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Outstanding SEYCHELLES yacht charter special for Charter Yacht TITANIA (ex Apoise)

January 22, 2013

Measuring 72 metres, luxury motor yacht Titania (ex Apoise) is a beautiful, Lurssen-built vessel with exterior styling by Espen Oeino and impressive interior designed by Francois Zuretti. Charter Yacht TITANIA is one of the largest and most distinctive mega charter yachts in the world, offering the ultimate cruising experience. From her elegant and elaborate furnishings, to the luxurious owner’s cabin on the main deck, no aspect was overlooked in the design and appointment of this superior charter vessel.

Superyacht APOISE -  Main

Superyacht APOISE - Main

Usually available at a charter rate of US$ 550.000 to US$ 600.000 per week plus expenses, mega yacht TITANIA (ex Apoise) is currently available at a reduced charter rate of US$ 350,000 per week, plus expenses. The rate is valid for yacht charters taking place between January 14th and March 31st, 2013, in the staggering destination – the Seychelles.

Superyacht TITANIA -  Improved Sundeck

Superyacht TITANIA - Improved Sundeck

Titania was launched in 2006 and received a comprehensive refit in 2012. She was beautifully upgraded to include a new beach club and sauna, sun deck gym as well as a health spa, also boasting a new second master suite located on the upper deck.

Superyacht TITANIA -  Pool Deck

Superyacht TITANIA - Pool Deck

Superyacht TITANIA -  Upper Deck Spa Pool

Superyacht TITANIA - Upper Deck Spa Pool

The beautifully refitted luxury charter yacht Titania was recently nominated as one of the finalists in the 2013 World Superyacht Awards in the ‘Refit’ category and she was also amongst the finalists for the ISS International Design Award in 2012, in the ‘Best Refit’ category.

Superyacht TITANIA -  Upper Deck Master Suite

Superyacht TITANIA - Upper Deck Master Suite

Superyacht TITANIA -  Master Suite Stateroom

Superyacht TITANIA - Master Suite Stateroom

Accommodation aboard this uncompromising luxury vessel is offered to 12 charter guests in 7 cabins (plus 3 supernumeraries) who will experience the highest level of comfort and excitement. The vessel spreads over six decks and her outstanding special features include a spectacular and spacious sundeck with 360° views, a massive Spa Pool, sports bar, theatre, gymnasium and all-round Wi-Fi.

Superyacht TITANIA -  Aft Deck al fresco dining

Superyacht TITANIA - Aft Deck al fresco dining

Superyacht TITANIA -  Water Toys

Superyacht TITANIA - Water Toys

Charter Superyacht TITANIA (ex APOISE)

Year:2006 (Refit 2009/12)  L.O.A.:72 m (236.2 ft)  Beam:13.12m (43’ 04”) 
Max Speed:16 knots  Cruise Speed:14 knots  Engines:2 x 1,938 hp  
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:21 

Chartering a luxury superyacht in the Seychelles

If you are planning on chartering a yacht in Seychelles, well, be prepared to … cruise into the Paradise! One of the most beautiful places on earth, made up of 115 beautiful islands scattered in the Indian Ocean is there to welcome you and spoil you with its spectacular white sand beaches, washed over by turquoise waters and lush hills as a backdrop.

Seychelles

Seychelles - Paradise on Earth

Luxury yacht charter destination, Seychelles, is an ideal place to unwind and recharge, while enjoying one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful art pieces. There is so much to do, from bird-watching and observing giant tortoise in their natural habitat, to diving in the spectacular topaz-coloured waters of the ocean. You can also choose to simply lie on the beach, relax or enjoy a beautiful al-fresco meal aboard your charter yacht, in the company of your loved ones.

Should you tire of all that relaxation and desire some more action, you could choose to cruise toward Beau Vallon hub of Mahe’s tourism industry, home to a wide selection of excellent restaurants, dive centres, casino and many other exciting tourist activities.

Snorkelling in the Seychelles

Snorkelling in the Seychelles

For diving and snorkelling aficionados anchoring at Baie Ternay is a must! This marine park offers sublime beaches and crystal clear waters where dolphins often come to play in the early evening.

Your luxury superyacht charter vacation in Seychelles should also include a visit to one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth. Here you could spend the afternoon snorkelling the Cocos Marine Park, compared to an aquarium, or you could swim with the turtles right next door at the island of Felicite.

Seychelles - Image courtesy of OmniAccess

Seychelles

If you are ready to discover the Paradise and would like to have more information about how to get there, contact our friendly charter brokers here. We will provide you with all the information you need in regard to chartering a yacht in Seychelles and will certainly find the best suitable boat for an unforgettable charter experience.

