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EYOS Expeditions’ Northwest Passage Transit On MV “The World”

December 07, 2012

This summer saw EYOS Expeditions, the leader in expedition services for private superyachts, add another “World’s First” to their list of accomplishments with the successful transit by the 43,000 ton, 196-meter long mv “The World” through the legendary Northwest Passage. Having reached Nuuk in Greenland, The World now represents the largest unsupported vessel ever to complete the full ocean-to-ocean transit.

EYOS Expeditions successfully completes the Northeast Passage

EYOS Expeditions successfully completed the Northeast Passage this summer

Expedition Leader & EYOS Partner Tim Soper said, “While we’re seeing less ice in recent years, the Northwest Passage can be a very challenging undertaking for any vessel. Fewer than 200 vessels have successfully completed the transit since explorer Roald Amundsen first did so in 1906. We work closely with Captains to enable them to comfortably and safely take their yacht through poorly charted areas and narrow channels.”

EYOS Expeditions worked with the owners of The World to provide an initial feasibility study and provided all planning, preparation, staffing and leadership of the expedition.

The EYOS team members had collectively guided over 20 individual expeditions through the Northwest Passage, meaning their combined experience accounts for more than 10% of all successful transits.

Beginning on August 17 in Nome, Alaska, The World navigated 26 days through 4,800 miles without icebreaker escort. Under the command of Captain Dag Saevik, and with the advice of a qualified ice-pilot supplied by EYOS Expeditions, The World stopped at several high Arctic communities, including Ulukhaktok (Holman), Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Herschel Island Territorial Park. In addition she made a number of remote expedition landings where residents disembarked by Zodiac for wildlife viewing (including polar bears, musk ox and walrus) and visits to historic sites.

Members of EYOS Expeditions had a unique chance to admire polar bears during their transit

Members of EYOS Expeditions had a unique chance to admire polar bears during their transit

EYOS Expeditions organized a number of activities onshore, including kayaking, hiking, zodiac cruising, wildlife viewing and fishing. The EYOS team of specialist lecturers and naturalists on board provided presentations on ornithology, wildlife, polar bear management, Arctic history, Arctic anthropology and Inuit culture.

A Bell 407 helicopter, arranged by EYOS Expeditions, was carried onboard for the duration of the voyage. In addition to being used for advance scouting of ice conditions, it provided clients with sightseeing flights and the ability to make high mountain landings for the best scenic views.

EYOS Expeditions Partner Rob McCallum said, “Every expedition carries some uncertainty, but this one proved to be an unqualified success. We saw 27 polar bears during our transit, had spectacular sunny days where we were able to kayak amidst stunning Arctic scenery, cruised through enchanting icy landscapes, and were warmly welcomed to Inuit villages. It would have been hard to improve on this historic voyage.”

Members of EYOS Expeditions kayaking amidst beautiful Arctic scenery

Members of EYOS Expeditions kayaking amidst beautiful Arctic scenery

The World’s transit was the first of two this summer for EYOS Expeditions. A 125-meter Lurssen expedition yacht, which is a repeat client of EYOS for expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, enjoyed an equally successful voyage transiting from east to west.

McCallum added, “We are seeing more and more yacht Owners becoming interested in the Northwest Passage and wanting to follow in the footsteps of great explorers. Whether on a full transit or a shorter exploration for those with time constraints, our expedition specialists and ice masters have a proven track record of delivering remarkable, once-in-a-life time experiences in this legendary passage.”

Sailor in the Pacific rescued by the 126m Mega Yacht OCTOPUS by Lurssen

December 04, 2012

As reported by AMVER (The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System), the 126 metre mega yacht OCTOPUS rescued a sailor in difficulty on a 38-foot sailboat name Sequel as well as assisted the skipper, who decided not to abandon his vessel. OCTOPUS provided the skipper on board the smaller boat with fuel, food and water, and the skipper then continued his voyage to California at 4 knots.The passenger who embarked on board Octopus was provided with medication for stomach aches and was later disembarked in Honolulu.

The 126 m mega yacht OCTOPUS by Lurssen - Photography by Niels M Knudsen

The 126 m mega yacht OCTOPUS by Lurssen - Photography by Niels M Knudsen

The rescue operation has taken place following a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) 645 miles south-west of San Diego, CA on November 15, 2012. The small sailing vessel was on her way from Hawaii to Catalina at the time of the EPIRB activation, just after their sails got damaged. U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel at the Eleventh District Command Center received the alert and launched a search aircraft from Sacramento and requested superyacht Octopus to divert and aid. The Lurssen built mega luxury yacht OCTOPUS was about 50 miles from the Sequel, reaching the sailboat in 3 hours. This is the second time since her enrolment in AMVER in 2011, that the 126-metre yacht got involved in a rescue.

