Earlier today, a large fire broke out at Lurssen's Bremen shipyard in a floating dock and building unit where a 100-meter+ yacht was under construction. Over 110 firefighters were dispatched to the site, no one was injured during the incident but the new build is expected to have taken serious damage.
According to initial reports in the German media, the fire broke out around 02:00, the cause of which is still being investigated. Three of the yacht's deck are believed to have caught on fire. 35 to 40 vehicles were dispatched on site according to a spokesman for the local fire department.
130-meters long and 30-meter wide according to German media, the floating dock caught fire early morning and was evacuated immediately, the new build inside also caught on fire as was confirmed by Lurssen to NWZ Online.
For the moment it is unclear what new build was damaged by the fire. This morning, additional fire crews were requested to join the scene bringing the total to 170 people as the fire fighters are trying to get the situation under control. Throughout the night a large cloud of smoke was spreading out of the building hall.
Seen on images outside the facility, it is know that the 135-meter Project Shu was not the new build in question to be damaged. The 135-meter Crescent was also already out of the shipyard and delivered by the time of the fire. The larger Project SASSI could have been candidate for the new build that burnt down.
Operated by the Lurssen family for 4 generations, the shipyard has become a global leader in the megayacht space in recent decades. Initially founded in 1875 by Friedrich Lurssen, the company grew from building smaller motor yachts in a different era to building superyachts by 1962 when it delivered the 55-meter Pegasus.
Now known as the company behind many of the world's largest yachts such as Azzam, Dilbar, Pelorus or Rising Sun amongst other, Lurssen is also active in the military space, having built patrol boats, frigates and even mine warfare vessels.
The Lurssen fire becomes the second high profile one in yachting this month, shortly following the fire that destroyed the 40-meter CCN Kanga in Croatia.
Lurssen released a statement, regarding this situtation : "In the early morning at approximately 02:00 a fire broke out in the floating dock of the Fr. Lürssen Shipyard in Bremen-Aumund and onboard the yacht within it. The emergency procedures commenced immediately, in the course of which the persons still working on board were evacuated and examined with respect to possible smoke intoxication and the fire fighting department and emergency response teams were alarmed. Additionally the whole premises were evacuated. Currently, no casualties are known. At the moment, 110 fire fighters and rescuers are onsite, also supported by a team of the Jos. L. Meyer shipyard. Further buildings or other ships were not affected. No statement can be made so far towards the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage".
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After three days of racing, the seventh edition of the Perini Navi Cup drew to a close today. The event, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, had gathered 21 yachts from the Perini Navi fleet in Porto Cervo. Overall leader in the Cruiser Racer division was the 50-metre Silencio, while The Maltese Falcon triumphed among the Corinthians Spirit yachts and overall.The final day of the Perini Navi Cup saw the fleet face a coastal course of approximately 14 miles, accompanied initially by a breeze of 12 - 14 knots from the west. The Perini ships headed south to circumnavigate the islands of Mortorio and Soffi before returning north to a buoy off the coast of Porto Cervo and the finish line of a course that was shortened due to strengthening winds, reaching speeds of 27 knots.Seahawk, the last boat to start in the Cruiser Racer division under the staggered start formula (which sees individual departures every 3 minutes), immediately accelerated today, leaving her rivals behind after rounding Soffi, and crossing the finish line with twenty minutes to spare, thereby clinching the victory of the day. Despite this excellent performance Seahawk placed second overall, while consistency was rewarded for the 50-metre Silencio - second in today's race - who with two wins out of three races run, was the overall winner in the Cruiser Racer class. Third place of the day and third place in the overall classification went to the 43-metre Victoria A.In the Corinthians Spirit class The Maltese Falcon, the 88-metre flagship of the fleet, took pole position in the overall standings with three wins out of three, seven points ahead of Tamsen, in fifth place today but second overall. The battle on the water was for the second place of the day: Blush managed to outdistance Spirit of C's to finish second, but didn't manage to claim a podium place as Spirit of C's went on to take third place overall.YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo declared, "This has been a unique edition, the characteristic Costa Smeralda weather conditions allowed us to complete the full racing schedule with three consecutive days of competition, allowing the Perini Navi yachts to perform at their best. I would like to thank our friends Lamberto Tacoli and Edoardo Tabacchi for this collaboration which has allowed us, in all seven editions, including this one, to organise a highly successful event - the perfect blend of spectacle on the water and ashore. Thanks to the owners and all the sailors who gathered in Porto Cervo over the past few days and thank you to the International Jury, the Race Committee and the staff for their essential and invaluable work.""I would like to thank everyone who took part in this edition of the Perini Navi Cup, " commented Lamberto Tacoli, President and CEO of Perini Navi, "owners, captains, crews, partners and friends."On their return to the docks owners, crews and guests took part in the prize giving ceremony in the Piazza Azzurra and went on to attend a grand gala evening at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, celebrating the great Perini Navi family with music, artists and fireworks.The next sporting event for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will be the final of the Audi Italian Sailing League from 27 to 30 September.
