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Icon Yachts reveals newest conversion: ‘Project Ragnar’

September 15, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Icon Yachts has announced that it will undertake the conversion of M/Y SANABORG, a 2012-built support supply vessel with ice-braking capabilities that will become a luxury expedition yacht under the codename of PROJECT RAGNAR.

The conversion will take place at the facilities in Harlingen in the Netherlands and will result in a 68m/223ft luxury explorer yacht capable of a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

The conversion from SANABORG to PROJECT RAGNAR

The conversion from SANABORG to PROJECT RAGNAR

Redman Whiteley Dixon has created several concepts for the exterior styling and PROJECT RAGNAR will feature a Certified ICE Class A1 hull, plus ICE Class PC5 rated electric driven ice pods and will be LY3 class compliant.

The space currently occupied by tanks will be converted into living spaces, with room for a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool while still leaving room for storage of tenders and toys. She is currently planned to have a helicopter, a Sea Explorer submarine and even a luxury Ripsaw EV2 on board.

Once completed, PROJECT RAGNAR’s luxury facilities will include a massage room, sauna, gym, an ice pool and a snow room along with a spacious main salon and extensive outdoor living spaces.

The luxury Ripsaw EV2 tank

The luxury Ripsaw EV2 tank

Following the rebuild of the 1974 superyacht LEGEND (ex.GIANT), Icon Yachts has received countless enquiries for conversion projects. More information on the conversion of SANABORG into PROJECT RAGNAR will emerge at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Feadship launches dive-focussed custom superyacht Samaya

September 06, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Feadship has announced the launch of 69m/226ft expedition yacht SAMAYA, a custom vessel designed for world-wide cruising and diving in some of the world’s most remote and unexplored regions.

Expedition yacht SAMAYA at the Feadship yard

Expedition yacht SAMAYA at the Feadship yard

Created to a brief that called for autonomous function for extended periods at sea, superyacht SAMAYA epitomises the purpose of an explorer yacht and will head into uncharted regions with the goal of enabling scientists and the media to draw attention to rare and exotic species and the critical environments that they inhabit.

The dedicated dive centre in the aft of MY SAMAYA

The dedicated dive centre in the aft of MY SAMAYA

Among her facilities is a dedicated dive room in the stern that features a teal coloured floor, a metal and wood ceiling and plenty of space for a nitrox-enriched air system and benches and shelves placed for efficient operations.

To reach dive spots surrounded by reefs or mangroves that SAMAYA cannot enter, there are 2 tenders of 8.8m and 7.2m respectively. These will be stored in a main deck tender garage and launched through large side doors.
To aid in recovery from a dive, the main deck aft features a flat-bottomed plunge pool that can be heated to aid in the body’s recovery from cold-water dives. The interiors can also be heated up to 30°C instead of the usual 25°C for the same reason.

The living spaces are styled by Redman Whiteley Dixon with influences from multiple cultures that hold a fondness for the owner, including an ethnic lounge on the bridge deck that also acts as a media room for playing recently recorded dives. The guest suites were designed for and by the owner’s children and boast bespoke furnishings and individualised colour schemes.

Feadship motor yacht SAMAYA - Mast

Feadship motor yacht SAMAYA – Mast

The sundeck has been designed to provide a large platform for receiving large numbers of guests and the extensive outdoor space is crowned with two resting beds placed against the mast arch. With their own ventilation system, this resting spot can be closed off from the rest of the world by a curtain to create a quiet alcove after an underwater adventure.

Completed in less than three years, superyacht SAMAYA represents the strong work ethic and technical capabilities of a world-renowned luxury yacht builder. Feadship director Bas Nederpelt remembers meeting with the client to discuss the brief:

“After joining us at the 2014 [Monaco Yacht Show], the client came straight to the Netherlands with Joshua Lee from Lee Marine to see our facilities on the Sunday after the event and discuss a high-speed motor yacht with a large open sun deck.

“They then spent Monday and Tuesday with the in-house design and naval architect team at Feadship De Voogt translating the client’s fascinating ideas into the initial design. After several design iterations a Letter of Intent was signed on the Tuesday evening.”