Project GLOBAL superyacht launched by Lurssen

November 12, 2012

The respected German shipyard Lurssen successfully launched its 87-metre motor yacht project Global on November 9. Project Global superyacht was launched in the traditional fashion: down the slipway!

Launch of the 87m Lurssen motor yacht project Global

Launch of the 87m Lurssen motor yacht project Global - Photo credit: Klaus Jordan

Espen Oeino has given megayacht Global very harmonious proportions and with a length of 87 m and a beam of 13.80 m she boasts extraordinary volumes, accommodating all of the owner’s requirements whilst still maintaining sleek and very elegant lines.

Lurssen superyacht Global hits the water

Lurssen superyacht Global hits the water - Photo credit: Klaus Jordan

Project Global megayacht by Lurssen

Project Global megayacht by Lurssen - Photo credit: Klaus Jordan

Project Global yacht’s interior is designed by Reymond Langton and her delivery is scheduled for 2014.

Superyacht Global - side view

Superyacht Global - side view Photo credit: Klaus Jordan

Technical Specifications of the project Global superyacht by Lurssen

Name: Global
Loa: 87 m / 285’4’’
Beam: 13.80 m / 45’3’’
Builder: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Espen Oeino
Interior Designer: Reymond Langton

Lurssen launches motor yacht Project GLOBAL

November 12, 2012

November 9 in Rendsburg saw the leading German shipyard Lurssen launch its impressive superyacht project Global. The partially-finished motor yacht Global measures 87 metres in length over all.

Another beautiful 88-metre vessel just delivered by Lurssen - superyacht Quattroelle Photo by Klaus Jordan

Another beautiful 88-metre superyacht just delivered by Lurssen - megayacht Quattroelle Photo credit: Klaus Jordan

Lurssen has recently delivered another luxurious 88-metre vessel,  megayacht Quattroelle (project Bellissimo). She is designed by renowned Nuvolari & Lenard and provides beautiful and comfortable accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 stylish and spacious cabins.

More details about the voluminous 87m megayacht project Global are still to come.

Below is a choice of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

Lurssen luxury yacht BE MINE refitted by Royal Huisman’s Huisfit

November 09, 2012

The magnificent 40m (132′) motor yacht Be Mine (ex Leonora) was ready for updating and remodeling as well as a major refit program when she came to Royal Huisman‘s refit centre, Huisfit. Be Mine superyacht was launched by the leading German shipyard Lurssen in 1991.

40m Lurssen superyacht Be Mine (ex Leonora) refitted by Royal Huisman's Huisfit

40m Lurssen superyacht Be Mine (ex Leonora) refitted by Royal Huisman's Huisfit

The work schedule included paintjob of underwater body, steel hull and superstructure; construction work including updates to sun deck, main deck and portholes; replacement of teak decks; service work to board systems; interior modifications including updates to upholstery; updates to electronics (entertainment, navigation and communication) and to electrics.

Be Mine yacht’s Captain Mikael Andersson comments: “In a long career I have been to enough yards to understand that every project has its problems, and that every yard has its strengths and weaknesses. This was my first project with Huisman and what impressed me was their constructive response to whatever issues arose. I think this has something to do with continuity: they are one of the few yards left that is not constantly changing its management. They understand that taking care of their workers equates to taking care of their clients, and that’s something unusual in this industry. As for the project itself, the project management process was very good. I like the fact that you can level with the people and get straight answers while still enjoying the working relationship.

Guest cabin aboard Be Mine superyacht with new, enlarged porthole

Guest cabin aboard Be Mine superyacht with new, enlarged porthole

You can even talk to the workers and sub-contractors (which many yards would never allow) and bounce ideas off them to get to the heart of the matter. There is, in fact, a totally different work ethic here – you are invited to join project team meetings, which are very open, nothing is hidden from you, because what they are interested in is problem solving – that’s one of their great strengths. One unexpected issue was
their selection of a sub-contractor for the paint job. I was aware that subcontractors would be involved but I wanted to be sure of Huisman paint quality here. The yard team set out their reasons and their confidence in the result – most importantly for me, they emphasised that they will always stand behind the work.

The skills and standards in Northern Europe are vastly superior to those you will find in the Med: I expect the top yards to deliver top quality and we certainly got that here. As for budget and timing, it’s only natural on a project of this age that some unexpected things crop up, and they did. The budget and schedule had to be flexed to accommodate them, but otherwise we were comfortably enough on track.

