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50-metre Tankoa superyacht S502 Elettra
The first boutique shipyard - Italian yard Tankoa Yachts, with a multicultural approach to yacht construction is proud to announce the sale of 50-metre model S502 Elettra to a European owner. The sales process was steered by Giancarlo Mussino of SINOS S.A.The launch is scheduled in February, 2019 with the scheduled delivery in May, 2019.Designed by Florence based Francesco Paszkowski, the second fifty meter Tankoa under construction model S502 Elettra is in terms of style a sister-ship to the first 50 meter Vertige delivered last summer. As onboard Vertige, she reveals a balanced and timeless style with a layout specifically designed for optimal circulation. Owners and guests can move from deck to deck without interference with crewmembers who have their own dedicated pathways for servicing the yacht, providing complete privacy for owners and guests.But the main innovation onboard this new 50m superyacht is her hybrid propulsion system with four different operation modes:1) Diesel electric mode - the electric motors are powered by the two variable speed generators, allowing for a 10.5 knots speed and a range of 4,900 nm.2) Hybrid mode - one of the two main engines drives feeds the same shaft electric motor to generate electrical power to run the second electric motor for propulsion and hotel load. At 12 knots, the yacht will have a cruising range of approx. 4,000 nm. The two diesel generators are inactive in this mode.3) Traditional mode - the yacht can sail at 17 knots using both main diesel engines for propulsion and a diesel generator for onboard services.4) Full-speed mode - with both main engines and generators supplying power to the two electric motors and for hotel loads, the yacht will reach a top speed of 18 knots.On the lower deck Elettra will be equipped with Gym and Beach Club, three VIP cabins with king size beds and two guest cabins with twin berths, plus crew quarters and service areas.On the main deck, the cockpit comes with an oversized sunbed, reversed U-Shaped sofa, coffee tables and a bar. On the same deck level, the interior comprises the spacious salon, galley, dining room and sumptuous master suite with office and day lounge equipped with fold-down balconies on both sides.The upper deck was designed around spacious outdoor areas for guest’s relaxation, with a dining table and access to the comfortable sky-lounge. The foredeck includes a solarium area and open-air lounge, all designed to offer the guests with maximum privacy.Comfort also reigns on the fly-deck, with relaxation areas that include sofas, sun-beds, up & down tables, a bar and a large Jacuzzi.
46-metre superyacht Lucky Me by Baglietto spotted in Rovinj, Croatia
In February, 2017 YachtHarbour has announced that Baglietto 46m Fast was sold and named Lucky Me. Few days ago, our reader Mark Cernela, port authority worker, spotted 46-metre Lucky Me in Rovinj, Croatia.Photo by Mark CernelaThe project was introduced in March, 2014 and launched as hull 10221 in May, 2016. Powerful, aggressive lines, further highlighted by the lead grey shade of the hull, characterize Lucky Me. The trapeze-shaped windows in the hull alternate with rectangular ones arranged on two different levels, enhancing the slender shape of the hull and giving a more contemporary touch to the yacht's outer profile. Another new element characterizing the exterior lines is the compact shape of the superstructure. Photo by Mark CernelaIn June, 2016 the yacht completed sea trials and later attended various shows including Versilia Yachting Rendez Vous, Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show. Great care is devoted to the outdoor areas, so as to allow passengers to be in closer contact with the sea when both cruising and at anchor. The aft area of the upper deck hosts an open terrace overlooking the sea furnished with a large table and a spacious sunbathing area.Photo by Mark CernelaThe interiors, also pencilled by Francesco Paszkowski Design together with architect Margherita Casprini, feature impressive volumes, rarely found on planning yachts of this size. The warm shades of rosewood used for lining and floors alternate with the colder white lacquered ceilings and side panels across the entire boat. The layout features the full beam master cabin located forward on the main deck and the guest area on the lower deck. The upper deck features a salon with conversation area, the captain’s cabin, and the wheelhouse, while the crew quarters, on the lower deck, include 4 twin cabins plus a single cabin and the dinette.Photo by Mark CernelaLucky Me was sold in February, 2017 through Marine Marketing for €28,000,000 and went on charter market through Camper & Nicholsons starting from €200,000 per week. Performance wise Lucky Me, entirely built in aluminium, can reach a maximum speed of 26 knots thanks to twin MTU 16V4000 M93L engines; one of the most important naval characteristics is the reduced draft of 2,10m and for this reason she can easily cruise in shallow waters. The yacht is classified with Lloyd's Register of Shipping and compliant to MCA standards. Check our Timeline platform to get the full access to our analytics platform, that offers you a detailed report on the timeline of each superyacht, real time market view to see the yacht market developing and much more!
