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BMT to embark on 24hr Charity Triathlon

January 31, 2013

Next week will see employees of BMT take on a gruelling 24hr triathlon to help raise money for local as well as national charities. Three teams of 12 will embark on this difficult challenge, involving each individual completing six hours in multiples of 90 minute blocks of rowing, cycling and running over the course of a 24 hour period.

BMT Nigel Gee 24 Hr Triathlon Team

BMT Nigel Gee 24 Hr Triathlon Team

Starting on the 8th February at 12noon in the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel Golf and Country Club, Southampton and finishing at 12noon on the 9th February, the event will see each participant carry out consecutive 30 minute sets of rowing, cycling and running before handing over to a team-mate. All of the money raised will be donated to four different charities chosen by the participants. These include Southampton Hospital Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit, Wessex Cancer Trust, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Seafarers UK.

Steven Lee, Project Manager at BMT Nigel Gee (a BMT operating company) and organiser of the event comments: “This event is not for the faint-hearted and will test even the fittest members of the team. Everyone is in training mode at the moment and there is a real buzz and sense of excitement with lots of donations coming through. Supporting each of these charities is of course our key goal and we hope to achieve our £12,000 target.”

The main triathlon event will be followed by an evening gala dinner which will include a raffle and silent auction – prizes of which have been donated by a number of sponsors. Steven continues: “A huge thanks to all the sponsors who have helped make this event happen – particularly the local rowing club, Southampton Coalporters Amateur Rowing Club which has provided the rowing machines for our tough task ahead.”

Pendennis refitted luxury yacht A2 shortlisted for World Superyacht Awards 2013

January 30, 2013

Following a significant number of entries into the 2013 World Superyacht Awards, this week saw Boat International announce that the Pendennis refitted motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) has successfully been nominated as a finalist in the Superyacht Refit category.

Pendennis refitted motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) on her Maiden Voyage

Pendennis refitted motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) on her Maiden Voyage

Luxury yacht A2 spent 16 months in the Falmouth yard being completely transformed from her 1980s design into one to rival any contemporary vessel, both in aesthetics and performance. The yacht arrived at Pendennis in the spring of 2011 with the initial task being the complete removal of the vessel’s interior and systems stripping the yacht back to bare steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

The Structural Engineers at BMT Nigel Gee worked alongside the technical team at Pendennis to design a five metre extension across three levels, increasing her LOA from 42.5m to 47m, thereby substantially enhancing the inboard social areas. The interior layout was much improved with the creation of a full width master stateroom which dramatically increased the level of luxury within the Owner’s accommodation. The new interior of A2 yacht also includes a much larger main lounge with the addition of a second lounge area on the top deck.

Masquerade of Sole yacht before refit at Pendennis

Masquerade of Sole yacht before refit at Pendennis

Superyacht A2’s exterior social areas also benefitted from the new transom with increased al fresco dining spaces and redesigned twin access stairwells (rather than the previous single ladder system) giving more convenient access to the new swim platform and boarding passerelle. The new interiors are complemented by a dramatic and luxurious interior designed by Peter Marino Architect.

Alongside the redesign the Owner’s brief was to increase both the range and cruising speed of the yacht following her rebuild. This was achieved in both areas; with her cruising speed now a steady 14 knots rather than 12 knots from new MTU main engines. Feadship yacht A2 now comfortably achieves a maximum of 15.8 knots alongside a dramatically improved fuel consumption increasing her fuel range from 3,500NM at 12KTS s to 4,200NM cruising at 14KTS.

A2 superyacht - aft view

A2 superyacht - aft view

Pendennis also undertook a complete engineering upgrade, replacing all technology, electrical systems, engine room equipment, and air conditioning/water systems throughout leaving the vessel more akin to a newly built superyacht rather than a 20-year old one, and thereby making the ongoing engineering maintenance programme much lighter than usual for a vessel of this age.