Crew mess aboard luxury yacht Be Mine after refit by Huisfit

Crew mess aboard luxury yacht Be Mine after refit by Huisfit

Two things stand out from this project: first, a beautifully refitted and enhanced yacht; and second, having been made to feel every bit as important to the yard as any client for a major custom newbuild. The family mentality has gone from Wolter (who I knew), to Alice, and through to the team – right down to the last worker.”

More than 300m of yacht refit projects for Royal Huisman’s HUISFIT during 2011-2012

November 09, 2012

When the prestigious Dutch luxury yacht builder, Royal Huisman, established its custom refit service Huisfit in 2011, the goal was made clear. Huisfit would provide: “The perfect way to renovate, restore or maintain a fine yacht (Huisman build or otherwise) to the finest standards. Or to go a step further and enhance the yacht’s technical or lifestyle features as only the Huisman team know how.”

Huisfit refit: the 70m Lurssen megayacht Skat

Huisfit refit: the 70m Lurssen megayacht Skat

The attraction of that proposition (and the leading edge customer support and service that go with it) has been made clear by the award of some highly impressive refit projects such as the 90m / 305ft sailing yacht Eos, the 40m / 132ft motor yacht Be Mine (ex Leonora) and, most recently, the 70.7m / 231ft motor yacht Skat. In total, the projects undertaken or secured during the past 12 months amount to a 322.5m (1055ft) in combined length overall*.

* The full 2011-2012 list: 70.7m Lürssen Skat, 23.8m Truly Classic sloop Heartbeat, 90m three-masted Lürssen schooner Eos, 40m Lürssen Be Mine, 21m classic motor yacht Nixe II, 36m Royal Huisman motor yacht Arcadia, 41m Royal Huisman sailing yacht William Tai.

This success stems from a high quality package that is recognized to be innovative, flexible and competitive:
• Access to Royal Huisman’s Intelligent Engineering™ process, bringing together the yard’s exceptional infrastructure, technology and skills with leading Dutch marine industry specialists to provide a bespoke solution for every refit project.
• A choice of refit at the Huisman yard in Vollenhove or at selected deep water locations elsewhere in Holland.
• A very comprehensive range of refit, rebuild and reclassification services.
• Competitive prices, realistic budgets and reliable delivery dates supported by regular progress and financial reports.
• Exceptional facilities, hospitality and logistical support for owner’s project managers and crew, with 24/7 access to Project offices.
• A well-established yard that provides excellent aftersales service and can always be relied upon to stand behind its work.

40m superyacht Be Mine refitted by Huisfit

40m superyacht Be Mine (ex Leonora) refitted by Huisfit

Be Mine completed
The refit and transformation of the 40m motor yacht Be Mine is completed and following sea trials, she has sailed from the yard.

Skat and Heartbeat both sign Huisfit
The 70.7m (232ft) Lürssen motor yacht Skat is in Harlingen where Huisfit is undertaking a range of refit work under covered dry dock including: alterations and renovations to tender bay garage, new exterior furniture for main and bridge decks, changes to Spa Pool deck, a variety of system works and general works. The 23.8m (78ft) Truly Classic sailing yacht Heartbeat arrived in Vollenhove for painting, varnishing and upgrades of the electrical & board systems.

Huisfit at METS
Huisfit will be exhibiting on Stand #10.616 in the Superyacht Pavilion at the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam from November 13-15.

Superyacht QUATTROELLE by Lurssen completes sea trials

November 06, 2012

Launched by the leading German shipyard Lurssen on the 23rd August 2012, the 88m superyacht Quattroelle (project Bellissimo) underwent sea trials from 23rd to 25th October. The impressive motor yacht Quattroelle is due to be delivered this month.

88m Lurssen superyacht Quattroelle (project Bellissimo) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

88m Lurssen superyacht Quattroelle (project Bellissimo) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Megayacht Quattroelle is the first Lürssen yacht designed by Nuvolari-Lenard, who are responsible for the exterior as well the interior design.

Luxury megayacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury megayacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

“Quattroelle” stands for Love, Life, Liberty and Luxury.

Lurssen luxury motor yacht Quattroelle (project Bellissimo) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Lurssen luxury motor yacht Quattroelle (project Bellissimo) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury yacht Quattroelle (project Bellissimo) is a successful combination of elegance and sporty looks well on the way to become Classic. The size of the yacht with her massive volumes was a challenge, but with careful volume distribution and a proportion study, Nuvolari Lenard has achieved a sleek appearance of the vessel. The funnel design reminds us of the air scoop of a formula one car and with its inverted shape creates the distinctive silhouette of Quattroelle.

