Yacht Orca (now called yacht Palladuim) a 96m Blohm & Voss superyacht

Klaus sent in some very interesting new superyacht images of the Blohm & ...

Yacht Orca (now called yacht Palladuim) a 96m Blohm & Voss superyacht

June 15, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

Klaus sent in some very interesting new superyacht images of the Blohm & Voss 96 metre (314.96ft) Orca (now called yacht Palladuim) superyacht in Germany.  The ORCA yacht not only has an inspired name (named after the king of the sea the killer whale) but she has inspired yacht design by Michael Leach Design, in the Orca theme, with black and white markings and curved organic forms. A modern, powerful, innovative and futuristic superyacht, Palladuim is set to create quite a stir in luxury yachting circles and inspire media interest worldwide.

Motor Yacht ORCA - Superyacht Photography by Klaus Kehrls in Hamburg

One of the most important private luxury yachts now launched the 2010, motor yacht Palladuim is another testament to the yacht building abilities of the German builder Blohm & Voss Yachts. M/Y Orca is certainly a custom yacht in every respect with her unique and original design and innovation. In this new build project Blohm & Voss were able to make even the most complex and interesting design mandate come to life in this beautiful superyacht.

There are many adjectives that come to mind when looking at the early photos of yacht Palladuim– carnal, organic, curvaceous, sensual, powerful, evolutionary, majestic, and unique come to mind – but all in all she looks like something that is from and of the ocean. Surely this should be the highest accolade for superyacht builders and designers alike.

Superyacht ORCA - Aft Image - Superyacht Photography by Klaus Kehrls in Hamburg

Luxury yacht Palladuim’s almost sensual superstructure is very easy on the eye, but also it looks immediately different in setting itself apart from the other superyachts built to date. True, the styling reflects the mighty orca whale – and what a form in nature to mirror – but there are further structural as well as design differences because it is created from an advanced building system comprising a blend of steel, alloy and composites, as completed with innovative strengthened dark glazing.

The use of composites and glass in superyachts is in its infancy but many designers have taken up new materials and technologies and perhaps such techniques are a thing of the future now that Orca has lead the way.

Full details are yet to surface and there are no images of the Michael Leach interior as yet public. Yacht Orca is believed to feature interiors created by Silverlining and Metrica and has 8 guest cabins (some of them being full suites) thus accommodating 16 guests, a 16 m (52.49ft) beam.

From Michael Leach Design & SilverLinning:

“In this boat that will be delivered in 2010, the exterior form is reflected and sustained throughout the internal spaces. Michael Leach Design showed their fascination with organic design, taking inspiration from nature to create a fluid form and a strong, complex and dynamic structural design. Silverlining is working on 68 pieces of furniture, including 5m long bars and a 6m long dining table, which appears to be growing out of the floor. Achieving this effect posed special challenges for Silverlining: it had to build the large tabletop and support structure as single pieces. In addition it had to ensure perfect installation to the deck. The size of the table called for a lightweight and strong structure, and so Silverlining brought in composite material consultants from the Formula 1 industry to work with its in-house structural and audio-visual engineers to develop a solution.”

Powered by twin MTU 595 TE 70l Diesel engines, superyacht Orca can reach around 19 knots at top speed and can make 6000nm at her cruising speed of 14 knots. Yacht Palladuim will also accommodate two Cougar Marine custom yacht tenders on her sports garage space.

The Blohm & Voss Orca Yacht - Superyacht Photography by Klaus Kehrls in Hamburg

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