The Owner explained their reasons for such a substantial remodel: “Masquerade of Sole provided a fantastic base yacht for the project, as yachts of this era are well known for their structural integrity and longevity. By stripping down to the hull we could make the most of this aspect of the existing yacht, but still optimise the volume and plan the interior and exterior layout with a modern styling best suited to our needs, as if designing a new yacht.”

A2 Yacht - Interior

A2 Yacht - Interior

“During the project my wife and I were heavily involved in the layout and interior design aspects of A2. Having a small focused Owner’s team and strong relationship with Pendennis proved to be a very successfully formula. The team provided regular updates, discussing new plans and GA options along way with a constant review of technological ideas and advancements. From the outset the team at Pendennis were able to apply their substantial knowledge of engineering and electrical systems to plan for a much more efficient and responsive vessel.”

With delivery scheduled for June 2012 the rebuild of Feadship motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) was a very intensive project requiring significant pre-planning and a concentrated design period. This ensured from the outset that despite the compressed delivery schedule the high quality of workmanship in all trades, were not compromised in any way. The project was complemented by a full paint job before A2 undertook motor trials in Falmouth Bay in May 2012. Her final transformation was dramatic, almost the equivalent of building a new yacht rather than a conventional refit project.

Aboard luxury yacht A2 refitted by Pendennis

Aboard luxury yacht A2 refitted by Pendennis

Since A2 yacht was launched the Owners have spent numerous weeks on board in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and are looking forward to exploring further afield later in the year.

Expansion of BMT Nigel Gee

December 10, 2012

In order to meet increased workload, BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has reported recent refurbishment as well as expansion activity at its offices in Southampton. Operating across four main market sectors, the naval architectural practice provides design and engineering services to specialised vessels in the commercial, yacht, defence and renewable energy markets.

BMT Nigel Gee Refurbished Floor

BMT Nigel Gee Refurbished Floor

John Bonafoux, Managing Director of BMT Nigel Gee says: “2012 has seen our company capitalise on investments made in the renewable energy market. Developing designs for windfarm support vessels as early as 2009, there are now over 18 windfarm support vessels under construction at six different shipyards in Europe and Asia. Of particular note is the recent launch of our XSS design from the Sepers facility in Holland. This 24m vessel features a hullform based on SWATH technology and offers improved seakeeping capabilities over conventional windfarm support vessels, thereby making it particularly suitable for longer transits to those windfarms further from shore.”

Trials have also been successfully completed on three more conventional 20m vessels; one in Europe and two in Asia. In the same vein the company’s patented Turbine Access System, a motion compensated access gangway designed to increase safety for personnel transferring from support vessels on to turbines, developed in partnership with Houlder, successfully completed trials in October at the Rhyl Flats windfarm off the coast of Wales.

BMT Nigel Gee has also expanded its client base with increased activities in the large yachting market, both within refit and repair, as well as continued new build activities with some of the industry’s leading yacht builders. Current construction projects include both sail and motor yachts from 65m to 110m in length, whilst refit work has been undertaken on both classic and modern yachts. Most notable work completed in 2012 included the delivery of the motor yacht Vava II from Plymouth – at 96m this is the largest yacht ever to be built in the United Kingdom.

Superyacht Vava II - most notable BMT Nigel Gee work completed in 2012 Photo by Trevor Burrows

Superyacht Vava II - most notable BMT Nigel Gee work completed in 2012 Photo by Trevor Burrows

In the defence market the team at BMT Nigel Gee continues to support a number of its sister companies within the BMT group providing structural and mechanical engineering services for two 200+m naval auxiliary tankers for the Canadian and UK navies. The market for high speed patrol vessels has also been very active with a new order for six 17m high speed patrol boats in Turkey.

The fall in demand for high speed ferries, which for many years was the company’s core business, has reversed and this year BMT Nigel Gee has been working on a number of new designs, including a 38m passenger ferry under construction in Eastern Europe.

Investment in R&D activities continues to underpin development of innovative engineering technologies such as the Turbine Access System. 2013 will see BMT Nigel Gee investing further in R&D activity including new hullforms aimed at improving efficiencies in the oil and gas market, where the company is focusing on additional expansion and has recently received an order for a number of high speed crew transfer vessels.

