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Celebrity Cruises and Meyer Werft celebrate keel laying of Celebrity Reflection Cruise Ship

September 15, 2011

Celebrity Cruises celebrated the keel-laying of the fifth in its stylish, five-ship Solstice Class series, Celebrity Reflection, at shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The 500-ton block measuring 66-ft by 118-ft was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane, and commemoratively placed on a collection of coins, consistent with tradition. Doing the honors of placing the obligatory coins under the first block in the grand hall of building dock II was Mr. Jarmo Laakso, the cruise line’s Project Director.

Celebrity Cruises and Meyer Werft celebrate keel laying of Celebrity Reflection Cruise Ship

Celebrity Cruises and Meyer Werft celebrate keel laying of Celebrity Reflection Cruise Ship

Celebrity Reflection is the 10th ship to be built for Celebrity Cruises by Meyer Werft. The two organizations’ collaboration began in 1988, with the building of the former Celebrity Horizon. And in a unique twist, Celebrity Reflection shares the same trio of numbers as designated by Meyer Werft to the first Celebrity ship built at the yard: The former Celebrity Horizon’s shipyard number was S-619; Celebrity Reflection’s is S-691.

Celebrity Reflection’s energy balance is on par with the other ships of the series: All electric consumers operate with high energy efficiency, while special underwater paints with greatly improved resistance reduce the required propulsion power. Heat exchangers make use of the generated warmth, and the extensive heat- and cold recovery system implemented on the predecessors can be found on this ship as well. For the lighting, highly efficient illuminants and a large number of LED lights will be used.

Manfred Knoop Head of Group (Meyer Werft), Jarmo Laakso Project Director (Celebrity Cruises), Uwe Wulf Project Manager (Meyer Werft), Lambert Kruse Managing Director (Meyer Werft).

Manfred Knoop Head of Group (Meyer Werft), Jarmo Laakso Project Director (Celebrity Cruises), Uwe Wulf Project Manager (Meyer Werft), Lambert Kruse Managing Director (Meyer Werft).

The predecessors Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse and the recently delivered Celebrity Silhouette are successfully established in the market and are still pioneers in the energy efficiency sector.

Awlgrip Hosts inaugural Yacht Management Symposium in London

September 14, 2011

A world leading manufacturer of yacht coatings, Awlgrip presented its inaugural Yacht Management Symposium in London on 31st August 2011. The one-day event included a series of open panel sessions and presentations from Awlgrip representatives, covering a range of areas including the development of products, technical service, paint quality and finish standards, as well as regulations.

Awlgrip Hosts inaugural Yacht Management Symposium in London

Awlgrip Hosts inaugural Yacht Management Symposium in London

Chris Toole, Awlgrip Senior Global Product Manager comments: “With the increasing significance of Management Companies in technical management of major projects we appreciate the necessity of a collaborative approach to building mutually beneficial relationships. We want to work together with the Management Companies in order to keep projects moving forward, and we believe we can be a valuable partner and resource for delivering quality and compliance.

“We were pleased with the attendance and response we had and will certainly be looking at something similar in the future, both in Europe and North America.”

A key aspect of the symposium was to give participants access to the immediate Awlgrip team present and the wider base of field staff that are supported by these core experts.

Delegates included representatives from Burgess, Burness Corlett Three Quays, Camper & Nicholsons, Edmiston Yacht Management, John Winterbotham & Partners, Ocean Independence, Royale Oceanic, Solent International, and Yachting Partners International (YPI).

The event was a great success with positive feedback received from all delegates. Peter McCarthy of Camper & Nicholsons remarked: “I enjoyed the day; it was informative and I learnt a good deal. I will, in the future, make more use of Awlgrip’s technical department’s expertise if needed.” Mike Worthington-Leese of John Winterbotham & Partners found the event “Very informative, with useful and lively discussion.”

As well as the detailed sessions and forum held during the day, delegates also received a preview of the topics that will be covered in a newly developed Awlgrip training course on paint quality. Delegates were also given the opportunity to suggest areas that they would like to see included. The course is designed to help project managers set specifications for individual yacht projects and will be available from early 2012.

Luxury charter yacht BIG FISH in London

September 09, 2011

The expedition (explorer) superyacht BIG FISH, the 45m (147′ 7″) yacht designed by Greg Marshall Design and launched by McMullen & Wing New Zealand in 2010 has recently visited London en route to the Monaco Yacht Show 2011. Motor Yacht BIG FISH is seen here cruising the Thames River, passing under the raised Tower Bridge.