SAMAYA’s owner was closely involved with each stage of production, and took part in monthly meetings that lasted several days to produce a superyacht closely matched to the requirements of the owner and the family.

Similar to a conch shell, SAMAYA has a pale white primary coating with a pink hue that is most noticeable at sunrise and sunset. A stripe of teal marks her waterline and the colour is linked to the memory of a rare blue-green fish the owner once came into contact with while diving. The silhouette of a back-lit manta ray completes the maritime theme and reaffirms the owner’s commitment to conservation.

Expedition yacht SAMAYA - Exterior

Expedition yacht SAMAYA – Exterior

The maritime theme continues with the flowing exterior hull shape and a giant back-lit manta ray symbol on fashion plates which reflects the owner’s commitment to conserving this endangered species.

“The owner shared stories about diving adventures as we studied shapes together to discover what it is that makes these underwater creatures so fascinating,” Feadship De Voogt designer Jan Schaffers explains. “Our conclusions were included in the design. A good example is the gentle yet powerful muscular shape of the side bulwarks, which echo the pronounced slender muscles seen on a bull shark.”

Superyacht SEMAYA is expected to be seen cruising in Asia and the South Pacific, where the owner often resides: Look out for her this winter season.

106m Sailing Yacht Black Pearl with Her Sails Rigged

July 23, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

First photos of the 106m sailing yacht Black Pearl with her sails rigged have now been released! This absolutely elegant vessel built by Oceanco was pictured in the Netherlands, where she has been undergoing her sea trials. 

Black Pearl under sails for the first time. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl under sails for the first time. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl was built for a Russian client and features the head-spinning design by the Italian design studio, Nuvolari Lenard. Her naval architecture is by Dykstra Naval Architects, who previously worked on a large amount of famous superyachts.

Black Pearl under sails. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl under sails. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Oceanco Black Pearl. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Oceanco Black Pearl. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl in Holland. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl in Holland. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl close up. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Black Pearl close up. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Aft view. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

Aft view. Photo credit Marcus Slabbers via Dutch Yachting

We are still waiting for more official information about Black Pearl from the shipbuilder and designers. However, it is now known that the internal volume of Black Pearl is 2,7000 GT. She was built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, as well as three rotating masts. Black Pearl can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins.

Read more about Black Pearl here.

Watch: Recently Delivered 110m Mega Yacht Jubilee in Gibraltar

July 10, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Oceanco 110-metre superyacht Jubilee has now been delivered. She has just reached Gibraltar, her first destination on the maiden journey. Jubilee still has the title of the largest superyacht ever built in the Netherlands. Watch close-up video of Jubilee docked at Gibraltar Mid Harbour Marina:

Oceanco Jubilee delivered. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Oceanco Jubilee delivered. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Mega Yacht Jubilee is the largest ever built by Oceanco. Her famous double-deck visual effect, developed by Igor Lobanov, visually enlarges the yacht. The interior design is by Sam Sorgiovanni, acclaimed superyacht designer, who has worked on a large number of luxury mega yachts. Jubilee has a helicopter operating deck, as well as a huge pool with an aquarium and a massive beach club.

Oceanco mega yacht Jubilee. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Oceanco mega yacht Jubilee. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Jubilee is able to accommodate 30 guests in 15 cabins, while her owner has a huge amount of private space on the dedicated owner’s deck.

“Our plans for JUBILEE’s first season are to cruise the Western Med,” says build captain Roy Dance. “But after that, who knows, this yacht is certainly capable of going anywhere in the world.”

Find out more about Oceanco here, or view a selection of Oceanco luxury superyacht available for charter now. Contact CharterWorld for more information.

Amels delivers superyacht LILI in the Netherlands

July 10, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

55m/180ft luxury yacht LILI from Amels has left the shipyard and successfully been delivered to her new owner in the Netherlands, where she will remain for the summer charter season.