John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT Nigel Gee concludes: “Diversity has always been at the heart of our business and has allowed us to maintain a consistent workload. It’s a great moment to see our team and office facilities expand due to resilient growth in all of our markets for the second and third quarter of 2012. Our order book moving forward into 2013 remains strong – a true testament to the quality of design, engineering and attention to detail our team deliver.”

Partnership of BMT Nigel Gee and Cayman Island Shipping Registry

November 12, 2012

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is expected to present its newest technical paper in partnership with the Cayman Island Shipping Registry (CISR). Developed to offer insight to a wide range of industry stakeholders, the paper investigates aspects of the 2010 Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) which aims to offer a Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) equivalent code for yachts that desire to host up to 36 guests.

22nd International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Construction to present the technical paper

22nd International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Construction to present the latest BMT Nigel Gee technical paper

Prior to the development and publishing of this code, yachts wishing to carry more than 12 passengers were subject to full SOLAS and Loadline compliance with associated cost and design complexity. This paper investigates some of the differences in philosophy between the two compliance options and the impact they may have on large yacht design, providing much greater clarity for the industry.

Where in the past international conventions have been considered unreasonable or disproportionately onerous for yachts, the PYC applies substantial equivalence to provide additional flexibility to the Naval Architect and Designers. This paper looks at specific areas of how to assess the alternative design considerations that must be made, or the benefits that can be achieved when applying the substantial equivalence of the PYC.

Peter Southgate, Advisor, Maritime Policy and Legislation Development of CISR comments: “The Code has been well received by industry and a number of projects being built in accordance with the Code are now in progress. It is recognised that this is an evolving standard and regular updates are envisaged for the first five years of operation.”

James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee concludes: “It is clear that the PYC offers substantial equivalence to SOLAS, providing added flexibility to designers and naval architects. It is worth remembering that where the full SOLAS route is taken, any deviation from the regulations requires approval of any equivalence to be granted by the Flag State Administration on a case by case basis, adding more inertia to the design process in way of ‘red tape’. PYC can offer a much more convenient route to compliance.”

The paper will be presented on the 13 November 2012 at the 22nd International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Construction in Amsterdam and will be published on the BMT website shortly thereafter.

The impressive 110m Oceanco motor yacht DP002 concept revealed in model form at the 2012 MYS

October 24, 2012

The newest 110m (361ft) superyacht DP002 is an impressive concept, revealed in model form by the respected Dutch builder Oceanco at the last month’s Monaco Yacht Show. With naval architecture by the yard’s in-house team in partnership with BMT Nigel Gee, the breathtaking motor yacht DP002 is designed by renowned Nuvolari & Lenard.

110m Oceanco megayacht DP002 designed by Nuvolari and Lenard

110m Oceanco megayacht DP002 designed by Nuvolari and Lenard - Image courtesy of Oceanco

Luxurious and comfortable accommodation aboard the Oceanco superyacht DP002 is divided in 10 beautiful cabins. These include an Owner’s suite, 7 VIP cabins, as well as 2 guest cabins. The vessel’s professional and numerous crew of 40 sleep in a double captain cabin, 6 single crew cabins and 16 twin crew cabins.

Facilitating direct access from the wheelhouse and guests area, the 110-metre luxury yacht DP002 boasts a helipad, which can be found on the fore owner’s deck. At lower deck aft a beach club area opens directly onto the sea and a corridor through the garage leads directly up to the main deck.

Featuring a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the magnificent DP002 yacht is powered by four MTU 20V4000M73 diesel engines, delivering her a top speed of 20,5 knots.