Powerfully styled, expedition Motor Yacht BIG FISH is a fantastic example of modern blue water stable, functional and comfortable exploration superyacht design and build. She is available for select charters in the South Pacific, Tahiti, Antarctica, Northern Europe and elsewhere

Motor Yacht BIG FISH

Year:2010   L.O.A.:45.00m (147' 7")  Beam:9.00m (29' 6") 
Max Speed:16 knots  Cruise Speed:10 knots  Engines:Caterpillar 3508B DI-TA 1 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10  Crew:10 

There are more details about Motor Yacht BIG FISH here.

MGMT partner with Royal Docks 2012 for Olympic Games in London 2012

September 05, 2011

MGMT is pleased to announce they have partnered with Royal Docks 2012 for the Olympic Games in London 2012.



The Royal Docks will be the premier destination for Superyachts visiting the Olympics  next summer and is expecting more yachts than ever before to make London their destination for the summer.

MGMT, the leading Superyacht concierge for London 2012 will provide an unrivalled number of services to visiting yachts including Olympic tickets, berths, VIP water transport to and from Olympic sites, the very best in hospitality venues and all usual Superyacht services including aircraft and helicopter charter, cars and provisioning.
“The partnership of our two companies means visiting yachts will not only benefit from a secure, spacious and easily accessible location, but also from our concierge services the moment their berth is booked.” states Mark Upton Director of MGMT. “This fantastic alliance will provide visiting yachts with what is essentially a one stop shop for all their needs during their stay in London. However the huge additional benefit is that our concierge service is free to all yachts booking through MGMT or with the Royal Docks themselves.”

Royal Docks 2012 and MGMT are also planning a high-end hospitality suite on site offering a range of additional luxury and yachting services for the guests of visiting yachts. MGMT will have a permanent 24 hour presence during the games in order to ensure the needs of all their clients are met as quickly as possible.

Bookings are being taken now for berths from 20m to 160m and with limited availability both ROYAL DOCKS 2012 and MGMT urge interested Owners, Captains and management companies to make contact early in order to avoid disappointment.

Erdevicki Superyacht Design opens representative office in London

August 29, 2011

Erdevicki Superyacht Design of Vancouver, Canada, in the run up to the Monaco Yacht Show in September, is pleased to announce the opening of the London Representative office in the UK.

The office is located close to both London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick for easy access to direct flights for visits to clients anywhere in the World. The office is staffed by two senior representatives engaged in the sales and marketing activity of the Ivan Erdevicki design studio of innovative, unique and highly personalised super-yachts.

Iliya Kovacevic, the sales director with many years experience of capital project sales and management on an international level with special attention to client liaison and client satisfaction. His original background was in shipbuilding and marine equipment design.

Mico Pavlovic, the marketing director with a wealth of experience in tourism, sport and leisure industries and also commodity trading in international markets, with marketing as his specialty throughout his career.

Ivan Erdevicki, naval architect and CEO believes the Company’s strategy illustrates the importance it attaches to London as the centre of the super-yacht industry with

a high concentration of discerning clientele. ERDEVICKI superyacht design is a leading designer of yachts, which boasts a considerable portfolio of work with leading yacht building yards in Europe, USA and the Far East.

Marina Port Vell joins Griffin Yacht Club at Monaco Yacht Show 2011

August 22, 2011

Griffen Marine Travel and its Griffin Yacht division are pleased to announce that Marina Port Vell will be one of ten sponsors of the Griffin Yacht Club at the Monaco Yacht Show 2011.

“We are extremely pleased to have Marina Port Vell join us,” says Pieter Rieder, Griffin’s SVP Commercial Development, adding, “Having purchased the Marina in 2010, Salamanca’s exciting plans to make it home to some of the world’s largest yachts is very important to the industry and we’re gratified that they chose to showcase it at the Griffin Yacht Club.”

Griffin is hosting superyacht Captains and Crew in an exclusive lounge environment directly outside the Monaco Yacht Show in the famed restaurant Le Saint Benoit five floors above the harbour.

Strictly for actively serving yacht crew, the Griffin Yacht Club will be open daily during the show and will offer complimentary breakfast and lunch along with an open bar just steps from the Designers Gallery and opposite the Chicane Entrance to the show.

“We are delighted to be among a handful of sponsors of the Griffin Monaco Yacht Club, providing the ideal communal setting for captains and crew to take time out and relax during the four day event,” says Gabriel de Sandoval, Marina Port Vell’s General Manager.

“We believe that in supporting the Monaco Yacht Show we are providing captains and crew with a taste of the exciting redevelopment plans projected in Barcelona over the forthcoming year, whilst also cementing Marina Port Vell as one of the most highly anticipated and elite superyacht marinas in the world.’’

