The team at Amels and Damen Yachting has confirmed the sale of the 55m Yacht Support Gene Chaser. The name of the yacht was unveiled during a private ceremony held at the Dutch builder’s shipyard in Vlissingen. Complete with stunning custom fleet colours and a research laboratory, this Yacht Support will be used alongside the Amels 180 Gene Machine.
Gene Chaser, from Damen Yachting’s YS 5009 Yacht Support range, was originally launched in late 2020 as Blue Ocean. Over the last two months, she has undergone a period of intense transformation to meet the owner’s exacting requirements for setting up the interior as a working research laboratory and hub for ongoing scientific projects.
The main salon has been converted into a working wet and dry laboratory, and other interior areas have been designed for conferences and educational purposes.
Guest suites allow for eight visiting researchers and experts, while the crew areas can now accommodate a crew of seven and four full-time scientists. The substantial 225-square-meter exterior deck, with a high-performance knuckle-boom 13-t capacity crane, provides ample space for Gene Machine’s Fjord 42 and a Hatløy Maritime Oxpro AL8 landing craft, as well as additional mission-specific equipment.
Matthew Gow, captain of the owner’s 55m yacht Gene Machine, represented this repeat client during the sale. “We’ve achieved an incredible amount of work in a short period of time, and the collaboration with the team at Damen Yachting has been excellent. Watching the transformation take place has been very special and I cannot wait to see Gene Chaser alongside Gene Machine.”
Owner Dr. Jonathan Rothberg sums up the motivation behind Gene Chaser. “Coronavirus reminded us of the fragility of our world. Whether it’s a global pandemic or global climate change, each of us must rise to the challenges we face, as we are best prepared. For my family, this means Gene Chaser and her onboard Gene Lab – a next generation lab to address mankind’s greatest challenges. Gene Chaser will be the tip of the spear as we deploy never before available technology to characterise, understand, and expand our knowledge of biodiversity, and identify nature’s solutions – within her genes – to the world’s greatest existential threats.”
Dr Rothberg confirms this is also the origin of the name Gene Chaser. “We are going to go after genes to combat global warming and clean up the oceans and the air. That’s why it’s the Gene Chaser. In our planet’s very genes lie the answers to our biggest challenges and the key to our salvation.”
Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.
The German based manufacturer of electric yachts and floating solutions Alva Yachts has signed contracts with environmentally conscious yachting dealers from across the world. Alva Yachts has seen strong interest from dealer partners in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. However North America is particularly strong. This is driven by incredibly strong consumer demand for luxury solar-powered catamarans.Alva Yachts dealer networkMathias May, Alva Yachts co-founder and managing director“We are very proud to announce our global network and look forward to further growth as a company with newly gained partners all over the world”, says Mathias May, Alva Yachts co-founder and managing director.Dennis de Roos, Alva Yacht’s Interim Commercial DirectorDennis de Roos (Alva Yacht’s Interim Commercial Director) says: “The main focus is on the growth of the Company and network expansion, with the implementation of a strong dealer structure around the world. To support this mission, the Alva management has established very important partnerships with distributors and dealers in the key yachting areas of the world, where electric and emission-free sea travel has become a key requirement.”Alva Yachts OE60Alva Yachts was founded in Germany in early 2020 by Mathias May and Holger Henn. It was built on the former PICA yachts, which launched more than 40 boats. May brings with him many years’ experience in boatbuilding, and is managing director of a new company based in Bad Pyrmont, Germany. Henn, on the other hand, is a celebrated yacht designer with numerous award-winning designs from 26ft to 82ft under his belt. He has taken on the role of CEO of Alva Yachts.Credits: Alva Yachts
March 4, 2021
Steven Kozloff has announced the new explorer project Arctic Owl in his Goliath Series. The 61m Arctic Owl is fast, light, has a shallow draft and features a helicopter hangar.The U-Boat Worx NEMO submarine can be accommodated in the garage. The submarine’s easy launch and recovery system is Kozloff’s most recent invention. She also has a separate dedicated garage for the tenders, both port and starboard, resulting in an effortless launch and recovery system. Arctic Owl has two aft cranes to load and off-load research equipment.The Arctic Owl can accommodate up to ten guests and six crew members. She features two master cabins with panoramic views, forward and aft, and has four additional rooms that can accommodate two guests each.There is a generously sized spa, swimming pool, and lounging area at the bow. The Arctic Owl cruises at 16 knots for 6,000 nautical miles. Credits: Steven Kozloff
March 4, 2021