Below is a selection of the superb charter yachts built by Lurssen.

Sea trials for the 88m Lurssen megayacht QUATTROELLE (Project Bellissimo)

October 25, 2012

Launched by the respected German shipyard Lurssen in August, the breathtaking 88-metre superyacht Quattroelle (Project Bellissimo) is currently going through sea trials. Luxury motor yacht Quattroelle is designed by renowned Nuvolari & Lenard.

Lurssen Luxury Yacht QUATTROELLE

Lurssen Luxury Yacht QUATTROELLE (Project Bellissimo)

Lurssen megayacht Quattroelle boasts five large decks, providing plenty of exterior deck space for entertainment and relaxation. Beautiful and comfortable accommodation for 12 guests in total is divided in 6 stylish cabins.

Lurssen megayacht KISMET – the largest superyacht on show at the 2012 FLIBS

October 25, 2012

Measuring an impressive 68 meters in LOA, the breathtaking motor yacht Kismet (Project Falcon) is the largest luxury vessel currently on display at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Launched by the leading German builder Lurssen in 2006, the Kismet superyacht is designed by well known Espen Oeino, with the interior design by Reymond Langton.

68m Lurssen megayacht KISMET - Image by YachtMati

68m Lurssen megayacht KISMET (Project Falcon) - Image by YachtMati

Luxurious and comfortable accommodation for 12 guests in total is provided in 6 beautiful cabins. There is a master cabin, a VIP cabin as well as 4 double cabins. Superyacht Kismet also boasts a highly trained 22 crew.

Twin Caterpillar diesel engines can propel the 68-metre luxury yacht Kismet (Project Falcon) to the maximum speed of 16 knots. She can comfortably cruise at 14 knots. Featuring a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, Kismet is also equipped with Quantum Zero Speed 4 Fin to provide a more pleasurable cruising experience while aboard.

Below is a selection of the spectacular charter yachts constructed by Lurssen.

Colombo 32 Super Indios yacht tender for the 88m Lurssen megayacht QUATTROELLE (Project Bellissimo)

October 19, 2012

The Italian builder, Colombo Boats, is proud to present its latest Colombo 32 Super Indios yacht tender for the newly launched 88m Lurssen motor yacht Quattroelle (Project Bellissimo). The new Colombo 32 Super Indios Tender is designed by renowned Nuvolari & Lenard.

Colombo 32 Super Indios yacht tender

Colombo 32 Super Indios yacht tender

Like all Colombo models, Colombo 32 Super Indios yacht tender is made with great care using the best construction materials and precious finishing elements. Its purpose is to carry numerous passengers in total comfort. For this reason, it could be also the taxi of a luxury hotel on the water.

The walkaround deck is full of comfortable sofas which can be fully protected by Bimini at the bow as well at the aft. Special items, such as retractable steps, the tip bow, the ergonomic handles, have been specifically designed to facilitate the operations of embarking or disembarking, avoiding those uncertainties that passengers feel getting on or off the boats.

The retractable console dashboard permits to reduce the height of the building with a simple touch on a switch, thereby facilitating entry into the hangar of megayacht Quattroelle. The same maneuver protects the equipment when the Colombo 32 Super Indios yacht tender is mooring.

The hull navigates very safe with the ideal trim angle. The spray rails have been properly designed to avoid spray on the deck. There is a wide choice of engines, diesel or gasoline, on average from 220 to 270 horsepower, for a top speed of over 40 knots with short pitch propellers, suitably selected for full load navigation.

Lurssen Luxury Yacht QUATTROELLE (Project Bellissimo)

Lurssen Luxury Yacht QUATTROELLE (Project Bellissimo)

The joystick control makes easy maneuvering and mooring, even in difficult conditions.

The 32 Super Indios Tender is fully customizable, both in color and in setting. There are many accessories finely crafted by the skilled artisans of the yard which always make the Colombo motorboats eternally fascinating.

Dimensions and Technical Details of the newest Colombo 32 Super Indios yacht tender for the 88m Lurssen superyacht Quattroelle (Project Bellissimo):

LOA 9,71  m
Beam 3,09 m
Engines Volvo Penta from 2 x 220 hp up to 2 x 270 hp
Propulsion system Volvo Penta Duoprop Aquamatic
Dry displacement 5,5 ton
Fuel tank capacity 500 l
Water tank capacity 150 l
Design category CE B