The International Superyacht Society has created an award to recognise and celebrate the innovation and achievement of luxury yacht designers and builders that adhere to the Passenger Yacht Code.
“The purpose of the 13-36 Passenger Yacht Code (PYC)… is to provide design criteria, construction standards and other safety measures for yachts carrying 13 to 36 passengers so as to minimise the risk to such ships, to the personnel on board and to the environment.” – The Red Ensign Group (Passenger Yacht Code Fifth Edition – January 2015)
The PYC Design Award will be judged based upon criteria from one of the authors of the Passenger Yacht Code and it will become a permanent addition to the ISS’s other respected design awards:
- 20-40m power
- 40-65m power
- 65+ power
- 24-40 sail
- 40m+ sail
- Best interior
- Best refit
Derik Wagner, ISS President, commented, “We believe that building a yacht to any code is challenging and remarkable. We also believe that those professionals and owners that have designed and built a PYC yacht should be identified and encouraged to continue in the development of technologies and design solutions that meet the most challenging yacht building codes while meeting the highest living environment and aesthetic achievement.”
Since only a few yachts have currently been built to the Passenger Yacht Code and this is the first year of issuing the award, the International Superyacht Society has decided to include all PYC yachts delivered up to and including 2016. For 2017 onwards, the award will select eligibility using the same time frame as the other design awards: yachts built from the 1st of May until the 30th of April in the following year.