Benetti celebrated its 150th year anniversary. To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, on June the 16th in Viareggio, where the shipyard's history began, Paolo Vitelli, founder of the Azimut|Benetti Group, his daughter Giovanna Vitelli, Chair, and CEO Marco Valle, together with company employees welcomed the local authorities to witness the deep bond with the territory.
Then, on June the 17th, the protagonists of the event were the ship-owners, who were invited to attend an evening at the Livorno Shipyard, which, thanks to its 250,000 sqm area, today represents the largest shipyard in the Mediterranean. Inside one of the warehouses, next to a yacht under construction, Belgian architect and set designer Charles Kaisin recalled the history of Benetti in an extraordinarily creative way and, with more than 50 waiters/actors, entertained the guests with touches of brilliance: dishes served under cloches in the shape of ancient vessels, 'sound' shells from which to hear sounds and voices of a yacht under construction, a 'flying' pianist and soprano, and hundreds of swaying lights.
Outside, the marina hosted some of Benetti’s most iconic yachts, creating a luminous landscape setting: the Odissey III, a 33-metre yacht from the Mediterraneo series, dated 1967; Stella Fiera, the first unit of the Classic 115' series; El Caran that once belonged to David Bowie, and the very latest of the B.Now and Oasis Deck™ series.
Finally, on Sunday June the18th, the Livorno shipyard welcomed employees, their families, and suppliers, offering fun activities, such as visits to the lighthouse and the fleet of boats, sporting activities, such as sailing trials organized by the Antignano Sailing Club, and cultural activities, such as visits to the shipyard museum and the 'Scenari di Cantiere' (Shipyard Scenarios), a show held by the city's Goldoni Theatre.
Throughout its history, the shipyard has achieved numerous remarkable milestones, and we will highlight a few notable ones. One such milestone is the launch of the 'Brigantino San Giorgio' in 1921. In the 1960s, under the guidance of Lorenzo Benetti, the shipyard revolutionized the yachting world by transitioning from wood to steel construction. This marked the birth of the modern megayacht concept, with iconic series such as Delfino, Gabbiano, and Mediterraneo. These yachts evoked the allure of the aristocracy and the international jet set during the era of 'la dolce vita'. Renowned figures like Rainier of Monaco and David Bowie, who enjoyed their holidays on their respective Benetti yachts, became part of the shipyard's legacy. The Beatles were frequent guests of their manager's Delfino Benetti.
El Caran, 1977
As Benetti's reputation continued to soar, Adnan Kashoggi commissioned the most famous yacht of all time, initially named Nabila and later renamed Trump Princess by Donald Trump. The yacht's extraordinary design and luxurious interiors sparked curiosity and excitement. The Nabila became an iconic vessel, immortalized in James Bond's film 'Never Say Never'. The band Queen even paid homage to the yacht in their song "Kashoggi's Boat". However, the success of the Nabila ultimately led to a change in ownership.
David Bowie onboard the El Caran (1977)
In 1985, F.lli Benetti was acquired by Paolo Vitelli, the young owner of Azimut yard. Under the new name, Cantiere Benetti, Vitelli implemented a financial restructuring plan to restore the brand's former splendor. His visionary decision to incorporate composite materials in the new Classic 115' line of 1988 resulted in the sale of a hundred units within just 10 years, setting an absolute record in the nautical world. Vitelli's pioneering approach extended to building the world's first diesel-electric yacht, the Ambrosia, in 2006, anticipating the future of conscious industrial development. He also established an in-house R&D center dedicated to reducing fuel consumption and increasing the use of sustainable materials.
One of Benetti's recent groundbreaking creations is the Luminosity, launched in 2020. With its impressive length of 107 meters, it stands as the largest giga yacht featuring a hybrid propulsion engine. In 2022, the B.Yond 37-meter yacht earned the title of the greenest yacht in its class, thanks to its innovative hybrid propulsion system. During the same year, the shipyard revolutionized the concept of on-board lifestyle with the introduction of the Oasis Deck™ series. Notably, the side-wing sterns that open flush to the water set a new trend in the industry, enhancing the overall yachting experience.
Azimut|Benetti Group was founded in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli, who is still the main shareholder today and Giovanna Vitelli is the President. The Group’s Azimut Yachts and Benetti brands produce over 45 models of yachts and megayachts. With value of production of €1 billion in 2021/2022 and 1.2 billion in 2022/2023, over 2,000 employees, six shipyards and a network of 138 points of sale and service worldwide, Azimut|Benetti Group operates in the European, American, Middle Eastern and Asian markets.
