Last Wednesday Feadship shared a video of 55m Shinkai during her first time on the open sea. Shinkai, a 55m true superyacht explorer with a no compromise approach, became the eighth superyacht to be launched from Philippe Briand’s Vitruvius Yachts studio, with construction and co-naval architecture carried out by Feadship De Vries, while Daniela Boutsen has provided her interior design.
Shinkai leaving the shipyard's Aalsmeer facility
It was a challenging journey – the yacht was required to have a three-person submersible for pioneering underwater exploration along with the giant crane required for launching and collection. Another challenge for the all team was to consider both a superyacht and an explorer at the same time.
“This is a special project for us, as Shinkai is the second yacht that we have designed for her owner. In fact, he was the first yachtsman to embrace the benefits of Vitruvius’s efficient hulls,” says Philippe Briand. The result is a 55m 974GT Shinkai that can reach the most remote places on the planet. She is ice-classed and stabilized by a vast mono gyroscope, which has never been specified on a yacht of this scale before. The 23-tonne gyroscope is particularly important for operations of the submersible, which needs a perfectly stable launching platform. It is also beneficial when navigating through waters at high latitudes, replacing conventional fin stabilisers which are at risk of being damaged by ice and flotsam, and are inefficient at low speeds.
She has four decks plus an observatory setting. The owner’s cabin is positioned forward in the superstructure, with an exceptional area of 73 sq. m and a 135-degree view through full-height reinforced windows. There are four further guest suites, while seven cabins for 12 crew complete the accommodations.
Shinkai infographic by Vitruvius
Being an explorer, Shinkai carries a wide variety of serious toys, such as her 7,400kg U-Boat Worx submersible for three passengers. The yacht’s design includes an extended aft deck to support the toys that make for a truly adventurous expedition, including 4x4 land vehicle, a large limousine tender, and multiple robust RIBs.
With Shinkai’s far-reaching cruising plans to explore the planet comes the responsibility to be environmentally sensitive in her operations, which Philippe Briand took into account when designing her hull lines. Even with the yacht’s generous displacement of 974GT, her hull resistance has been optimised to deliver a reasonable fuel consumption of 19.5L per nautical mile at a cruising speed of 12 knots.
Shinkai for the first time on the open sea
Shinkai having just completed sea trials in the North Sea’s waters off The Netherlands.
As the creative force behind Shinkai’s powerful yet elegant design, Vitruvius Yachts’ Philippe Briand was onboard to experience her performance.
Here, the designer and naval architect shares his thoughts on how she measured up to expectations during the critical sea trials assessment: “The cold, grey November weather presenting itself to us on the day of Shinkai’s sea trials could not have been better to test her unique blend of rugged explorer meets comfortable superyacht. When you first step onboard, you are greeted by the ‘tech beauty’ of her striking red submersible and its accompanying immense ‘goldorak’ style crane; and then your attention is drawn to the glossy silver superyacht before you. A true rarity, she presents an inspiring combination of styles and capabilities”.
“Shinkai’s full-height reinforced windows delivering an astonishing 270-degree view. Experiencing her excellent performance first hand, after four years of involvement in her creation from the very beginning, I confirmed to her owner by phone that she will be the perfect protective and comfortable cocoon from which to explore all the world’s oceans. And of course, Shinkai’s design efficiency and Feadship de Vries’ technology will help protect the planet’s oceans, too!” says Philippe Briand.
Philippe Briand is the founder and designer of Vitruvius Yachts Ltd. He made his name designing award-winning sailing yachts under his own brand name and building on that experience has led him to create a revolutionary range of motor yachts: Vitruvius Yachts with a range in size of over 100m in length. With over 12,000 boats built to date, Philippe Briand could reasonably be considered the most prolific yacht designer of our time.