The State of the Industry Review 2011

August 11, 2011

All of the speakers for The State of the Industry Review 2011 have now been confirmed. The State of the Industry Review 2011 is co-hosted by Superyacht Business and Andrew Weir which is a free event by special invitation only that takes place on Thursday, 15th September at the Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU.

The speakers for the State of the Industry Review 2011 include Isabell Huet, sales manager of Blohm & Voss who will present ‘The Refit and Repair Market in 2011′. Jim Barclay of Lloyd’s Register who will present ‘Port State Control and the Paris MOU’, Mark Feltham, executive director of superyachts at Willis Insurance, who will present ‘Superyacht Insurance Today — and into the Future’, and Justin Turner, head of the superyacht practice at London law firm Curtis Davis Garrard who will present ‘Refits: Key Contract Issues to Consider’. The moderator for the Review will be the managing director of Andrew Weir Yacht Management, Steve Corkhill.

Isabelle Huet
Blohm + Voss | The refit and repair market in 2011
Isabelle is the sales manager at Blohm + Voss Shipyards in Hamburg, Germany. Over the past 10 years she has represented the yard at numerous international shows and events and has been actively involved in some of the industry’s most iconic new builds and most complex refits.

Justin Turner
Curtis Davis Garrard | Refit project management
Justin is a partner in the shipping law firm Curtis Davis Garrard where he heads up its superyacht practice. He specialises in shipbuilding, conversion and repair, and sale and purchase, and is routinely involved in the negotiation and management of build contracts for most types of vessels, including superyachts.

Mark Feltham
Willis Insurance | Superyacht insurance today — and into the future
Mark is executive director of superyachts at Willis, the world’s third largest insurance broker. His 14-strong specialist team handles insurances for some of the world’s most prestigious superyachts and currently his clients include three of the world’s five largest yachts, 12 of the largest 20 — and 28 of the largest 100.

Jim Barclay
Lloyd’s Register | Port State Control and the Paris MOU
Jim joined Lloyd’s Register in 1991 as an advisor on safety issues. As Port State Control became increasingly critical his expertise broadened to include this vital area and he is now in charge of Lloyd’s Register’s Port State Control. He is also manager of the Target Ship Section within the Classification Group.

Steve Corkhill
Andrew Weir Yacht Management | Moderator
Steve began his maritime career in 1972 when he joined P&O Containers as an engineering cadet. After working his way through all engineering ranks he joined Andrew Weir in 1997 as fleet manager. Today he is MD of Andrew Weir Yacht Management and a member of the Lloyd’s Register and Bureau Veritas technical and insurance committees.

Date: Thursday 15th September 2011
TIME : 1430hrs to 1730hrs
Venue: IPC Media Theatre, Blue Fin Building,
110 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SU

London 2012 Olympics to draw largest number of superyachts ever seen on the Thames

July 29, 2011

With one year to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games one thing is certain – London will play host to the largest number of superyachts ever seen on the Thames at one time. This spectacle, sure to become a tourist attraction in its own right will provide a massive boost to the UK superyacht industry and prove London and the Thames to be a successful if different destination for yachts of all sizes.

London 2012 Olympics to draw largest number of superyachts ever seen on the Thames

London 2012 Olympics to draw largest number of superyachts ever seen on the Thames

“We are very excited to see such levels of interest from yachts so far” Says Mark Upton, Director of MGMT. “We were always confident yachts would book for the Olympics but expected this to happen later in the year once the summer charter season ended. We have made a huge effort to keep the industry informed of our concierge services and also the fact that the popular tickets, hospitality, and services will sell out very quickly. It seems our efforts are paying off and the bookings are being made early to ensure visiting yachts receive the full benefit of all the services available.”

It is expected, based on the interest so far that London, England can expect to see at least 30 Superyachts on the Thames for the Olympics next summer.

IMarEST collection now at at Lloyd’s Register’s offices in London

July 21, 2011

Lloyd’s Register has taken delivery of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) library giving the collection a secure new home and assuring its preservation for the future.

The historically important IMarEST collection – which consists of more than 390 linear metres of material – now resides at Lloyd’s Register’s offices on Fenchurch Street in London.

Lloyd's Register Information Centre - Location Map

Lloyd's Register Information Centre - Location Map

“Like our own collection, the IMarEST library is one the great resources still available for current and historic information concerning maritime history, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore engineering and ocean technology. It was absolutely vital that this collection be preserved to continue to provide the public with a rich sense of one of our traditional industries,” said Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s Register. “Part of our mission as a UK-registered charity is to advance public education within the engineering and technological disciplines. It is through acts like this that we continue to fulfill that mission.”