Credits: Azimut Benetti Group
The Italian Sea Group (TISG) continues to expand its international commercial development plan with the introduction of the first Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 in North Africa. This milestone underscores the ongoing success of the project, marking a significant step in the company's growth strategy.The iconic motor yacht Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 offers unparalleled luxury with high-performance capabilities. Designed with innovation in mind, its shallow draft allows for mooring in shallow waters, while reaching impressive speeds of up to 63 knots. Following its success in the United Arab Emirates, the yacht has now made its mark in the MENA region, particularly in North Africa.The region's burgeoning elite tourism sector, driven by entertainment and exclusive water sports activities, has paved the way for the introduction of the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63. This achievement reflects TISG's robust business development strategy, bolstered by strategic partnerships in the region and meticulous commercial efforts.Recognized for its avant-garde luxury and sporty design, the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 has earned accolades in the luxury industry. Notably, it was named among the "Best of the Best" in the "Motor Yacht Weekend Cruiser" category by Robb Report and received the "Motor Yacht under 25 meters" award at the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Awards.Headed by Italian entrepreneur Giovanni Costantino, The Italian Sea Group is a global luxury yacht operator, specializing in the construction and refitting of motoryachts and sailing yachts. With brands such as Admiral, Tecnomar, Perini Navi, and Picchiotti, the company has established a reputation for excellence and elegance in the nautical world.The Italian Sea Group's strategic partnerships with renowned Italian luxury brands, including Giorgio Armani and Automobili Lamborghini, underscore its commitment to innovation and quality beyond all limits. As confirmed by the Global Order Book 2024, the company maintains its position as the leading Italian producer of superyachts over 50 meters.The Italian Sea Group is a global operator in the luxury yachting industry, listed on Euronext Milan (“EXM”) and active in the construction and refit of motor yachts and sailing yachts up to 140 meters. The Company, led by Italian entrepreneur Giovanni Costantino, operates on the market with the brands Admiral, renown for elegant and prestigious yachts, Tecnomar, Perini Navi, and Picchiotti; the Company has a business unit, NCA Refit, that manages the maintenance and refit services for yachts and mega yachts with a length over 60 meters. Credits: The Italian Sea Group
February 23, 2024
Azimut will attend the Dubai Boat Show, scheduled from the 28th of February to the 3rd of March 2024, and will premiere the new S7 for the Middle East. Also the shipyards will present two models of the Fly Series, in addition to the S6 and Grande 27M. For the 2024 Dubai International Boat Show, Azimut will reveal the S7, the sport yacht with a green soul, to the Middle East public for the first time. The latest addition to the S Series, the S7 is a high-style motor yacht with a sporty and sustainable soul that was born from the collaboration between the yacht designer Alberto Mancini and the creative boutique Yachtique – the design hub within the Azimut|Benetti Group. This 22-meter yacht is part of Azimut’s Low Emission Yacht family thanks to the technological research carried out by the R&D Department. The advanced naval architecture and the optimized hull lines, designed in collaboration with P.L. Ausonio Naval Architecture combined with the extremely efficient propulsion composed of three Volvo IPS engines, allow a reduction in consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 30% at the most common speeds compared to a boat of the same weight and size with a traditional hard-chine hull and centerline.Alongside the S7, the Fly Series will be represented by the Fly 53 and the Fly 68. Both models feature exterior lines by Alberto Mancini, who incorporates a sporty appearance and slender geometries into every design.Azimut’s lineup for the Dubai International Boat Show includes also the S6 and the Grande 27M.Dubai International Boat Show 2024 is the largest and most prestigious boat show in the Middle East, which this year celebrates its thirtieth edition, welcoming more than 30,000 visitors from 120 countries.Azimut Yachts is an Azimut Benetti Group brand. With its Atlantis, Magellano Flybridge, S, Verve and Grande collections, Azimut offers the widest range of 10 to 40 meters.Credits: Azimut Yachts
February 22, 2024
Saxdor Yachts has announced the appointment of DCH Marine as its new partner for Asia-Pacific. Formally established by Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited in June 2014 as a new business unit which focuses on the high-end luxury yacht market segment, DCH Marine has over 70 years of experience in the region. With shared values, expertise and vision, Saxdor Yachts and DCH Marine will establish a service and sales structure together which is specifically designed to serve clients at the highest possible level, providing seamless ownership solutions and service capabilities throughout the region. DCH Marine will be incorporating Saxdor’s existing network and adding new sales points and service points within the territory over the coming months, which will time well with Saxdor’s aggressive product release plan with the all-new Saxdor 460 GTC and 320 GTWA.Adam Waters, Managing Director of DCH Marine, and Mrs. Erna Rusi, CEO of Saxdor Yachts“This partnership and newly established agreement with DCH Marine accelerates Saxdor Yachts into a new phase of regional growth. Together with DCH Marine’s experience and, above all, their technical expertise and services standards, we are certain that, as a team, we can satisfy the increasing demands of yachting enthusiasts in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Erna Rusi, CEO of Saxdor Yachts.Saxdor 400 GTODCH Marine boasts sales points in Hong Kong, Singapore, China (in Shenzhen and Sanya), Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia (Sydney and Gold Coast) and New Zealand. Later this year it will open new sales points in Shanghai, Taiwan, the Philippines, Perth and Melbourne, and in 2025 also in Indonesia.The upcoming Singapore Boat Show (25th – 28th April) will be the stage for the official debut of the new distribution agreement, as well as the Australasia launch of the all new Saxdor 400 GTO.Since its inception in 2019, Saxdor Yachts has experienced exponential growth, producing over 1000 boats and capturing the industry’s attention with their innovative approach. Now, with the introduction of the Saxdor 400 GTO, Saxdor Yachts aims to make waves in the 40-45 ft sport boat market, leveling up from the game-changing entry-level 200 and mid-range 320 models.Credits: Saxdor Yachts