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; Vitruvius Yachts
The Turkish FDC Yachts has welcomed the 47m yacht Atina, who arrived at the shipyard for a major refit. Atina (previously known as Naseem) was built by Heesen in 2008, she has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. She features the exterior and naval architecture by Heesen and the interior by Bannenberg & Rowell Design.The yacht was sold in June 2021After handover by her new owner, major refit work orders were decided and started to be carried out in late 2021. The interior and exterior will be updated by Red Yacht Design, who have worked with the FDC Yachts and the owner. The exterior by Red Yacht DesignA main work order will be focused on Atina’s deck spaces; she will get a totally new flybridge with new GA including an up-to-date navigation mast and hardtop. All sitting groups and living areas to be redesigned by the owner and renewed. The sundeck will get a 12-seated bar and a barbecue area, which makes it suitable for big outdoor parties. Exterior hull including superstructure to be repainted with new colors. Subconstructional upgrades to be carried out in the engine room with maintaining valves and piping. New beach deck to be manufactured and installed on aft.The tender garage will become a beach club with a gym. The pool, which is located at the front, will also be expanded. Some interior touch ups to be carried out in the cabins. She is targeted to be launched in May 2022 by FDC Yachts.Credits: FDC Yachts, Red Yacht Design, Yacht Harbour archive
January 21, 2022
In 2022 Riva celebrates its 180th anniversary and opens the new location of an elegant Riva Privée at the Cristallo, Luxury Collection Resort & SPA. Like an aquamarine gemstone set amidst the majestic snow-covered peaks of the Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage site, the new Riva space embraces the cultural heritage and art nouveau-inspired architecture of Hotel Cristallo. The Riva Privée at the Cristallo is a temporary space that will welcome guests in the Stube 1872, the famed restaurant where chef Marco Pinelli has created a special Riva menu ranging from traditional Cortina d’Ampezzo cuisine to flavours evoking the sea. In keeping with the guiding philosophy of “Riva inside, inside Riva”, the initiative again renews the Riva Destination format that has already been a great success in other go-to destinations, including Paris, Venice, Opatija, Monaco, Mykonos and Formentera. Recent Riva Destination openings worldwide include: the Riva Privée in Ischia, at the Ristorante Daní Maison, whose culinary excellence is assured by Michelin-star chef Nino Di Costanzo; the Riva Lounge and Privée at the Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa in Opatija (Croatia), and the Riva Privée at the Molo47 restaurant on Formentera, the most glamorous of the Balearic Islands.The Ferretti 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
January 21, 2022
The design studio SkyStyle has united with Denison Yachting and presented the yacht concept Unique 71 to the market. The 71m vessel became the first yacht concept for the design studio, previously was known for aircraft interiors. Project Unique 71 is intended for cruising oceans in style and speed. Her futuristic profile and a 13-meter beam embrace sporty characteristics, such as a sharp, pointed bow and three-dimensional surfaces. Other notable features onboard the yacht include a sky lounge sundeck, a hot tub, a touch-and-go helipad, a gym, sauna, 12-seat theater, a billiard/bar room and a plunge pool with an automatic cover.The superyacht can accommodate up to 12 guests, including four comfortable cabins, one VIP suite, and one owner’s master stateroom. The owner’s deck is designed with an illuminated ceiling that can also be set to automatically open for an ocean breeze.“With Denison presenting this groundbreaking design, it allows a client to approach multiple shipyards to gather quotes to help develop and make this project a reality without being tied to a particular yard. The challenge is to find a shipyard that can understand this vision and the client’s goals – both as an individual and in their business/personal use of the yacht,” says Alex G. Clarke from Dension. The yacht’s interior is optimized to connect with the environment thanks to the generous transparent surfaces surrounding the social areas. The opacity of the glass panels that flank the yacht can be regulated to define the mood or increase privacy or transparency.She will be able to reach a top speed of 30 knots and cruise comfortably at 25 knots. SkyStyle is a design studio based in the U.S., Spain, and Argentina that’s focused on advanced aviation conceptual design. Lead designers Lucas Colombo and Max Pardo have worked with aviation giants such as Boeing to test the boundaries of what’s possible in an aircraft cabin. Today, Lucas and Max are using their aviation design skills to break into the yachting industry. Credits: Denison Yachting
January 21, 2022