A new shape for Southern Wind’s shipyard future after the death of Willy Persico
Previously, YachtHarbour has announced that the founder of Southern Wind Shipyard, Willy Persico passed away. Willy Persico’s untimely death caught his family, friends, partners and employees by surprise, but SWS’s founder and CEO left the shipyard well prepared for the future.Thanks to his diligent mind, his passion, commitment and foresight, Persico charted the route for a smooth transition of the shipyard by preparing the already existing management team for new responsibilities and selecting partners and shareholders who could guarantee the successful continuation of the shipyard that he was so devoted to.Southern Wind will now be run by the tightly knit team of his trusted SWS managers, who are also shareholders, with the fundamental backing and support of three SWS owners.Willy Persico left an interview in the occasion of the SWS 25th anniversary, that already outlined his plans for his shipyard’s future:“The shipyard, during its 25 years of activity, has invested significant resources in the selection and growth of management to create a strong, skilled and harmonious team which is now bearing fruit. Companies are made by people; at the Shipyard in Cape Town as well as at the offices of Pegaso in Genoa, I have my ‘pillars’ and I can count on their experience and advice from design to building and from marketing to customer care. In the future my team of managers will become the leader of the company to continue my way to build boats, or, maybe, their way to build boats.” THE MANAGEMENT TEAM SHAREHOLDERSMarco Alberti has been at SWS since 1994 and became General Manager 15 years ago. His heartfelt words express his sadness for Persico’ s sudden death and his gratitude for having worked with such an inspirational CEO. “Coming to terms with Willy’s death is a challenge for us. But he was an excellent tactician who has left us an example of passion and tenacity and a well-charted course to follow.”Andrea Micheli, who has worked with Persico since 2003 and became Pegaso Sales Manager in 2008 echoes Alberti’s words: “Southern Wind will continue to do what it does best and in the best possible way. We are honoured to take on Willy’s legacy and will continue to walk in his footsteps, moving with renewed commitment and energy towards our goals.”Alberto Del Cinque and Giampaolo Spera will flank Alberti and Micheli. Del Cinque began working at Pegaso in 1994 then became General Affair Manager in Southern Wind in 2000, and Spera has added on to two decades of experience as an executive in the nautical sector becoming Director of Southern Wind about two years ago.THE OWNER SHAREHOLDERSThe supporting group of shareholders is made of 3 passionate, faithful and committed owners, all of whom can be considered “paid-up subscriber” of Southern Wind values and philosophy. Among them, Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, Executive Vice Chairman of the Acciona Group and three times Southern Wind owner. He has these words: “Our mission will not be to substitute Willy, but to make sure that his vision and heritage go on for years to come.”The second shareholder/owner continues: “I have always considered SWS to be a family more than just a shipyard. It will be my pleasure and commitment to make sure that SWS continues to be a magnet for innovation, talent and positivity.” The third one concludes: “We all have experience as entrepreneurs on an international level and we will put that pool of expertise to work for Southern Wind so that it can continue to build the same seaworthy, elegant and performing yachts that we know and love.” While all the team will sorely miss Willy Persico, the future of the shipyard he so lovingly and diligently built is sure to be in good hands thanks to his careful and thoughtful planning.
80-metre Heesen's superyacht Project Cosmos with interior by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design
Previously, YachtHarbour has reported that Heesen sold its 80-metre Project Cosmos.Now, the Dutch yard is announcing that Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design has been appointed by the owners of Project Cosmos to design the interior of their new yacht.This is the third collaboration between Heesen and the award-winning Dutch studio. Previously, Sinot worked on the design of Azamanta, the first in the 55m Fast Displacement Steel class, and the 70m FDHF multi-award-winning Galactica Super Nova, Heesen’s largest yacht launched to date.At 80.07 metres, 1,700 Gross Tons and with a top speed of 29 knots, Project Cosmos will be the world’s largest and fastest full-aluminium motor yacht with conventional propeller propulsion system.The interior design for this exciting project is inspired by elements from nature. Natural mathematics, such as the Fibonacci sequence, form the basis for the interior architecture. Together with clear graphic lines the result is a clean architectural environment. Special, featured materials, such as backlit onyx, straw marquetry and crystal glass panels are framed within the architectural lines to emphasise the beauty of these materials.Custom design furniture elements constructed from glass, marble, metal, and various types of wood add the finishing touches to the interior décor. The shipyard’s main interior workshop is situated in Winterswijk, 120 kilometres from Oss, and provides more than 7,000 square metres of working space. Here, skilled cabinet makers work on up to five Heesen projects simultaneously, and is where all of the luxury areas are created. At the shipyard in Oss, 30 craftsmen work on the interior for all of the service areas.Project Cosmos, with exterior lines penned by Winch Design, is due for delivery in April 2022.
