Monday, June 8, 2015 saw the all-new 77m expedition yacht YERSIN arrive in Monaco, where she will be officially presented in a ceremony to be attended by HSH Prince Albert II on Saturday, June 20. The impressive motor yacht YERSIN is both a private vessel as well as research laboratory, built by the French shipyard, Piriou. YERSIN left Concarneau port, where her construction started in June 2012, on May 12, with a stopover in Malta, before reaching Monaco’s Port Hercule on what was World Ocean Day.
Escorted by the Maritime Affairs Department and Yacht Club de Monaco, the 77m mega yacht YERSIN was greeted with a water salute from the fireboat and a chorus of horns blown by all the yachts anchored in the YCM Marina, dressed overall for the occasion.
“We are delighted to welcome a new vessel into the Yacht Club’s fleet, particularly as the owner is the first ambassador of La Belle Classe Superyachts. This ship has kept all her promises and commitments. It’s like the spirit of Calypso all over again. I wish her many a bon voyage,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco.
In accordance with the requirements of her owner François Fiat, superyacht YERSIN boasts all the technology presently available at the service of ecology. Moreover, she supports maritime values that the Yacht Club de Monaco label La Belle Classe Superyachts promotes, remarkably protecting the environment and promoting innovative technology.
M/V YERSIN has been designed to travel, explore and educate, in any conditions including ice exploration. Encouraged by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Museum, the vessel represents a tool to achieve a project called A.S.E. (Adventure – Science – Education).
“It is fantastic to receive such a warm welcome. I have dreamed of this ecological ship ever since I can remember. A real exploration vessel, designed for adventure, science and educating future generations. She is named Yersin in honour of Doctor Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943), a physician with Messageries maritimes merchant shipping company, to whom humanity owes a great deal as he discovered the bacillus behind the bubonic plague. I also wanted to use one of his phrases – “You are not truly alive unless you keep moving” – as the ship’s motto,” commented an emotional owner, Francois Fiat, on his arrival.