Technical Specifications of the latest Oceanco megayacht DP002

Length overall: 110.00m / 360.89ft
Beam overall: 18.00m / 59.06ft
Max speed: 20.50 knots
Engine type: 4 x MTU 20V4000M73
Fuel capacity: 600,000 L / 158,503 US gallons
Classification: Lloyd’s register ✠100A1 PASSENGER SHIP, ✠LMC, UMS, SCM, EP
Material: Steel Hull & Aluminium Superstructure
Accommodation: 1 Owner’s suite, 7 VIP cabins, 2 guest cabins; 1 double captain cabin + 6 single crew cabins + 16 twin crew cabins
Naval architect: Oceanco / BMT
Exterior designer: Nuvolari & Lenard
Interior designer: TBD
Delivery date: TBD

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts constructed by Oceanco.

The new 55m motor yacht Project OXYGEN by BMT Nigel Gee and Claydon Reeves

September 14, 2012

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, has presented its new motor yacht Project Oxygen, developed in collaboration with Claydon Reeves. Boasting a state-of-the-art Extreme Semi-SWATH (XSS) hullform, Oxygen superyacht redefines the explorer yacht genre, providing outstanding speed as well as seakeeping performance, combined with the luxury and facilities of a true superyacht.

55m motor yacht Project Oxygen by BMT Nigel Gee and Claydon Reeves

55m motor yacht Project Oxygen by BMT Nigel Gee and Claydon Reeves

Equipped for all manner of pursuits, luxury yacht Oxygen’s primary role is a dive-explorer yacht carrying not only extensive diving equipment but also her own submarine, launched from an innovative stern lift that doubles as an adjustable swim platform. Measuring 55 metres in length, and powered by four MTU 2000 series diesel engines driving a pair of controllable pitch propellers, the yacht can comfortably reach speeds of up to 24 knots. While her low draught allows access to shallow, inshore locations, a ride control system consisting of active T-foils and interceptors ensures a smooth ride even in the most demanding offshore sea conditions.

True SWATH vessels demonstrate by far the lowest motions in rough seas, but at the expense of very high powering requirements and high running costs in comparison to more fuel efficient, conventional catamaran hullforms. BMT Nigel Gee has previously developed a Semi-SWATH hullform for the US Navy offering significantly lower motions than those of a conventional catamaran, yet with a minimal increase in powering. The XSS goes one step further in maximising the seakeeping performance of high-speed catamarans, effectively closing the gap between SWATH and Semi-SWATH technology.

Luxury catamaran yacht Project Oxygen

Luxury catamaran yacht Project Oxygen

Rob Sime, Senior Naval Architect at BMT Nigel Gee explains: “BMT’s proven XSS hullform offers seakeeping performance approaching that of a traditional SWATH vessel, but with powering and fuel consumption levels comparable to catamarans of more conventional form. The XSS hullform has already been adopted for demanding applications in the offshore energy industry, and is equally well-suited to explorer yacht applications where Owners may not want their enjoyment to be interrupted by the prevailing sea conditions.”

Claydon Reeves approached the design with a clean sheet of paper. “We were delighted when BMT Nigel Gee asked us to assist them in creating a luxury vessel on their XSS hull platform.” says James Claydon. “The extreme beam available only on a catamaran allowed us to set aside conventional motor yacht design principles and instead create a totally original exterior, clothing a practical yet intuitive internal arrangement.”

Project Oxygen superyacht - aft view

Project Oxygen superyacht - aft view

Oxygen superyacht’s exterior has been designed with a fully glazed appearance, promising masses of internal light and spectacular views out. The flush-sided, single volume deckhouse stands apart from conventional stepped and tiered superstructures.

Internally, guest accommodation is spread over three decks with the Owner enjoying forward views on the main deck with a private terrace.  Aft on the main deck, Dive HQ provides changing facilities for the day’s underwater activities and permits direct access to the water once the stern lift is deployed. The main saloon and dining room are situated on the bridge deck above, along with the VIP cabin, Captain’s cabin and senior crew accommodation. The remaining crew cabins are located on the lower decks.

