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Lurssen to attend Singapore Yacht Show 2014

February 28, 2014

The leading German builder Lurssen represents the latest addition to the fast expanding line-up of prestigious superyacht manufacturers, which are expected to attend this year’s Singapore Yacht Show. The shipyard, which has launched 50 superyachts, comprising 10 in excess of 100m, has a strong focus on the east and is looking to tap into the region’s increasing affluence and appetite for marine leisure activities.

Luxury motor yacht Solandge launched by Lurssen in 2013 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury motor yacht Solandge launched by Lurssen in 2013 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

“Lürssen has always been very active in Asia, not only with our yachting but also with our navy business. We feel that now the Singapore Yacht Show has developed into a very positive and busy event that gives us the opportunity to further enhance our activities in Asia,” commented Sales Director Michael Breman.

This is set to be a busy year for Lürssen, as it will be delivering three superyachts between 66m and 105m. The company joins a host of renowned superyacht builders that will be exhibiting at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show, including Alloy Yachts, Heesen Yachts, Perini Navi, Palmer Johnson, Gulf Craft and Rossinavi.

With an ever-growing number of vessels and companies on display, and Sunseeker Asia dubbing last year’s event “by far the best show in Asia”, there is a distinct buzz for the 2014 edition, which takes place 10 to 13 April at the ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove.

Singapore is home to an international business-focused population, ranking third highest city in the world for resident multi-millionaires, according to a 2013 WealthInsight report. It is also the burgeoning Asian wealth management epicenter, with total assets of S$1.4 trillion under management with 500 licensed players in the city-state.

As a result, the appetite for luxury goods in Singapore has never been stronger, and the Yacht Show has shown dramatic growth reflecting the desire for leisure pursuits befitting the affluent cosmopolitan locals. Over 11,000 unique visitors registered for the 2013 Singapore Yacht Show, with more than 70 vessels (22 over 20m) and 2,513m2 of exhibition space on display representing 100 luxury brands.

“We are delighted to welcome Lürssen along with the other key industry players to this year’s edition of the show. It goes to show that the opportunities in Asia are real and not just rhetoric,” says Singapore Yacht Show Managing Director Andy Treadwell.

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

Rodriguez Interiors among IY&A Awards 2014 Finalists with 85m mega yacht SOLANDGE

February 14, 2014

Boasting stylish and elegant interior design by Rodriguez Interiors, the impressive 85,10-metre mega yacht SOLANDGE (Project NIKI) has been announced as one of the finalists for in the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014. Luxury motor yacht SOLANDGE has been shortlisted for the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ award.

85m mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge (Project Niki) with interior design by Rodriguez Interiors - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Superyacht SOLANDGE is a 85.10m motor yacht, custom built in 2013 by Lurssen Yachts in Rendsburg (Germany). The yacht’s interior has been designed by Rodriguez Interiors and has exterior styling by Espen Oeino. SOLANDGE yacht has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure with a beam of 13.80m  (45’3″ft).

Luxury yacht SOLANDGE - Dining

Luxury yacht SOLANDGE - Dining

Rodriguez of Rodriguez Interiors comments on the design of the project: “Like every client and owner of a mega yacht this project was no different. As a designer you have a list of the owner’s wishes and wants and it’s your job to fit it all in with style and grace. Since I have had the privilege of knowing the owner and his family from previous projects it made this one all the more important to show them that my design skills could be pushed and that it exactly what they did. The owners visions of the boat were many but one that will always stick with me, is they wanted to walk on into a very elegant Main Salon. Which is what we accomplished by giving them two magnificent walls of back lit amethyst as the first thing you see and feel.

Superyacht SOLANDGE - Tree of Life

Superyacht SOLANDGE - Tree of Life

You are greeted by a Bechstein piano on the port side and a beautiful Venetian console and mirror on the starboard side. You are then in the luxurious world of MY SOLANDGE which exudes elegance, luxury and opulence as you walk through her beautiful wooden floors with borders of honey onyx stone and gold leaf ceilings with Schonbeck chandeliers dripping with amethyst rose quartz crystals. The Main Salon leads you into the lobby which showcases the star of the show, “The Tree of Life”, a lighted sculpture which is 50’ high and has more than 1200 points of light. This magnificent sculpture was created to fulfill the wishes of the owner, he always had a vision of something running the entire height of the vessel from the tank deck to the bridge deck and after many design trials we all decided on the beautiful art glass sculpture.

