Espen Oeino was born and brought up in Norway. Completing naval architecture studies in Normandy, he further worked his way from employment with UK designer Martin Francisto to building his own renowned design company based in Monaco. Espen Oeinio is nowadays considered one of the most influential exterior designers in the yachting world, with his project REV, the largest vessel ever, currently being built in Norway. Yacht Harbour takes a look over some of his most legendary works.
#1. Ocean Victory
Length: 140 m
Ocean Victory was built for Russian billionaire steel magnate, Victor Rashnikov and delivered in 2014. At the time of delivery, she was the largest superyacht constructed in Italy and the 9th largest yacht in the world.
This seven-deck vessel is packed with such alluring features as 6 pools spread out over her 7 decks, an internal foldable dock hosting a 14-metre tender, a helideck with lifting platform and internal helicopter hangar and a spacious (over 300 m2) spa zone. As to accommodation capacity, she can house up to 36 guests on-board.
Length: 156 m
Currently the world's largest yacht by gross tonnage with 15,917 GT of interior volume, Dilbar has once redefined the notion of space in yachting. She became Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov's, valued by Forbes at $16 billion, third yacht and the third yacht to bear the same name, after the businessman's mother.
With the yacht’s beam of 23 meters and a deep draft of 6 meters, cabling used on board stretches over 1,100 km with guests and owner's spaces totally combined to 3,800 square meters of living space. What is more, Dilbar was the largest yacht, featuring a diesel electric power plant from an engineering standpoint.
Ever since her delivery in 2016, Dilbar has been drawing great attention of press as well as social media users around the globe. Her travels throughout the Mediterranean have been essentially documented, with photos of her taken from almost every possible angle.
Nothing less than the largest superyacht in the world once completed, this is one of the recent ambitious projects designed by Oeinio. REV is currently taking shape at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania.
Built for environmental research missions in partnership with WWF Norway, the Research Expedition Vessel (REV) will also be available for charter for recreational purposes and expeditions.
By virtue of her purpose, REV is designed for long-term operation in remote and harsh waters without external support, able to operate autonomously for up to 114 days. The ship will be equipped with laboratories and hi-tech instruments for exploration of the entire marine ecosystem, able to analyse, document and collect.
REV’s robust exterior lines and modern features ensure she is able to cruise in both arctic and tropical areas alike, with her hull built to ICE PC 6 for navigation in ice. The yacht will also deploy mini-submarines and actual submarines, drones and helicopter, while overhead cranes can lift and launch equipment weighing up to 20 T over the side.
With a beam of 22 metres, REV will also become the largest yacht in the world by gross tonnage of 16,000GT, reportedly overtaking Alisher Usmanov's Dilbar by 100 GT. When in expedition, the vessel will be able to accommodate up to 90 people including the crew.
According to the information from social media, DreAMBoat was built for US billionaire and owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team Arthur Blank, who is valued at $4.7 billion by Forbes. Her delivery is scheduled to summer 2019.
DreAMBoat is trademarked with generous overhangs from the superstructure and cut outs in the bulwarks lending her classic and strong appearance. The vessel’s exterior features numerous large windows offering panoramic views. Swimming pool aft at the main deck, a partially closed sundeck with Jacuzzi and plenty of seating and entertainment zones and a private Jacuzzi at the Owner’s deck
Her impressive interior volume of 2,950 GT allows accommodation for 23 guests on-board, along with up to 33 crew members.
#5. Silver Fast
Builder: Silver Yachts
The vessel represents one of the most advanced and eco-fuel efficient vessels built by Silver Yachts. She is one of the world's largest and fastest aluminium motor yacht with conventional propulsion in terms of length to speed ratio. Silver Fast is capable of crossing the Atlantic at approximately 22 knots cruising speed.
Silver Fast’ alluring amenities include a winter garden, helipad, outdoor cinema, Jacuzzi with capacity for 8 people, a spa area fitted with sauna, steam room, beauty salon and a gym. She can accommodate up to 18 guests in 8 cabins on-board.
The yacht that won the Monaco Yacht Show Award for Best Exterior Design in 2014. Espen Oeino has created harmonious lines and balanced proportions for the yacht, encasing a vast selection of outdoor living, dining and entertainments zones.
Solandge’ panoramic top deck plays host to a beach club area with customised dance floor, Jacuzzi and a bar while the bridge deck is ideal for relaxation and casual al fresco dining with a spacious seating area. On the bridge deck, there is also a fully-equipped health spa featuring massage room, sauna and gymnasium leading out onto a glass-edged plunge pool.
The yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in 7 staterooms on-board, including a panoramic master deck featuring 180 degree windows, and a private deck with spa pool.
At the moment of sale in 2017, Solandge was asking €155,000,000.
#7. Flying FOX
Delivered in March, 2019, Flying Fox is the world’s 14th largest yacht at the moment of writing. Nonetheless, she boasts the most elegant and graceful exterior design, maintaining striking looks despite her massive volume of 9,100 GT.
This superyacht’s key features include two helipads, capable of hosting the largest helicopters. Another highlight of the vessel is the large swimming pool located aft of the main deck. Flying Fox also boasts vast sea terraces, swim platforms for watersports.
This superyacht is owned by Shadid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon, who is also the owner of the Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kismet is stretching over five decks, designed with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, thus suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. As an innovative feature, Kismet boasts video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork.
A large swimming pool and Jacuzzi area, spa zone, movie theatre, an outdoor fireplace and winter garden can be found among the yacht’s luxury amenities.
The yacht’s entertainment and design characteristics have been attracting top artists and events on-board. For example, Jay-Z and Beyonce were spotted on-board last year, while Netflix filmed Kismet in party scene from its biggest production so far, "Six Underground".
At the time of writing, Octopus remains the largest explorer yacht in the world, not surpassed in 16 years from her launch. She belonged to Paul Allen, one of Microsoft founders, who passed away in late 2018. Allen once described his yacht: "Octopus is less a Bentley than a Range Rover".
As part of this, the yacht is fitted with two submarines, one of which can dive for up to 8 hours with 10 people on it; the second submarine can be remotely controlled. Octopus is capable of accommodating 26 guests in total, with up to 57 crew members. Other amenities found on-board include a second helipad, a swimming pool and a music studio as well as a courtyard-like set up on the third deck of Octopus occupied by guest space.
Despite her expedition nature, the yacht has been much favoured by the world’s first-class celebrities, with Mick Jagger recording an album in on-board studio in 2011 and Usher, U2 and Johnny Cash listed among other performers.
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven and The A group developed a 115 metre explorer concept. The extraordinary Apex has a range of 9000 miles, carries two 20 metre tenders and a helicopter in its own hangar.Apex is a 115-metre long and 18.50-metre wide full custom yacht with a volume of around 8000 gross tons. The robust exterior of the explorer was developed by The A Group from Monaco, the naval architecture comes from Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, where Apex will also be built. The concept behind this extraordinary yacht is called "without limits". No area is too remote or too rough for Apex not to reach. André Stegmann, Senior Project Manager at Lloyd Werft, comments: “Apex meets the demand of today's customers for stable, spacious and at the same time extremely robust yachts par excellence: the bow, which is almost four decks high, can cope with the heaviest weather and is also ice-going.” Up to 22 guests and 48 crew members travel on board and could cruise up to 9000 nautical miles non-stop at 16 knots. The exterior of Apex explains Matt Pegrum, Yachting Director at The A group, as follows: “It is characterized by large open spaces, especially at the stern. Standout features are two extra large and 20 metre long tenders parked to the side of the superstructure and launched via cranes and the infinity pool that forms the transition from the helipad to the party deck.” Even the side walls of the 12-metre pool are glazed and extend over the height of nearly an entire deck. Contrary to the rather open stern view, Apex gets a massive bow giving the explorer a powerful identity as well as a "ship-like" character and ensuring Apex safely reaches her destination even in very rough conditions on open sea. The yacht's exterior look is also defined by large window areas consisting of the largest panes ever used on a yacht. Behind the glazing, Apex's superstructures provides 2400 square metres of luxurious living space for owners and guests. The interior design will be completely customized to the owner’s requests. The A group developed an extremely progressive and unparalleled general arrangement for Apex that already amazes in the aft section. Beneath the fully certified helipad Apex shows a dedicated hangar for the helicopter to safely carry it even in adverse conditions. Also at aft and waterline level you will find the spa area including gym and massage room; a multifunctional room a bit further in front can be used as an infirmary. Guests sleep on the main or upper deck, with two of the four VIP suites each sharing a private saloon. The owner uses his own deck with dressing rooms, bathrooms, an office and a lounge, from which he has direct access to the party area and the infinity pool at the stern. Very remarkable are the two salons of Apex. On the upper deck, it has a spacious dining table for up to 26 guests. On the main deck, there is a cinema/conference room to port and an entertainment area to starboard with various game tables, including one for pool or snooker.Credits: Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven
September 22, 2021
Just a few days after the announcement of the construction “on speculation” of a second RSY 38m EXP, a letter of intent has been issued and signed.This is the second LOI signed in few days after the already announced one for a 40m Explorer signed during the Cannes Yachting Festival.In that case the owners are European sailing enthusiasts.“The owners of this second 38 metre were enchanted by the sturdiness of the boat with its ample volumes and efficient use of space. During the sea-trial the silence of the interiors and especially the sensation of being aboard a sailing boat while relaxing on the balcony of the owner’s suite, were the decisive factors in their choice. Naval architect Sergio Cutolo and his team in Hydro Tec will once again work alongside us for the naval engineering, the design of the exteriors and the layout of the interiors. Delivery is planned for August 2023,” said Andrea Giora, Sales & Marketing Director.Motor yacht Emocean, the first RSY 38m EXP and the first yacht ever to have been built by the Rosetti Marino Group and its subsidiary Rosetti Superyachts Spa, premiered at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021 has been welcomed as a sensation by experts and public, so much as to have been recognized with the coveted award “Revelation of the year” at the 2021 World Yacht Trophies.“By displaying Emocean at the Cannes Yachting Festival, we have attracted the attention of boat owners who are looking for an extremely reliable shipyard. Rosetti Marino Group’s experience in building commercial vessels, strengthened by ongoing investments and all those skills developed and enhanced by converting our experience to pleasure yachting, will allow us to satisfy the requirements of the market niche that believes us to be their best answer,” concluded Ermanno Bellettini, Chairman & Ceo of Rosetti Superyachts. Rosetti Superyachts is an italian shipyard founded in 1925, located in the famous city of Ravenna, builds ocean-class steel boats 40-50 meters long.Credits: Rosetti Superyachts
September 22, 2021
Turkish shipyard Venture Yachts announces the launch and delivery of its latest largest boat to the owner. Abydos, built from carbon composite fiber, is 43.9 meters long and has a beam 8.4 meters. Her gross tonnage is 372 GT.The interior and exterior design was developed by Omega Architects, while her naval architecture was created by Laurent Giles Superyacht Architects.On two decks of the yacht there are five cabins that can accommodate 11 guests. Abydos is powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesel engines, giving her a maximum speed of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 11 knots. Yacht's maximum range is estimated at 3,600 nautical miles.Venture Yachts is a shipyard founded by a naval architect and marine engineers with experience in yacht building; especially in custom composite motor yachts. With in-house engineering capabilities and project management experience gained from numerous projects ranging from 24 to 60 meters, Venture Yachts promises a well-designed and engineered custom yacht for every single project.Credits: Venture Yachts
September 22, 2021
Feadship will unveil its latest Feadship Future Concept at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show. Synthesising the very latest thinking on how owners and their guests actually enjoy their time on superyachts, the 81.75m Pure is also fully future-compatible in terms of likely developments over the next decade in propulsion and efficiency.From X-stream in 2006 to Choice in 2016, Feadship regularly made waves in the superyacht sector by releasing a Future Concept. These deep dives into the likely requirements of the next generation of owners by Feadship’s designers and naval architects were all based on client’s feedback, long brainstorming sessions and in-depth research studies. An impressive number of the ideas posited by these groundbreaking concepts have since seen the light of day on Feadship builds including the hybrid propulsion pioneered by F-stream, the low fuel consumption suggested by Breathe and the desire for eco-friendly design showcased by Aeon.Five years on, a meeting of the finest Feadship minds in terms of design, engineering, innovation and construction has resulted in the striking Future Concept Pure. Featuring the purest architecture both in its sculptural exterior profile and stunning open-plan interior, Pure is designed to offer a true sense of connectivity and togetherness for all who come aboard. Every aspect of this Future Concept is based on feasible elements that Feadship is certain could be built tomorrow with adventurous clients, including the lower deck command centre which replaces the traditional bridge.Designers Jan Schaffers and Tanno Weeda will be at the Feadship stand in Monaco and will explain the technologies and explore the potential with fascinated visitors. More details on Pure will be released very soon. Feadship was formed as a group in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship is well-known as one of the Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship
September 21, 2021
Tankoa Yachts has sold the fifth unit in its all-aluminium 50m series. A motor yacht with exterior lines by Francesco Paszkowski and interior design by Giorgio Cassetta. Powered by conventional diesel engines the project was started on speculation and now is 40% complete, which means an early delivery is scheduled for summer 2022. The young European client was introduced to Tankoa by Jean-Claude Carme of TWW Yachts, an experienced yacht brokerage with headquarters in Monaco. Carme will also oversee the construction of the new 50m on behalf of the owner. A swimming pool will be installed in the bow. “The hull already under construction and the proposal for a layout that included two guest suites on the main deck were decisive in completing the signing of the contract,” says Giuseppe Mazza, Tankoa Sales and Marketing Manager. “We are very happy with this further contract that consolidates our order book,” adds Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Tankoa Yachts. “This is yet another confirmation of the success of our S501 project. For Tankoa it is the third yacht sold in the same year, something that has never happened in the history of the company. With the market so active, I'm sure it won't be the last order of 2021."Tankoa was founded in 2007 and began production in 2008. A true “boutique shipyard”, focused on building semi-custom and custom constructions 45-meter and up.Credits: Tankoa
September 21, 2021