Extension

December 20, 2013

Porto Montenegro is making the last preparations for works on its anticipated marina extension, as it draws closer to the end of 2013. Since its inauguration in 2009, the superyacht marina has increased its berth capacity from 85 to 250, accommodating luxury yachts measuring between 12 and 150m in length.

Porto Montenegro Marina in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

Porto Montenegro Marina in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

The next phase of development will see the marina double its capacity by Summer 2015 with the release of the first additional 180 berths in May 2014. Upon completion the marina will offer 490 berths with 122 reserved for yachts 30m and above – the largest offering of superyacht berths in the Mediterranean.

Following the designs of Marina Projects from the UK, leading experts in the field of superyacht marina design, Montenegrin company Yu Briv started work in November 2013 on the expansion of Jetties 2 and 3, the construction of a jetty parallel to Jetty 4, and a new bunkering jetty.

The extension comes at no better time for the port following this year’s summer season where the marina operated at 102% capacity. Throughout construction Porto Montenegro are offering off-plan berth rates, approximately 20% less than the current marina.

New Dockmaster to join Marina Port Vell

December 20, 2013

Situated in the popular summer yacht charter destination – Barcelona in Spain, Marina Port Vell (MPV), expected to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and, with phased marina completions throughout 2014, the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, is delighted to announce that Captain Anders Pehrson will join MPV as Dockmaster, effective January 7, 2014.

Captain Anders Pehrson - Marina Port Vell Dockmaster

Captain Anders Pehrson - Marina Port Vell Dockmaster

A vastly qualified Captain with a superb reputation and professional experience that includes some of the world’s most recognizable yachts, Anders Pehrson brings a unique blend of training and qualifications with him to MPV.

“Anders personal decision to move from ship to shore and to join us in this most visible of positions is a great triumph for Marina Port Vell,” says Norma Trease, Director of Salamanca Group’s Marine Division. “He brings with him direct experience in piloting and managing superyachts for the past 15 years as well as a vital ability to converse in seven languages,” she continues.

Captain Pehrson holds an MCA Master (Y) 3000GT license, is a Ship Security Officer (ISPS SSO), is trained in advanced fire fighting and medical first aid, and has far reaching training in leadership and language. Working since the age of 14, he began his nautical career in 1997 as a Chief Officer on passenger vessels. In 1998, he joined charter yacht CYAN (ex RENALO) as Chief Officer. Since 2002, when Anders became a captain, his experience has included the following: Chief Officer of superyacht APOGEE and Watch Captain superyacht HELIOS2 for her refit and Atlantic passage; and, Captain of RONDO C, luxury yacht SALAMAT, charter yacht ATLANTIC GOOSE, charter yacht DIANE, and most recently, motor yacht EMOTION.

“Using first-hand experience and knowledge of the superyacht industry, the role of Marina Port Vell’s Dockmaster initially revolves around the continuing transformation of MPV’s facilities and the evolution of service we are providing,” says Trease. “Captain Pehrson’s focus will be on ensuring that we maximize the quality of the services that the marina provides particularly as new features are brought on-line. Equally important, he is an ambassador of MPV. Networking, public relations and contact with existing and future clients is also part of the job description,” she concludes.

Captain Pehrson will begin his career with Marina Port Vell on 7 January 2014.

Video presenting Ferretti Custom Line Fleet of Yachts

December 20, 2013

The prestigious Italian builder, Ferretti, has just released a video presenting the Ferretti Custom Line fleet of luxury vessels. This include Custom Line 97′ yacht, Custom Line 100′ yacht, Custom Line 112′ NEXT yacht, as well as Custom Line 124′ superyacht. Below is a video showing the Ferretti Custom Line fleet, published by Ferretti.

Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine

December 20, 2013

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity, as more superyachts come to Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility, based in Bangkok, for refit work.

Superyacht refit and repair team at Yacht Solutions

Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai Marine (ITM) at Samut Prakarn in Bangkok Yacht Solutions has received more enquiries for shipyard work than ever before and has already undertaken work on 43-metre charter yacht Douce France, 45-metre charter yacht Big Fish, 52-metre motor yacht Elysium, a 60-metre Oceanco MY, 62-metre SY Lamima and 40-metre superyacht Amoha.