Motor yacht Project Oxygen XSS - sub launch 1

Motor yacht Project Oxygen XSS - sub launch 1

Superyacht Oxygen XSS - sub launch 2

Superyacht Oxygen XSS - sub launch 2

Luxury yacht Oxygen XSS - sub launch 3

Luxury yacht Oxygen XSS - sub launch 3

Aft, a large dive store with decompression chamber and service area are located in the port side lazarette with the crew tender to starboard.  Above deck, an eight metre tender and five metre submarine rest whilst the fore deck helipad adds further exploration options for guests.

Rob Sime concludes: “BMT Nigel Gee is renowned for developing innovative hull designs allowing Owners to maximise the operability and enjoyment of their vessels. The unique features of the XSS hullform make it an ideal platform for a futuristic dive-explorer yacht, not only for the speed and seakeeping performance that it can offer, but also for the creative deck arrangements possible only with a catamaran. Our pioneering approach and unrivalled engineering experience allow us to work closely with free-thinking designers like Claydon Reeves, leading the market into the next generation of naval architecture and yacht design.”

Pendennis completes refit of the 42m Feadship superyacht Masquerade of Sole re-launched as the 47m motor yacht A2

July 19, 2012

Alongside the Pendennis Cup, Pendennis, a well known UK-based construction and refit company, had a double reason for celebration, with completion of an extensive refit of the 42m Feadship motor yacht Masquerade of Sole, originally constructed in 1983. The main aim of the refit was to completely transform the vessel into one, representing modern design as well as technology. After her re-launch as motor yacht A2, bringing to a close her intensive period in the yard, the superyacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) went through a series of motor trials in Falmouth Bay.

A2 superyacht on her maiden voyage

47m Feadship superyacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) on her maiden voyage

Feadship luxury yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) arrived at Pendennis in the spring of 2011 with the initial task being the complete removal of the vessel’s interior and systems leaving the base steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The owner appointed New York based Peter Marino Architect to design the contemporary and luxurious Owner and Guest areas.

Motor yacht A2 at her launch

47m Feadship motor yacht A2 at her launch

Naval Architects BMT Nigel Gee worked alongside the technical team at Pendennis which has extensive experience of stern extensions on vessels such as charter yacht Illusion. A2 superyacht’s hull was extended to 47m across all three decks, and the superstructure modified to incorporate an impressive full beam master cabin. This exterior transformation was complemented by a full paint job with A2 leaving the yard almost completely unrecognizable.

Luxury motor yacht A2

Luxury motor yacht A2

As well as the five metre hull extension and major superstructure modifications, the refit included re-engineering of all systems, new deck equipment, a rebuild of the engine room, installation of modern bridge technology and state of the art AV equipment. The majority of the interior layout has been re-configured, manufactured and installed by the Pendennis team who worked closely with interior build experts.

Motor yacht A2 - Dining

47m motor yacht A2 - Dining

Superyacht A2 - Main Saloon

Superyacht A2 - Main Saloon

Superyacht A2 - Cabin

Superyacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) - Cabin

A2 superyacht left the yard in July with not only her appearance enhanced but her performance significantly upgraded. She now comfortably attains 14 knots cruising with a significantly increased cruising range.

Motor yacht Masquerade of Sole before refit

42m Feadship motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) before refit

Luxury yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) - Interior before refit

Luxury yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) - Interior before refit

Technical Specifications of the Feadship superyacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole):

LOA (pre-refit)    42.35m / 139ft
LOA (post refit) 47m / 154ft
Beam (max) 8.08m / 26.5ft
Draft (loaded) 2.41m / 7.9ft
Hull Steel
Superstructure Aluminium
Refit Naval Architect Pendennis with Structural Engineers BMT Nigel Gee
Interior designer Peter Marino Architect
Interior layout Pendennis/Owner/Peter Marino
Number of Owner/guest cabins 4 x Guest Cabins, 1 x Master Cabin
Number of crew cabins 4 Crew Cabins, 1 Captain

Motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) - Before and After her refit

Motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) - Before and After her refit

Freire 73.60m Megayacht PEGASO delivered

March 15, 2012

73.60m motor yacht Pegaso, built by the Spanish Freire Shipyard and scheduled to be delivered just before the Monaco Yacht Show last September, was finally delivered to her Owner. Launched in 2011, the Pegaso superyacht is a spectacular expedition vessel, featuring naval architecture by BMT Nigel Gee and Associates, exterior design by H2 Yacht Design and interior design by Mark Berryman.