The IMarEST was established in 1889 and is the largest international membership body and learned society for marine professionals with over 15,000 members worldwide. The move was made necessary by IMarEST’s relocation this summer to smaller premises, which would not have had room to house the collection. By offering the library a new home at the Lloyd’s Register Information Centre, the organisation is ensuring that this important resource remains available to the public and to the institute’s members.

Against a backdrop of widespread library closures in London and with many specialist collections under threat, hosting such an important resource ensures that this unique part of IMarEST’s heritage remains  available to provide researchers with marine engineering, technical and scientific knowledge.

“The Institute is delighted that our incomparable collection will be housed in such ideal surroundings, remaining in the City of London, and open to all our members and to a wider audience interested in marine affairs,” says IMarEST’s Interim CEO, Fiona Morris.

“In addition to thanking Lloyd’s Register on behalf of the Institute, I would like to pay particular tribute to the hard work of James McRae, the Institute’s Information and Knowledge Manager. He has worked with Lloyd’s Register to ensure the smooth transfer of our vast collection from Coleman Street to Fenchurch Street, harnessing online tools to ensure all members are kept fully informed, and is now driving forward institute plans for future online services. He has done a magnificent and highly professional job.

“We are extremely proud of our collection in its new and very permanent home and look forward to making use of it on a regular basis and meeting many of our Members when they visit the Lloyd’s Register library.”

The IMarEST will continue to provide its members with information and knowledge services and a virtual library online providing e-books. It will also continue to hold the institute’s publications and some current specialist books.

Lloyd’s Register’s historic archive and library was founded in 1852 at the bequest of Principal Shipwright Surveyor Augustin Francis Bullock Creuze, FRS, and a founder member of the first Royal School of Naval Architecture. Nestled in the heart of the City of London, the organisation’s information centre provides access to its historic archive, plus a full collection of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships – dating back to 1764 – and associated publications and material.

“This is a great opportunity to combine our collections, each complementing the other, and to build upon the good work undertaken by the information staff of both IMarEST and Lloyd’s Register,” Information Centre Manager Barbara Jones said. “There is a significant amount of work involved in maintaining an active archive and library, so we are ensuring that further resources are made available to assure a successful amalgamation of our two collections.”

The collections are open to the public Monday to Friday between 09:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30.

Oyster 625 Sailing Yacht nominated for European Yacht of the Year

July 19, 2011

The new Oyster 625 sailing yacht Blue Jeannie that was launched earlier this year to great acclaim at Oyster Marine’s  Private View in London, has been nominated for the best Luxury Cruiser in the European Yacht of the Year awards. The innovative new Oyster 625 yacht boasts a modern profile and contemporary styling and is a winner both above and below decks.  There are already seven owners who have already placed orders for the 625 Oyster yacht.

Oyster 625 sailing yacht nominated for European Yacht of the Year

Oyster 625 sailing yacht nominated for European Yacht of the Year

Oyster 625 sailing yacht nominated for European Yacht of the Year.

Oyster 625 sailing yacht nominated for European Yacht of the Year.

Despite her generous size, the Oyster 625 sailing yacht is set up for easy, short-handed sailing for those owners who prefer to sail without crew. However, with an interior option that allows for a forepeak layout for a full-time crewmember, giving the potential of five cabins onboard, combined with her spacious, flush aft deck – the perfect spot for sun lounging or entertaining – the 625 is as well suited to occasional charter as she is for comfortable family sailing.

A fresh look at interior design and detailing has given the accommodation a clean, contemporary feel with new joinery, upholstery design, shower rooms and hardware. Together with Oyster’s choice of interior timbers and finishes, the Oyster 625 allows owners to create a really stunning onboard living environment.

The spacious saloon is fitted with triple ‘seascape’ vertical windows, which fill the saloon with light and give a fantastic view over the water while seated below deck, a real superyacht feature.

The accommodation onboard Oyster 625 sailing yacht Blue Jeannie  features two generous guest cabins, each with its own heads and shower, a sumptuous aft owner’s suite, which is full beam and has private access to the aft deck and a fourth cabin that can be configured as a workshop, guest cabin or a children’s cabin with access from the master cabin. The linear galley on the 625 offers significantly more storage than on previous models with space for a full size washer-drier and dishwasher as well as the standard front-opening fridge and freezer.

Available with a Standard, Shoal or SuperShoal keel, the 625 can be configured to meet every owners’ cruising requirements.

The sailing yacht Blue Jeannie will be displayed at this year’s Southampton, Cannes and Genoa Boat Shows, so don’t take our word for it, come and see this stunning new yacht for yourself.

The Oyster 625 will be available for sailing trials for a limited number of journalists immediately after the Cannes and Genoa Boat Shows.