Northrop & Johnson has announced the sale of the 37m motor yacht Kaos. The boat was launched in 2010 by famed yacht builder Sanlorenzo. The yacht features sleek exterior lines and comfortable interior spaces. Her three decks are well laid out and extremely spacious. She features a swim platform from which water access is easy. The yacht’s main-deck aft offers alfresco dining, as does the bridge deck ft. The sundeck is ideally suited for lounging in the sunshine and balmy breezes or soaking in the jacuzzi.The main salon is perfectly suited for entertaining and unwinding. Large windows surround this space, providing exemplary views and abundant natural light. The yacht’s formal dining table is found forward of the main salon on this deck. Kaos features five splendid staterooms that welcome up to eleven guests. These staterooms include a large full-beam master with a beautiful and contemporary ensuite bathroom with a soaking tub and a shower. The yacht's additional staterooms are equally well appointed and comfortable.Northrop & Johnson Yacht Brokers Wes Sanford and Sean Doyle acted on behalf of the seller.Credits: Northrop & Johnson
March 4, 2021
Just a year after the Pershing's TØ Project was launched, what was announced as a new range of 25m to 40m boats destined to change the concept of sport yachting forever is close to becoming reality. The hull of the first 35m unit will arrive in Mondolfo in summer 2021. With its official debut scheduled for 2022, this new line of products, designed to combine the unbounded pleasure of the sea with Pershing’s unmistakable DNA, will join the celebrated Generation X. The new range is the result of a collaboration between Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari; the Group’s Engineering Department; and Fulvio De Simoni, who has designed Pershing yachts since the very first one.Exclusive images reveal the work in progress on the model of the hull built at Ferretti Group’s Plug & Mould Plant: Pershing’s mix of innovation, cutting-edge technology and expert craftsmanship prepares to take the design and engineering challenges inherent in the TØ project to the next evolutionary level.The shipyard’s technicians use a variety of construction techniques in the process, including both traditional construction techniques and milled blocks. The last stage will include the bodywork and flanging phase to produce the final mould, which will be transferred to the end production site in a spectacular handling operation involving eight separate loads.Pershing is part of the Ferretti Group. This Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally. Credits: Ferretti Group
March 3, 2021
Benetti is reporting on its success: the Yachtmaster, an event organised by Benetti for captains, crews and all yacht industry professionals involved in the life cycle of a superyacht, now in its 21st year, was held on February 18 and 19 in a phygital edition: more than 250 people connected to a specially created virtual platform in collaboration with Live Forum, to follow the online meetings, seminars and workshops. The new interactive format was a huge success and the Virtual Trade Show allowed Yachtmaster partner companies to showcase their products and communicate in real time with guests. The participants were able to set appointments with managers of different companies after the end of the Yachtmaster and before February 23.It kicked off with a welcome speech by Azimut|Benetti Group vice president Giovanna Vitelli, who emphasised the importance in the yacht world of an event like the Yachtmaster, which opens up a communication channel between yacht industry professionals and the shipyard. Azimut|Benetti Marketing Director Benedetta Moreno then spoke from the Benetti Museum Lounge about the Shipyard’s history.Marco Valle, Azimut|Benetti Group CEO, made an appearance at the end of the meeting to celebrate the live launch of a new 65m Benetti custom yacht.Marco Valle, Azimut|Benetti Group CEOAfter that, the Virtual Trade Show took place, and then it was time for the eagerly awaited Owner’s Team Perspective, which featured 63m Benetti custom yacht M/Y Metis and her Captain Frank Hesse, talking online from the yacht’s bridge about his experiences, career milestones, and life on board, as seen through the lens of sustainability. Benetti and its partners also led workshops for stewardesses and the crew, as well as a yoga session streamed live from the main deck of Luminosity, a 108m giga yacht which is the largest hybrid in the world and was built in Italy by a private shipyard. Benetti B.Yond has a new generation of Expedition yachts designed to have a reduced environmental impact and fitted with a hybrid propulsion system developed by Siemens for Azimut|Benetti. The focus then returned to the Virtual Trade Show and the Owner’s Team Perspective, with guest Clinton White, captain of the Masquenada yacht, who’s currently undergoing a refit at Lusben’s facilities in Livorno, where work is proceeding to extend the main and upper decks, to cut and extend the stern, and to refurbish the interiors.David Seal, Benedetta Moreno and the Benetti teamThe event was brought to an end with a closing speech by Benedetta Moreno and David Seal and a live comedy show with Jim Jefferies, comedian, actor and writer originally from Australia who, in his unmistakable style, commented ironically on everyday life and interacted with online participants.Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts, an icon of timeless Italian style and construction excellence. Every yacht is unique, developed around its owner. Benetti designs, builds and sells vessels in composite materials from 29m to 44m and boats in steel and aluminium from 37m to more than 100m. The fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom, designed to meet all the needs of the market. In Livorno and in the Viareggio Headquarters, as well as its direct offices in Fort Lauderdale, Dubai, Hong Kong and London, Benetti recruits highly skilled personnel throughout its productive units. It is part of the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti
March 3, 2021