SOLANDGE Yacht - Cabin

SOLANDGE Yacht - Cabin

The Main Deck is where all of the guest cabins are located, which are all in a transitional design which encompasses a clean backdrop in the lines of the design but the wood veneers used give it a classical twist. Each cabin is designed the same with beautiful mother of pearl inlays in the pertaining colour way.  The guest companionway is special because we have designed this space for the guest to enjoy without needing to call the crew if they would like a late night drink or snack. There are four drawer refrigerators, an ice maker and storage area for the guests to help themselves. We also have a Nespresso machine and kettle for the guests to use at their leisure. There is also a guest office that can be converted to a cabin if needed. As you leave the Main Deck and go to the owner’s deck you have the owner’s suite which includes a private office, his dressing room and bathroom and her dressing room and bathroom and then the stateroom itself which overlooks the bow of the boat and has its own private Spa Pool. The owners suite has a beautiful array of handmade Italian furnishings which consist of a private dining area, a desk area for her with a leather inlayed top and a custom chest of drawers. The owners lounge is a more relaxed and casual environment than that of the Main Salon.

SOLANDGE superyacht - VIP Starboard Head

SOLANDGE superyacht - VIP Starboard Head

The owner told me that he wanted to walk onboard and as he went upwards from deck to deck, he wanted the vessel to feel more casual and relaxed until he reached his Sun Deck where we have designed it as a beach club feeling, “Nikki Beach”, onboard SOLANDGE. This includes a bar clad in gold and white Bisazza tiles surrounded by 14 bar stools covered in gold leather flanked by two TV’s for viewing pleasure of all guests and a Spa Pool with a clear dance floor that lays on top for parties that can be hosted by anyone using our DJ console and booth. The owner wanted every inch of this vessel to be special and have a meaning. It’s difficult to design 88 meters of “special” but I believe that we have accomplished this for him in a very controlled way. We have carried our theme throughout the vessel of back lit stone as well as mother of pearl inlays, carved glass, leather inlays and an assortment of exotic wood veneers. SOLANDGE, is a true representation of an owners dream come true. Every inch of the vessel was designed to accommodate him and his family with the designer’s vision of a grand and fulfilling project. “

65m mega yacht Project GRANTURISMO by Stefano Inglese Vafiadis

December 31, 2013

The respected German luxury yacht builder, Lurssen, has shared the renderings of the 65m mega yacht Project Granturismo by Stefano Inglese Vafiadis on their Facebook page. With luxury motor yacht Project Granturismo, Stefano has won the competition “Young Designer of the Year” at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2013.

65m superyacht Project Granturismo by Stefano Inglese Vafiadis

65m superyacht Project Granturismo by Stefano Inglese Vafiadis

Stefano describes his 65m superyacht Project Granturismo concept in his own words:

“A Grand Tourer (Italian: Granturismo) is a high-performance luxury automobile designed for long-distance driving. The term derives from the Italian phrase “gran turismo,” homage to the tradition of the Grand Tour, used to represent automobiles regarded as grand tourers, able to make long-distance, high-speed journeys in both comfort and style.”

65m luxury yacht Project Granturismo

65m luxury yacht Project Granturismo

Project Granturismo superyacht from above

Project Granturismo superyacht from above

The “Granturismo” yacht project is a hybrid boat. The exciting and aggressive profile of an open ship meets the versatility, practicality and huge outdoor spaces of an explorer vessel. Granturismo is inspired by the charm and silhouette of classic “granturismo” sports cars – chasing this spirit, it has an elegant appeal combined with innovative solutions, inside and outside, with original details inspired by automobile design, where the form always follows the function. This all creates a timeless allure.

65m mega yacht Project Granturismo - aft view

65m mega yacht Project Granturismo - aft view

Project Granturismo Yacht by night

Project Granturismo Yacht by night

Luxury yacht Granturismo is designed to deliver the same feelings as traveling with an open roof in a “masculine” sports car, gliding fast along a road or across the sea, finding freedom in the wind and the setting sun. Granturismo is a boat made to speak to the “non-rational” side of the human soul where our instincts lie, and it does what every ultimate exotic toy should – it places human emotions and joy of life in the forefront.

Aboard 65m mega yacht Project Granturismo

Aboard 65m mega yacht Project Granturismo

Project Granturismo Yacht - Exterior

Project Granturismo Yacht - Exterior

Newly delivered 180m Lurssen Yacht AZZAM designed by Nauta Yachts

December 09, 2013

October 22, 2013, was marked by delivery of the breath-taking 180-metre motor yacht AZZAM to her proud Owner. Besides being the largest yacht in the world, AZZAM yacht, beautifully designed by Nauta Yachts, is also holder of other impressive records, such as a power of 94,000 HP, a maximum speed of over 30 knots, as well as an impressively short building time of less than four years at Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, Germany.

180m Lurssen superyacht Azzam designed by Nauta Yachts - Photo by Klaus Jordan

180m Lurssen superyacht Azzam designed by Nauta Yachts - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Nauta Yachts signed the styling and exterior design of this leviathan, inspired by previous projects, such as Light 80 and Light 90, defined by elegance through simplicity, balance in design, always modern but not extreme. This philosophy has become in the time the trademark of the company, attracting clients with the same values.