GCCM has appointed Luke McCaul to lead the customer experience
Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) has announced the appointment of Mr Luke McCaul to oversee customer experience and property management for the award-winning facility. Mr McCaul will bring to GCCM his extensive background in marina management and customer experience development allowing the facility to continue on its current growth trajectory with some exciting expansion plans in the pipeline.“Our aim at GCCM is to keep the facility at the top of its game by amassing the best possible team with the energy and creativity to do so. Luke adds a great deal to the team and we look forward to generating some new programmes and initiatives with him,” stated GCCM’s CEO, Mr Trenton Gay.Whilst McCaul will manage client facing activities and property management, he will work in closely with Mr Kevin Altera who is the General Manager, Business Development and Operations. Heading a team of over 30 dedicated staff, the duo will focus on promoting and driving a quality customer experience for existing and new marina and shipyard clients from around the globe.Originally from Brisbane, McCaul saw an opportunity to take his business marketing degree and professional skills to Abell Point Marina in the Whitsunday Islands when a new and progressive owner took over in 2013. “There is no reason a marina and shipyard cannot be run like a high-quality international hotel. Owners, captains and crew should expect and receive the personalised touch found in the accommodation industry – my time at Abell Point Marina proved as much. I am now looking forward to adding to GCCM’s customer focus with similar concepts for a working shipyard and marina,” explained McCaul.GCCM is the most awarded shipyard and marina in Australia encompassing 17.5 hectares of waterfront land on the Coomera River. The facility includes a 250 tonne straddlelift, 50,000sqm of hardstand, 75 metre work berths, eight refit sheds and over 80 onsite businesses employing more than 700 marine tradesmen.“It is no secret GCCM has growth plans not only for an adjacent larger facility in the near future yet also, we are actively attracting more and more superyacht refit and maintenance projects to the yard now. In doing so, it is fundamental our services and delivery are world class meeting the clients’ expectation and reflecting our standing in the global marketplace. Luke will be critical in this,” offered Kevin Altera.McCaul’s appointment is the latest in a series of announcements from GCCM including collaborations with Seal Superyachts, Benetti Yachts and IGY Marinas to support their clients in the Pacific. GCCM’s activities have not gone unnoticed as it was recently awarded the ‘Business of the Year – Superyacht Service Provider’ at the Australian Superyacht Awardsin May 2018. It is the latest award bestowed on the facility.McCaul’s appointment follows the recent resignation of Mr Steve Sammes whowas the GM Corporate Services for GCCM. Having been with the marina fornearly 12 years, Sammes is moving on to take up the role of General Managerat Sanctuary Cove Marina.About Gold Coast City Marina and ShipyardGCCM is situated on 17.5 hectares of zoned waterfront industry land whichfronts the Coomera River at Waterway Drive. The marina and shipyard form anintegral part of the 250-hectare ‘Gold Coast Marine Precinct’, the largest of itskind in the Southern Hemisphere. GCCM is located 20 kilometres from SurfersParadise and 70 Kilometres form the Brisbane CBD. All media enquiries shouldbe directed to info@gccm.com.au.Full list of GCCM’s Awards• MIA’s ‘Boatyard of the Year’ 2013/14• Superyacht Australia’s ‘Service Provider of the Year’ 2015• MIA’s ‘Boatyard of the Year’ 2015/2016• MIA’s ‘Dry Storage Facility of the Year’ 2015/16• MIA’s ‘Best Environmental Initiatives by a Marina’ 2016/2017• MIA’s ‘Employee of the Year’, Steve Sammes, 2016/2017• MIA’s ‘Marina Hall of Fame’ 2016/2017• MIA’s ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Industry’,Trenton Gay, 2016/2017• Australian Marine Industry Export Group’s ‘Industry Champion for theMarine Export Sector’, Trenton Gay, 2017• Superyacht Australia’s ‘Service Provider of the Year’ 2018