Horizon Yachts has launched a new build Horizon FD90. The interior and exterior of the 22nd hull of the successful FD series was penned by Cor D. Rover Design. The wide beam and high-volume interior that defines the Cor D. Rover-designed Fast Displacement (FD) Series, the new FD90 greets visitors with an expansive aft deck. This four-stateroom yacht has a contemporary interior with an on-deck master, a convertible VIP on the lower deck and a spacious beach club. Satin walnut, black glass and black lacquer finishes highlight the loft-like main salon, whose volume is amplified by floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable, custom low-profile furniture including a large sofa with built-in storage. Specified with high-end equipment throughout, this FD90 is the first Horizon model to be equipped with the JUNG automation system, which allows the owner to control lighting, window treatments, audio and A/C via phone or iPad devices. The full-beam master stateroom is located on the main deck, and offers plentiful wardrobe space as well as a built-in leather loveseat under the window to starboard. The spacious ensuite features a full-length smart glass wall for privacy when desired.The new FD90 features a fully equipped beach club with a bar and a lounge settee that converts into a bed.<iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/wn2fA0-D6og title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>Founded in 1987, Horizon Yachts has celebrated 35 years as one of the largest luxury yacht builders in the world as well as the number one builder in the Asia Pacific region. In the past three decades, Horizon has delivered over 855 luxury yachts, with more than 220 of these over 80 feet in length. Popular models ranging from 52 to 150 feet include motor yachts, superyachts, power catamarans, expedition yachts, and fast displacement motor yachts.Credits: Horizon Yachts
January 20, 2022
Gulf Craft is marking 20 years of its operation in the Maldives. Gulf Craft provides almost 80% of the Maldives’s water transportation services which includes public transport, coast guard, emergency and ambulance services, resorts, and leisure boats. With a strong and established presence in the country, Gulf Craft is now developing a new production facility dedicated to the manufacturing of vessels for use in the Indian Ocean which will see its operations and production capacity double within 16 months.Gulf Craft established its operations in the Maldives with a 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility that has produced top-quality pleasure boats and rapid transport vessels. Gulf Craft is now focusing on further expansion of its operations in the Maldives to support the government’s strategy to strengthen the tourism sector. This will be driven by doubling its production capacity in the country and by giving back to the community through the new training facility for captains and crew.In early 2021 the shipyard was awarded a government contract, thru MTCC, to manufacture a fleet of specially designed high-quality speed boats for use across the Integrated National Public Ferry Network. The new speed boats will offer a convenient and efficient transportation system to all administrative islands of the Maldives, with capabilities to transport up to 53 passengers at a time and will connect the capital city to nearby islands. The public transportation project is one of the largest government initiatives and will contribute to connecting the various islands of the Maldives upon completion.Gulf Craft team in the Maldives“The Maldives is our first international destination, where we have built in-country competencies by leveraging the opportunities that the country provides for the marine and tourism sector. With the doubling of our production capacity and the new training facility we hope to serve the local community even better through the creation of new job opportunities and in further boosting tourism,” said Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, Gulf Craft’s Chairman. Last year Gulf Craft announced that it will invest in a strategic development in the Maldives named ‘Gulf Lagoon’. The project will feature a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, a marina for seafarers and live-aboards, a maritime school offering captain/crew training for young Maldivians, and a resort, among others.Since the company’s inception in 1982, Gulf Craft has grown to become one of the top seven shipyards in the world: once a builder of small fishing boats in its modest premises, which was a genuine passion for Gulf Craft, they then established their credentials as a leader of innovation and technology in the yachting industry. With five brands in their product portfolio ranging from 31 to 175 feet, Gulf Craft manufactures yachts and boats that appeal to a wide audience, such as touring passenger vessels, Silvercraft family day boats, Oryx Sport Cruisers, Nomad Explorer Yachts, and the flagship Majesty Yachts.Credits: Gulf Craft
January 20, 2022