Luxury megayacht AZZAM - aft view

Luxury megayacht AZZAM - aft view - Photo by Klaus Jordan

“All our efforts were concentrated to achieve a design defined by a strong character, but dressed by a timeless elegance, with the elements of a contemporary, modern architecture, able to represent a milestone in the superyacht fleet for decades,” says Mario Pedol, C.E.O. of Nauta Yachts.

Luxury superyacht AZZAM by night

Luxury superyacht AZZAM by night - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Technical Specifications of superyacht AZZAM

Loa: 180 m / 590’4’’
Beam: 20,8 m / 68’22’’
Draft: 4,3 m / 15’8”
Power: 94.000 HP
Speed: 30 knots

Builder: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Nauta Yachts
Interior Designer: Christophe Leoni
Technical Project Manager: Burgess

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts with design by Nauta Yachts.

Virtual reality tour of 88m superyacht QUATTROELLE introduced by Lurssen at FLIBS 2013

December 03, 2013

The outstanding 88-metre superyacht Quattroelle was launched by the leading German shipyard Lurssen last year and made her successful world premiere at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show. However, unable to bring luxury motor yacht Quattroelle to this year’s Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the yard showed the beautiful interiors of this impressive vessel by means of a virtual tour during the event. The company thus introduced the very first virtual reality booth in the superyacht industry, the photos of which can be found below.

Virtual reality booth

Virtual reality booth showing the interiors of Quattroelle Yacht introduced by Lurssen at FLIBS 2013 - Image courtesy of Lurssen Yachts

Virtual reality booth by Lurssen at FLIBS 2013

Virtual reality booth by Lurssen at FLIBS 2013 - Image courtesy of Lurssen Yachts

Virtual reality booth introduced by Lurssen

Virtual reality booth introduced by Lurssen - Image courtesy of Lurssen Yachts

Virtual reality booth showing the interiors of Quattroelle Yacht introduced by Lurssen at FLIBS 2013

Virtual reality booth - inside view - Image courtesy of Lurssen Yachts

Virtual reality booth by Lurssen from inside

Virtual reality booth by Lurssen from inside - Image courtesy of Lurssen Yachts

Below is a short video from the Lurssen Virtual Tour at the 2013 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.

180m Mega Yacht AZZAM by Lurssen Delivered

November 25, 2013

The prestigious luxury yacht builder LURSSEN is pleased to announce the delivery of the World’s largest luxury mega yacht AZZAM, on the 22nd October, 2013. In addition to being the largest yacht in the world with her length of more than 180 metres and an impressive top speed of over 30 knots, she adds another record in terms of construction time: less than three years from steel cutting, following one year of engineering.

Mega Yacht Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Mega Yacht Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

This enormous achievement was possible thanks to the guidance and leadership of Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi who is the principal designer and the man who defined the original creative idea based on his in-depth knowledge of the environment.

180m Azzam Yacht - Photo Thomas Joswig

180m Azzam Yacht - Photo Thomas Joswig

Motor yacht Azzam’s innovative and timeless design has been developed by Mario Pedol from Nauta Yachts. The interior design was created by the renowned French designer Christophe Leoni who is excited to have been able to realise a sophisticated and luxurious interior in a turn of the century Empire style.

Damen launch second Sea Axe 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel

November 12, 2013

Following a great success of the first Sea Axe 6711 Garçon, a support vessel to the breath-taking 87m Lurssen mega yacht ACE, Damen has now launched the second 67-metre Sea Axe 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel, sold by Dutch superyacht builder, Amels. It bears plenty of similarities to Garçon, although there are also some striking differences.

Rendering of the second SEA AXE 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel launched by Damen

Rendering of the second SEA AXE 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel launched by Damen

The second Sea Axe 6711 boasts an extensive dive area, designed specifically for scuba diving expeditions. The platform is also equipped with a LY2 certified helipad, with a maximum take-off load of 5,000kg and a D value (diameter) of 14. This makes the helipad sufficient to accommodate a Eurocopter Dauphin or Agusta Grand, for example.

The working deck of the latest Sea Axe 6711 is equipped with a crane with a maximum working load of 6,6 tons at a reach of 16,6 metres. Put simply, the crane is strong enough to safely manoeuvre a large tender such as a 12 metre J Craft Torpedo weighing 11 tons.

Aside from its striking and purposeful appearance, the Axe Bow is what really sets the Sea Axe apart from others in the world of superyacht support vessels. The unique bow and underwater body shape enable the Sea Axe to achieve speeds between 18-25 knots in all sea states, making this a fast and dependable support ship – whatever the weather.