73.6m luxury motor yacht PEGASO

73.6m luxury motor yacht PEGASO

12 guests can be accommodated in luxury and comfort aboard the Freire megayacht Pegaso, looked after by an impressive crew of 27. She offers 6 spacious and comfortable cabins. Special features include a 9m submarine, an ice-class steel hull as well as a commercially compliant helipad.

Boasting a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure, the 241´ luxury yacht Pegaso is run by twin CAT 3,100hp, reaching a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Pegaso is built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards.

Well attended networking event organised by Superyacht UK

February 10, 2012

Superyacht UK started this year with a very well attended networking event, organised at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on January 26. More than 70 delegates were present, representing a wide section of the industry, including brokers, designers, builders plus equipment and service providers.


All the delegates were treated to a presentation by Martin Redmayne on the Superyacht Annual Report and economic impact study. The presentation covered the current global conditions and reflected on the past 5 years with the “one off” yards and builds on spec now largely removed from the market. It also covered how the UK is well placed to service the market given its strength in depth from build and design through to the strength of the London City institutions that form the back office functions of the industry.

Martin said, ”I relished the opportunity to present Superyacht Intelligence’s latest statistics and market analysis to our fellow Superyacht UK members.  The Superyacht Annual Report is available on the Superyacht Intelligence´s website now, and the full Economic Impact Study will be available in coming weeks. We know they’ll be used to inform and enhance company strategies, as well as helping to positively influence and educate governments as to the importance and global spread of our industry.”

After the presentation the delegates continued networking in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal Thames. James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee said, “I very much enjoyed the event, being able to network with all the other superyacht professionals in such a venue was a real bonus. I picked up many contacts, information and overview of the industry through the comprehensive statistics presented by Martin Redmayne.”

BMT Nigel Gee works with Henry Ward Design on the highly innovative Recreational Island

January 31, 2012

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, is happy to announce its partnership with Henry Ward Design in the development of the highly innovative ‘Recreational Island’.

The Recreational Island - Aerial Render

The Recreational Island by BMT Nigel Gee and Henry Ward Design - Aerial Render

Measuring some 10m x 8m when deployed, the design concept is a folding, floating platform, which in its folded position can be stored in a tender bay of a large yacht. Deployed using standard overhead tender cranes it can be towed by tender in its folded position to a preferred location – either into a shallow bay that the yacht cannot access, or simply to act as a stern extension to the yacht’s existing transom platform, thereby offering a large and flexible space for recreation, dining and relaxing.

The Recreational Island - Unfolding Render

The Recreational Island - Unfolding Render

An option to configure the island for use as a portable helicopter landing platform is also being investigated, with such a feature allowing existing yachts with no landing facilities, or new designs to have a flexible facility on board, without the need to sacrifice valuable deck space.

Henry Ward is a recent graduate of Transport Design and the concept was initiated as part of a final year project. Recognising the creativity of HW Design, BMT has invested in the undertaking of technical studies to assess technical feasibility and engineer the design further.

The Recreational Island - Helipad Render

The Recreational Island - Helipad Render

“This project is a perfect match for BMT Nigel Gee”, comments Yacht Design Director James Roy. “We recognise that creativity drives innovation and it is encouraging to see young designers such as Henry initiating ideas such as the Recreational Island. We are strong believers in recognising that the creation and development of new ideas is best accomplished in a collaborative manner – bringing together unique capabilities to achieve the optimum result.”

The Recreational Island - Garage Render

The Recreational Island - Garage Render

The team are also investigating the possibility of applying the Recreational Island into the hotel industry, as well as the military and events sectors. Henry Ward added, “We see many potential applications and whilst we continue to technically develop the design further, we are actively seeking a manufacturer who is interested in investing in the development of the product and bringing it to market.”