Amels Limited Edition superyacht LILI at sea trials

Amels Limited Edition superyacht LILI at sea trials

A highly customised luxury yacht despite a delivery only 12 months after her sale, M/Y LILI features the interior styling of Laura Sessa and the exterior design work of Tim Heywood, both of whom worked with the owner’s team to ensure that everything was in-line with the owner’s desires.

Among her features are 3 folding balconies, 6 suites, a 3-metre extension on the sundeck to create 175m²/1,900ft² of deck space, a 4 metre long pool with counter-current jets, folding port and starboard bulwarks in the main deck dining room, and a VIP suite on the main deck with a folding balcony.

Motor yacht LILI is the fourth delivery by AMELS this year in the Limited Editions range. To find out more about her current charter availability, contact CharterWorld.

106m Sailing Yacht Black Pearl on Follow-Up Sea Trials

June 13, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The 106-metre mega sailing yacht Black Pearl (also known as Project Solar or Oceanco Y712) was spotted during her follow-up sea trials in the Netherlands. Black Pearl was launched in 2016 by one of the leading shipbuilders in the world, Oceanco. She was designed by Nuvolari Lenard, while her naval architecture was developed by Dykstra Naval Architects.

Sailing Yacht Black Pearl on sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Sailing Yacht Black Pearl on sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

This incredible luxury vessel boasts three rotating masts, a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, with a total internal volume of 2,700 GT. Featuring lots of luxury living space, Black Pearl offers her guests a large number of great amenities. She is believed to have two spa pools and an enormous beach club. Black Peral also has ample storage for her water toys and tenders.

Sailing Yacht Black Pearl. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Sailing Yacht Black Pearl. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

She was designed to accommodate 12 guests in 6 lavish cabins.Her auxiliary power comes from a pair of CAT engines, which provide a top speed of 17.5 knots.

SY Black Pearl on sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

SY Black Pearl on sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

We will be bringing more details on this mega yacht, as soon as the shipyard unveils more information. You can find out more about Oceanco superyachts here.

110m Mega Yacht Jubilee Returns from Sea Trials

June 08, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The largest superyacht built in the Netherlands, Project Jubilee has just returned from sea trials. Project Jubilee was designed by Lobanov Design and measure 110 meters.  Launched by Oceanco earlier this year, Project Jubilee has naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects and interior design by Sam Sorgiovanni

110m Superyacht Jubilee returns from sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

110m Superyacht Jubilee returns from sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Oceanco’s masterpiece, Project Jubilee, has a beam of 16.40-metres and a gross tonnage of 4,5000 GT. She has won the hearts of many, as the exterior design with a multi-level visual effect is one-of-a-kind and is, indeed, a striking feature of the vessel. Project Jubilee has a fully-certified helicopter operating deck, a huge swimming pool, and a large beach club.

Jubilee is back from sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Jubilee is back from sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

This massive luxury yacht can sleep 30 guests in 15 staterooms.

Superyacht Jubilee returns from sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Superyacht Jubilee returns from sea trials. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Motor yacht Project Jubilee is a turn-key project,  currently listed for sale, which includes outfitting, furnishing, and watersports equipment.

Superyacht Jubilee returns from sea trials. Rotterdam. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Superyacht Jubilee returns from sea trials. Rotterdam. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

You can find our more about Project Jubilee here or view superyacht built by Oceanco here. It was reported by a few news outlets earlier this year that the yacht was belived to be called Al Menwar. 

Superyacht Video: Oceanco’s 110m Jubilee on Sea Trials

May 01, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Launched in February 2017, mega yacht Project Jubilee is the largest ever built in the Netherlands. This head-turning vessel was built by the bespoke shipbuilder Oceanco and designed by Igor Lobanov. Jubilee is now undergoing her first sea trials in Rotterdam, where she was photographed by Dutch Yachting.

Jubilee on her first day of sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

Mega Yacht Jubilee on her first day of sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

Below is the video of  Jubilee being transported on her first sailing trials in Rotterdam.

The naval architecture of Jubilee was developed by Azure Naval Architects. The superyacht world still awaits the official photos of her interior design, which was created by Sam Sorgiovanni.