Gareth Twist, managing director of Yacht Solutions commented, “Whilst the larger yachts are now travelling to Bangkok to undertake refit, repair, paint and remedial work; we are still working on yachts in Phuket. Our yard in Bangkok offers a fantastic alternative to yachts considering Singapore or having to travel out of the region to Australia, New Zealand or Europe. We offer the best value for money in terms of superyacht expertise, experience, quality and pricing. By running two Yacht Solutions’ teams in both Phuket and Bangkok, we have the option to run any sized project at any time, giving our clients the flexibility they need.”

Floating dock

This new expansion increases Yacht Solutions’ superyacht facilities by 300% expanding its refit capabilities for hauling-out and opens up a great yard option for any resident yachts and superyachts passing through the Gulf of Thailand. This facility is accessible to all of Southeast Asia being less than 800 nautical miles from Singapore.

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is expanding in response to the demand for more superyacht refit and repair facilities in the Asian region from both owners of superyachts based in Asia and those  travelling from Europe and America.

To satisfy this increase in demand for yard time, in addition to increasing its dedicated yard space within ITM, Yacht Solutions has also had to increase the size of its teams. The local area has benefited from the arrival of these luxury yachts, with more crews needing to be housed locally, the restaurants and bars seeing an increase in customers and also more local tradesman are being taken on by Yacht Solutions at ITM.

Gareth Twist commented, “We are very excited to be expanding our yard area to accommodate more yachts. And we have been able to double our workforce in only 6 months and we are still looking to further expand our team and bring in more superyacht professionals to run these teams.”

In October, Gareth Lewis joined the team as a highly experienced project manager with over 35 years in the yachting industry. He is currently managing the build of the 62-metre Lamima. This Phinisi, a traditionally built Indonesian two-masted sailing ship and is due for completion in 2014. Gareth has been involved with many high profile projects including SY Mirabella V, which to date still has the tallest rig in the world and Charter Yacht Sojana, a Farr design 115 foot ketch.

Steve Lodge works as the chief superyacht engineer overseeing all the technical aspects of major refit projects in the yard. He has over 24 years of marine engineering experience on yachts up to 90 metres. Previously he has worked in shipyards such as MB92 Barcelona, as well as others in Malaysia and Australia.

Thailand born Tossapon Mondee is the operations manager for Yacht Solutions at ITM, a highly trained professional, he graduated from Sukhothai Tammathirat University in Construction Management. He has worked in marine related companies in Thailand for over 26 years. He oversees the Thai refit teams working on the large yacht projects in the shipyard.

Rob ‘Doc’ Taylor is a project manager and electrical engineer who has been involved in the superyacht industry for close to 20 years. Doc has a background in marine electrical engineering and a career exposed to all elements of the industry, including chief engineer on various luxury yachts including MY Monaco and Michaela Rose, fleet engineer for yacht manufacturers such as Leight Notika Yachts and project manager for a number of yacht refit companies including Adam Marine.

Gareth Twist added, “Our aim is to create Asia’s best-in-class superyacht refit team. We have a tremendous pool of talented tradesmen here in Thailand and this facility combines European management, standards and quality with the renowned finishing skills of Thai craftsmen. Our unique combination ensures international standards are maintained while owners receive exceptional value for money and service due to the efficiencies of operating out of Thailand. With this facility we are able to compete with the European yards but with the distinct advantage of a lower labour cost base.”

MY Elysium, a 52-metre Benetti was in the yard for 3 weeks undertaking various engineering work, antifouling and woodwork. Captain Andreas Pape commented on his experience “the project management and knowledgeable technical assistance by the western yacht engineers stands out in Asia, we experienced a highly personalised service.” This was “an efficient and cost effective haul-out where every job was done as good and fast as possible and this was greatly appreciated.”

Simon Twist, operations director of Yacht Solutions at ITM is based in Bangkok and said, “Looking to 2014 we already have yard bookings for a 62-metre motor yacht and a 38-metre catamaran. So our future plans are to upgrade the floating dock, continue to develop additional space in the yard for yachts and increase the skill-base and staffing.”

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is determined to create the very best superyacht facility in Asia. This 112,000 square metre facility offering full shipbuilding and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and in-house design office. Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is ISO 9001:2000 rated and boasts a lifting capacity up to 95 metres and 3,500 tonnes. It has access to two 115 metre dry docks, 300 metre alongside berthing, a floating dock up to 160 metres and 5000 tonnes lift capacity, making this the largest superyacht repair facility in Asia.

This has been the busiest year yet for Yacht Solutions and as predicted this yard is full for refits for this year. This is great news for the superyacht industry in Thailand and for the Asia-Pacific region.