Impressive 85m Lurssen mega yacht SOLANDGE (Project NIKI) delivered

November 11, 2013

Last Thursday, November 7, 2013, saw the impressive 85,1-metre mega yacht Solandge (Project Niki) leave Lurssen‘s Rendsburg yard to be delivered to Stavanger in the breath-taking yacht charter destination – Norway. Featuring sweeping forms, curves and lines, luxury motor yacht Solandge boasts a timeless exterior design by Espen Oeino, while her contemporary interior design is by Aileen Rodriguez.

85m Lurssen motor yacht Solandge (Project Niki)

85m Lurssen motor yacht Solandge (Project Niki) - Image credit to Klaus Jordan

A total number of 12 guests can be comfortably accommodated aboard superyacht Solandge, providing 8 beautifully appointed cabins. There is also a generous individualised owners’ deck and suite, together with accommodation for a numerous crew of 29 in 15 crew cabins.

With her efficient and inviting layout, luxury yacht Solandge will be an exciting addition to the global charter fleet, representing the very latest in high-end luxury cruising. With her highly trained charter crew, she will undoubtedly offer the ultimate experience to remember, cruising her first season in the Caribbean.

Recently launched 91m mega yacht Project ORCHID designed by Reymond Langton

October 28, 2013

Designed by the prominent London-based design studio Reymond Langton, the impressive 91-metre mega yacht Project ORCHID has recently hit the water at Lürssen in Germany. Luxury motor yacht ORCHID is due to be handed over to her new Owner in 2015.

Superyacht Orchid designed by Reymond Langton at launch

Superyacht Orchid designed by Reymond Langton at launch

Project ORCHID yacht’s harmonious design holds a beam of 14.45m, which boasts extraordinary space on board, accommodating all of the owner’s requirements whilst still maintaining sleek and elegant lines. Her contemporary interior includes a huge beach club and spa area on the lower deck and two guest cabins with sea terraces.

Luxury mega yacht Project Orchid

Luxury mega yacht Project Orchid

Below is a gallery for the magnificent charter yachts with design by Reymond Langton.

SYBAss board unanimously re-elected by General Assembly in Monaco

September 25, 2013

Taken place in Monaco on September 24, the General Assembly of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) hosted all but one of the member yards. They unanimously re-elected the current SYBAss board for a new three-year term, as well as discussed a range of exciting plans to extend the joint business-to-consumer approach being taken by SYBAss.

SYBAss

The General Assembly was welcomed to Monaco by Audrey Lorenzi on behalf of the Monaco Yacht Show. She outlined some of the ambitious plans for growth at the show over the coming years and stressed how much the event organisers valued the input and support of SYBAss members who will then be able to display even more of their yachts in Monaco.

Expansion of activities was also very much on the agenda as the General Assembly agreed to significantly increase its business-to consumer focus. An in-depth study commissioned by SYBAss over the past year has looked at how the top yards can engage the significant proportion of high wealth individuals around the world who have yet to consider purchasing a superyacht. London-based agency Jago Partners explained the consumer-oriented identity it has been developing for SYBAss in relation to external communications. The General Assembly agreed to the agency’s recommendations to significantly increase both the profile of and the budget for this approach. This SYBAss B2C strategy, which was first initiated a year ago, will now be further fine-tuned and expanded via an impressive range of activities.

One of the reasons why the SYBAss members are prepared to invest is the desire to leverage on the improving economic situation by introducing the superyacht lifestyle to a new generation of owners. There are more people capable of buying a superyacht than ever before and many of those who are capable of investing in their own pleasure have greater purchasing power than was the case prior to the current recession. This point was emphasised by Rutger Mohr of The Boston Consulting Group, who elucidated on the latest edition of the SYBAss Economic Report in a presentation aptly entitled ‘Bright spells on the horizon.’ Combining statistical data with information on the impact of the economy on the wealth of the SYBAss members’ target audience enabled Mohr to give a well-founded estimate of future demand in the superyacht industry.

Other speakers addressed the General Assembly on equally interesting topics. Jay Tooker of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP elaborated on business principles within the superyacht industry. Sofia Zyrianova, who has replaced Robert van Tol as Operational Director at SYBAss, provided an overview of the latest superyacht data collected by SYBAss. Last but not least, Jim Lee of Boat International Media provided superyacht market statistics related to non-members as part of the SYBAss Statistics Report.

The general air of positivity was further reinforced by the unanimous re-election of the SYBAss board – Michael Breman (Lürssen), Fabrizio Sgariglia (Perini Navi), Vincenzo Poerio (Benetti), Billy Smith (Trinity), Koos Zitman (Feadship) and secretary general Theo Hooning. “I see this very much as a tribute to the members of the board who have served SYBAss so well over the past three years,” concludes Hooning. “Despite having an incredibly busy schedule at their own yards, the board members have shown an exceptional willingness to travel the world and put the professional interests of the overall superyacht industry first. The fruits of their efforts are clear for all to see.”