February 22, 2024
RMK Marine has initiated the construction of its largest explorer yacht, marking a significant milestone in its legacy. The ceremonial keel-laying event for the 65-meter custom explorer, provisionally named ER65, was described by Özgur Numan, the yacht director at RMK Marine, as an emotional affair. Scheduled for launch in 2026, ER65 is poised to become the flagship vessel for RMK Marine.Crafted with a vision for extensive cruising and versatility, ER65 is designed to navigate varied waters with ease. Sporting a sleek and minimalist design, the yacht will embody elegance while adhering to Lloyds ice-class standards, boasting rare Polar Code Category B - Ice Class PC 6 certification.ER65 will feature a helipad equipped with a refueling station and a dedicated tender hangar, including a watertight compartment for a deep-water submarine, accentuating its explorer capabilities. Vancouver-based ER Yacht Design is responsible for the yacht's clean interiors and sophisticated design, with engineering and production design managed by RMK Marine and Eureka Yachts.Ivan Erdevecki, founder of ER Yacht Design, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing the owner's desire for a custom-designed, long-range expedition motor yacht with timeless elegance and style.Photo by Özgür NumanAccommodating 12 guests and a crew of 20 across five decks, ER65 promises a host of amenities, including a library, sauna, gym, massage room, and medical facilities. Alongside its helicopter, the yacht will house two custom-built aluminum expedition tenders, enhancing its operational capabilities.Özgür Numan, yacht department director at RMK Marine, underscored the shipyard's enthusiasm for the project, citing the yacht's elegance and graceful sheer line as captivating features.With ER65's construction underway, RMK Marine continues to solidify its position in the industry, with three yachts, including the 49.9-meter Project Aries, currently in progress.RMK Marine is the Turkey superyacht builder. The shipyard was founded in Halic, Istanbul to construct boats in steel, aluminum, and composite in 1978 joined the Koç Group of Companies in 1997 and was renamed RMK Marine, is located in Tuzla. RMK Marine specializes in building, repairing and maintenance of commercial, naval vessels and super yachts. Credits: RMK Marine
February 22, 2024
Cantiere delle Marche is celebrating yet another significant milestone with the sale of an RJ 102 vessel to an Australian owner. This marks the fifth sale within the first six weeks of 2024, underscoring the company's exceptional commercial success and continued expansion into new markets.The RJ 102, a collaboration between Cantiere delle Marche and Francesco Paszkowski, promises to redefine the standards of superyacht excellence. With its sleek design and advanced hull technology, the vessel offers exceptional speed, stability, and efficiency, ensuring an unparalleled sailing experience.Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and CEO of Cantiere delle Marche, expressed his delight at the commercial success achieved by the company, attributing it to their unwavering dedication to excellence and commitment to innovation. He emphasized the importance of the Australian market, highlighting the opening of Cantiere delle Marche Australia as a strategic move that has proven highly successful.“This sale gives me the opportunity to underline our exceptional commercial success, a testament to the reputation we have meticulously built over the years through our team’s unwavering dedication to excellence. Despite a forecasted yachting market in the first two quarters of the year, we find ourselves propelled forward by a favorable wind. This year, our shipyard confirmed its position as the undisputed world leader in the construction of explorer yachts. It is crucial to emphasize that we build steel vessels, each meticulously tailored to the owner’s specifications, setting us apart from mass-produced composite yachts,” says Vasco Buonpensiere. The RJ 102 is the latest addition to the RJ family, boasting a well-proportioned, sleek, and elegant profile. Designed to provide ample opportunities for outdoor living, the vessel features large alfresco areas, a pool surrounded by a sundeck area, and spacious toy storage facilities. The interior layout, designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta, is tailored to provide the utmost comfort to owners and guests.Paul Miletta of Cantiere delle Marche Australia expressed his excitement about the new model, highlighting its suitability for owners seeking a true explorer with beautiful lines and the ability to be operated with minimal crew. The RJ 102 is expected to be a game-changer in the Australia and South Pacific region, offering a unique blend of luxury and functionality.With the sale of the RJ 102, Cantiere delle Marche continues to reaffirm its position as a global leader in the construction of explorer yachts, setting new standards of excellence in the industry.CdM's story begins in 2010. The facilities cover an overall surface of 16˙000 square meters, including 7˙000 sq. m of workshops and 1˙000 sq. m of docks. Since 2015, the shipyard has been the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Based in Ancona, Cantiere delle Marche builds yachts from 26m to 43m in length.Credits: CdM
February 21, 2024