110m Mega Yacht Jubilee on sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

110m Mega Yacht Jubilee on sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

Holland’s largest yacht to date, the 110.1m: 360’11” Jubilee, left the Oceanco shipyard in Alblasserdam this morning for its first day of sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

Holland’s largest yacht to date, the 110.1m: 360’11” Jubilee, left the Oceanco shipyard in Alblasserdam this morning for its first day of sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

Mega yacht Jubilee is truly unique, as she boasts some incredible features, such as a large pool deck with an aquarium, a huge beach club, a helicopter operating deck, and lavish accommodation for 30 guests.

M:Y Jubilee - Oceanco. Sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

M:Y Jubilee – Oceanco. Sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

Oceanco mega yacht Jubilee on sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

Oceanco mega yacht Jubilee on sea trials. Photo- © Dutch Yachting & @thenauticallady

After sea trials, Jubilee is expected to cruise the Mediterranean this summer.

Drone Video of the Luxury Expedition Yacht LEGEND

April 26, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Brought back to life in 2016, luxury expedition charter yacht Legend returned to the Netherlands. She was rebuilt by Icon Yachts last year and since then travelled to some incredible places, including Norway and Antarctica. Watch her drone video below showcasing the head-turning exterior of this icebreaker.

LEGEND superyacht - photo courtesy of Diana Yacht Design

LEGEND superyacht – photo courtesy of Diana Yacht Design

Legend is a 77.4m fully classified Class I icebreaker, which can cruise anywhere in the world. Diana Yacht Design was responsible for the exterior profile, while Jan Verkerk teamed up with Thom Beerens to create the interior.

The luxury explorer yacht Legend carries a lot of water toys and various tenders. She also hosts a helipad for easy access to the most remote locations and can store a submarine and two snowmobiles.

Some fantastic luxury amenities are found onboard Legend. There is a fully equipped gymnasium, a Balinese Spa with sauna, Jacuzzi, and a beauty salon. Total relaxation at the end of adventure and exploration is guaranteed when chartering motor yacht Legend. Snuggle up in a lounge with a book or watch a movie at the Movie theatre, or take a dip in the swimming pool – the entertainment and leisure options are endless.

You can view photos of Legend cruising the icy waters of Antartica here.

MY LEGEND is offering a special weekly rate of EUR 475,000 (including the rental of the onboard submarine) for a charter between the 1st and 8th of June from Illulissat to Nuuk, Greenland. If you would like to charter motor yacht Legend please contact your preferred charter broker now.

Charter locations:
May to 19th of June 2017: Greenland/ Northern Europe
July / August / September 2017: Mediterranean
December 2017 to February 2018: Antarctica/ Patagonia

 

Insights into the construction of Oceanco Superyacht Hull Y716

April 24, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

It has been reported that the aluminium superstructure of Oceanco Hull Y716 was transferred from Gdansk, Poland to Zwijnenburg Shipbuilding in Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands. Also known as Project Yasmin, Oceanco Hull Y716 is scheduled for a launch in 2017. If the project is completed on time, the 95m superyacht Hull Y716 will become the largest yacht launched in 2017.

Oceanco superyacht hull Y716 project Yasmine - currently in built. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Oceanco superyacht hull Y716 project Yasmine – currently inbuilt. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Although Oceanco Hull Y716 is a mysterious yacht project, on which the details have not been unveiled yet, it is known that bespoke designer Espen Oeino and Terrence Disdale worked on her exterior and interior design respectively.

Oceanco Hull Y716 Project Yasmin - superstructure. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Oceanco Hull Y716 Project Yasmin – superstructure. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Oceanco Y716 being transported from Poland. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Oceanco Y716 being transported from Poland. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Such a huge superyacht is believed to provide accommodation for a total of 14 guests and 27 crew members.

Oceanco Y716 on the move. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Oceanco Y716 on the move. Photo credit ©Dutch Yachting

Oceanco‘s superyachts Project Y717 and Y718/Project Bravo are currently under construction at the shipyard.

Watch the brand new video of Oceanco Hull Y716 arriving in Holland by ©Dutch Yachting: