One of the leading brands in the world’s yachting industry, Azimut/Benetti Group, has closed fiscal 2018/19 while celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with value of production standing at €900 million, up about 10% on last year. Furthermore, 260 units were delivered within the period, continuing the excellent performance put in last season.
The leading market for the company is the United States, where Azimut Yachts is the top-selling brand in the segment over 40 feet. Taken as a whole, the Americas represent 50% of the total, followed by Europe (29%), the Middle East and Africa (14%), and Asia Pacific with 7%.
What is more, megayachts have played a central role in Group performance, with total sales of 51 units combined by 35 Azimut Yachts and 16 Benettis. In what is a consolidated strategy now, the company has successfully exploited this trend to extend and renew its range of products, positioning it where itself at the top of the Global Order Book.
38m Azimut Grande Trideck
In the meantime, the company has launched several premieres during the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019. The three new vessels included Azimut S10, S8 and 78 Fly, and a 38-metre trideck.
The latter, 38-metre Trideck, is the largest yacht ever built by Azimut Yachts, of which three units have already been sold off-plan, followed by a 30-meter Magellano collection flagship.
The latest brand’s premiere will feature interior volume under 300GT with a semi planning hull and anticipated top speed of 24 knots.
38m Azimut Grande Trideck
Highlighted by exterior design from Alberto Mancini and interiors from Antonio Salvagni, the yacht will be available for various interior layouts offering either five or six cabins. Other features include an open beach area, a full lounge on the main deck and dining area on the upper deck.
Turning to Benetti, the Group’s Fiftieth Anniversary year saw the record-breaking launch of three giga yachts within just 100 days, with the 108-metre flagship superyacht FB275 delivered to Australian casino tycoon James Packer in July and two others awaiting deliveries.
Benetti sold 10 yachts within last 60 days alone, gearing up to extend its range, adding not only new models but new product families, too.
Meanwhile, the storied and successful Class line will have a new flagship in 2020, the new Diamond 145, as well as being joined by the new Oasis line inspired by a concept based on glamorous luxury. Three units have already been sold of the first 40-metre model in the line, which will be available next year. Among others, one of the recent deals was closed with US powerboat champion, who bought the first 40-metre.
40m superyacht Oasis BO101
What is more, Benetti is ready to start working on a new collection that pays tribute to the brand’s storied past. After two years of project analysis, Benetti rediscovers the appeal and luxury of the 1960s and yachts built from steel, reinventing a product category of timeless yachts that will stay up-to-date for their entire lifetimes. The collection will be made up of three models (30, 37 and 44 meters) with the 37-meter yacht planned for launch in 2021.
In order to implement this ambitious programme, the Group expects to invest €115 million over the next three years to develop new products and upgrade production capacity.
The launch of Benetti FB275
Giovanna Vitelli, Azimut/Benetti Group Vice President, expressed:
This wonderful year has made me both happy and proud, as well as keeping us busy on so many fronts: new collaborations, new products, the Giga Season, our Azimut S6 at Times Square, and so many moments with our customers all around the world, who have testified to their confidence and esteem.
The 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) will take place from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020 at Port Hercule in Monaco.The organisers are fully aware of the strategic importance of the MYS to the companies that participate each year – for growing their business, sales and marketing.The Monaco Yacht Show 2020 will probably be one of the first opportunities this year to bring together the yachting industry and meet private customers to discuss current and future market trends and share a true superyachting experience that only a visit to a salon can offer.The MYS offers the perfect setting for establishing direct relations based on trust. Future buyers can visit several yachts all in one day, compare them, meet the designers, and discuss with brokers and shipyards. Such a totally immersive experience is as essential as it can be decisive when considering the purchase or construction of a superyacht.MYS is keeping a close eye on how the pandemic is evolving, hoping there will be a healthier and more stable situation around the globe in the coming months.Also, the MYS, we will implement directives issued by the government of Monaco and the World Health Organisation (WHO) that reflect how the pandemic has evolved by September 2020.
May 25, 2020
Ulstein Verft delivered 88.5-metre Espen Øino-designed explorer yacht Olivia O after reconstruction. Planning and engineering work began on the boat in November 2016. The project’s hull and superstructure were constructed in Croatia by the Brodosplit.Though Oliva O is Ulstein’s first private superyacht project, well-known superyacht designer Espen Oeino brings valuable experience.Designed and built by Ulstein Verft - a yard better known for commercial vessels, ferries and workboats, Olivia O is characterised by a striking reverse bow and explorer profile.Olivia O can sleep up to 20 in eight cabins, including Pullman bunks while crew accommodation is for 30 people.
May 25, 2020
On 8 May 2020 Ulstein has delivered the first two platform supply vessels of the Ulstein px121 design built at SWS, China, the 'Guo Hai Min Xing' and the 'Guo Hai Min Sheng'. They are operating for COSL – China Oilfield Services Limited, for whom they have a long-term charter.Two more vessels of the same design at SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.), have completed their sea trial and will also be delivered to COSL shortly, according to schedule. Owner of all four vessels is Sinoocean.Guo Hai Min Xing (originally Crest Andromeda 2), a Ulstein px121 design. A FireFighting Offshore Support Vessel.Guo Hai Min Sheng (originally Crest Andromeda 1), Ulstein px121 designed offshore supply ship. Meets clients’ operational expectations in terms of deck space, capacities, speed, position holding capabilities and fuel efficiency.The Ulstein px121 is a flexible platform supply vessel design featuring the X-BOW hull line design for smoother motions in head seas. A platform supply vessel of this design has a competitive combination of fuel-efficiency and cargo capacities/deadweight. This translates to a performance level that is usually expected from larger PSVs, but at a medium-sized PSV cost - delivering excellent value-for-money for the owner and operator.
May 22, 2020
Echo Yachts reveals 50m Project Echo catamaran design. This is the latest design collaboration between Bannenberg & Rowell Design in London, their Australian custom superyacht build team at Echo Yachts in Perth and Incat Crowther in Sydney.The aluminium catamaran is described as “similar” in design to the FRP composite catamaran Charley, delivered by the yard in 2017.New Yacht Support Vessel can accommodate up to 20 guests and 17 crew, also it has entertainment areas and a selection of tenders and toys including specialist scuba diving facilities and dive store, onboard hyperbaric chamber and a helicopter pad.According to company's sales and marketing manager, Chris Blackwell, “Added to the excitement of this new vessel we are really pleased it fits in nicely with Echo’s ongoing commitment to creating world-class ‘eco-efficient’ vessels here in Western Australia. No matter where in the world our clients may be, they are able to easily see and engage in the design and build of their new vessel using the same online video meetings, CCTV video feeds, plus photo and video reports we have been providing our clients with since 2015."
May 22, 2020
Ferretti Yachts 500 is the result of the collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee headed by Ing. Piero Ferrari, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors and design studio Ideaeitalia for the new interior design concept.The exteriors have the aerodynamic design and the sleek, streamlined shapes. The stern features a soft and sporty design, with new solutions and generous spaces, while the profile of the hull proposes an enhancement of the windows, characterised by wide, modern shapes.According to Filippo Salvetti, the exterior design architect, “The design of the new Ferretti Yachts 500 highlights an overall dynamism thanks to new and innovative stylistic features of the superstructure. A natural heir to the Ferretti Yachts 720, it reinterprets the new styles of the range in a very personal way. It proposes a layout based on a design centred on people and their life on board, a typical approach of the Ferretti DNA. The two different moods of decor by Ideaeitalia studio perfectly reflect the Just Like Home philosophy and are able to satisfy the tastes of every customer”.Ferretti Yachts 500 reveals two types of the interior: Classic, with its warm tones and Contemporary, inspired by Mediterranean colours.The Classic mood is dominated by dark oak, combined with glossy and matte lacquers in shades of black and white. The main deck features a spacious lounge area, with two large sofas and a coffee table that can be transformed into a dining table.Key features of the yacht is the stern swimming platform. When the platform is submerged, steps are revealed for totally safe access to the sea, and the convenience of the latest-generation optional lift system makes it suitable for the whole family. Ferretti Yachts 500 installs twin Cummins QSB 6.7 engines delivering 550 mhp, for a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots (preliminary data). The new yacht will also be equipped with optional gyroscopic stabilisation to guarantee the maximum stability at anchor and during navigation.
May 22, 2020