Lürssen Group to purchase the Peene shipyard

December 19, 2012

The respected German luxury yacht builder, Lürssen Group, has been selected as the buyer of the Peene shipyard in Wolgast, as decided by the insolvency administrator, Berthold Brinkmann, in a meeting of the creditor committee. This decision is subject to approval by the creditors holding liens on the property.

78m luxury charter yacht TV built by Luerssen

78m luxury charter yacht TV built by Luerssen

The purchase agreement has already been concluded. As of May 1, 2013, the Lürssen Group will acquire the compact shipyard with its repair and new construction area. The purchase is also subject to approval by the Federal Cartel Office. The purchase price is less than 20 million euros.

Berthold Brinkmann: “Lürssen offered the best purchase price. Aspects particularly appreciated were the skill of the workforce and the know-how accumulated by the company, a special shipyard for naval and government agency vessels. The many years of successful cooperation, for instance when building the F125 frigate, and the trust gained from that also played a role in terms of the Lürssen Group’s decision to buy the company.”

The Lürssen Group has pledged to make offers for permanent employment to 285 people, as well as offers for 75 additional positions for employment limited to 24 months. In addition, all 65 trainees of the Peene shipyard will be taken on and their training will be continued.

The Lürssen Group is purchasing the buildings for the compact and repair shipyard but not the adjacent properties to the north and south, which do not belong to the main shipyard. They will be sold separately by the administrator.

Several interested parties from Germany and abroad are in talks with the administrator, Berthold Brinkmann, concerning the Volkswerft Stralsund shipyard.

Negotiations between the administrator and the DFDS shipping company are in the final stages regarding the anticipated order for two RORO special vessels. Today, the creditor committee declared itself in favor of the administrator’s recommendation that the two special vessels be built at the Volkswerft. Also, at the request of DFDS, the project will be supported by Wolfgang Stammer, the former managing director of Volkswerft Stralsund GmbH whom Berthold Brinkmann recruited to his team in September 2012 as senior advisor.

In the meantime, the operating company “Stralsunder Schiffbaugesellschaft mbH” was founded with its headquarters at An der Werft 5 in Stralsund. The partner is IMG Ingenieurtechnik & Maschinenbau GmbH (Rostock), and the managing directors are Reinhart Kny and Stefan Säuberlich. The Stralsunder Schiffbaugesellschaft will operate on behalf of the administrator within a contract for services framework.

The employees from the transfer company will be hired for a limited time. The managing directors are negotiating a tariff for the employees with the union IG Metall. As soon as the contract with DFDS is completed and production at the Volkswerft Stalsund shipyard is up and running again, the operating company will become active on behalf of the administrator with approximately 300 shipbuilders.

A very successful 2012 for Andrew Winch Designs

December 19, 2012

It has certainly been a remarkable year for the prestigious yacht design studio of Andrew Winch that has delivered 6 major yacht projects in 2012. The studio is very proud of them, as each one expresses the individual style of its Owner and represents the exquisite taste, detail as well as harmony this prominent UK firm loves to design.

87m Luerssen luxury yacht ACE designed by Andrew Winch

87m Luerssen luxury yacht ACE designed by Andrew Winch and delivered in 2012

Andrew Winch Yachts department delivered its second 65m motor yacht Sea Rhapsody, from the Amels Limited Editions 212, as well as the fresh and vibrant 87m megayacht ACE from Luerssen shipyard.

Beautiful interior of the 65m Amels superyacht Sea Rhapsody designed by Andrew Winch

Beautiful interior of the 65m Amels superyacht Sea Rhapsody designed by Andrew Winch

The studio also continues to proudly support several charities including “Kids Company” and the “BLUE Marine Foundation” and in its most recent fundraising challenge, 12 AWD team members raised £33,000 for the charity “Kids Company” by participating in an arctic biathlon challenge!

As 2013 approaches, Andrew Winch Designs looks forward to another wonderful year of successful collaboration with its partners and an exciting year across all 4 of its divisions: Yachts, Aviation, Architecture and Interiors.

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts with design by Andrew Winch.

New game presented by Lürssen: “Ping over Board”

December 18, 2012

Just in time for Christmas, the leading German luxury yacht builder, Lürssen, is delighted to launch its new App for the iPad “Ping over Board”, which is now available for free download at the Apple Store.

New Lurssen game "Ping over Board"

New Lurssen game "Ping over Board"

Standing on the deck of his fishing boat and scanning the horizon with his spyglass, Ping the penguin discovers a glamorous lady penguin aboard a large and elegant Lürssen yacht. Ping falls in love at first sight and leaps overboard in the hope of reaching her.

The task is to help love-struck Ping hop, jump and fly to his beloved without falling into the sea – and score as many points as possible along the way.

The distance to the yacht, and thus the difficulty of making Ping’s romantic dream come true, depends on the level one selects: “Rookie”, “Intermediate” or “Ace”.

Together with the Lürssen App this is a must-have for every iPad owner!

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.