September 25, 2018
Amels has just announced the sale of a 74-metre Amels 242 superyacht from its Limited Editions range. Announced shortly before the Monaco Yacht Show, the sale strongly celebrates the value, quality and sophistication that Amels offers for large yachts.The sale of the Aamels 242 with a Tim Heywood exterior design was completed with Merle Wood & Associates representing the buyer.“This yacht will once again show a different character to any of our previous Amels Limited Editions deliveries,” comments Rutger Dolk, part of the Amels commercial team. “The ability to adapt the proven platform to the client’s wishes is why our Limited Editions approach is working so well. The extremely comfortable and quiet platform with renowned level of quality and combined with a fast delivery creates a very attractive proposition.”Since the delivery of the first Amels 242 three years ago, the Amels 242 has quickly become the world’s most successful yacht in the 75-metre segment. The next available Amels 242 is ready to be customised and lined up for delivery mid-2020. The Amels 242 features: an entire private 374 square-metre Owners Deck with spectacular forward-facing Stateroom; a large swimming pool; and the award-winning full beam midships wellness and relaxing spa area with a unique 19.5 square metre folding beach platform.
September 25, 2018
The Monaco Yacht Show is the world leader event in superyachting. Set in September in the iconic Port Hercules, the MYS represents the pinnacle of the superyacht lifestyle against the glamorous backdrop of Monaco since 1991. Every year, the world’s most respected shipyards display 120 extraordinary one-off superyachts and megayachts, of which 40 new launches are annually unveiled in a worldwide debut.For four days, yacht owners, future superyacht purchasers or charterers, decision-makers in the yachting and luxury industries attend the Monaco Yacht Show to participate in one of the most influential business networks on Earth. On docks, the MYS curates the showcase of a selection of 580 leading companies in the industry: from the most reputable superyacht builders and nautical suppliers, top yacht designers, luxury manufactures and the best brokerage houses to the most sought-after tenders and water toys, prestige cars, helicopter and private jet manufacturers.Largest yachts attending the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 :1. Kismet (95-meter, Lurssen, 2014)2. Aquarius (92-meter, Feadship. 2016)3. DAR (90-meter, Oceanco, 2018)4. Illusion Plus (88-meter, Pride Mega Yachts, 2018)5. Barbara (85-meter, Oceanco, 2017)6. Air (81-meter, Feadship. 2011)7. Go (77-meter, Turquoise, 2018)8. Boadicea (76-meter, Amels, 1999)9. Elandess (74-meter, Abeking & Rasmussen, 2018)10. Cloud 9 (74-meter, CRN, 2017)
September 24, 2018
After its successful presence at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, Chaser Yachts has been commissioned by YPI to tender new and existing clients at the Monaco Yacht Show from 26 to 29 September. The service will be provided by a luxury Chaser 500R RIB and will bring this superb model to the attention of a wider audience.Yachting Partners International (YPI), one of the world’s leading companies for the sales,chartering, management and crewing of yachts, has entrusted Chaser Yachts with shuttling guests to and from yachts berthed in the ports and anchored offshore during the Monaco Yacht Show. As these are some of the world’s finest luxury vessels being viewed by some of the world’s most discerning consumers, the choice of tender is naturally a crucial one. It is a mark of distinction for Chaser Yachts that its boat has been selected for this prestigious role, and will contribute to the brand’s visibility.The Cannes Yachting Festival already generated lots of attention for Chaser and at least one sale is since close to completion for the Chaser 500R RIB. This model was particularly praised for its finishing and solid build as well as its speed, manoeuvrability and ability to handle waves.Built entirely in aluminium, the 500R is very light and can be customised to suit a wide range of requirements. With a length of 15.30 metres and a beam of 4.56 metres, it provides plentiful seating and sunbathing space for up to 18 people at a time and is characterised by a stylish, easy walkaround. Deluxe facilities onboard include a two fridges, double berth, bathroom with shower and ample storage space for a wide range of toys such as Seabobs. Three Mercury Verado 400R outboard engines provide an astounding top speed of 50+ knots, cruising speed of more than 40 and a range of 600 nautical miles.The starting price of the Chaser 500R is €680,000 (ex. VAT). The model on display atMonaco will be an €850,000 (ex. VAT) version. For more information or to make anappointment for a sea trail at the show call Jeroen Landeweer on +31 641 948 740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 24, 2018
CRN will be participating in the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 - to be held from September 26 th to 29 th - presenting a world premiere of M/Y Latona, a new 50-meter masterpiece that adds an exciting, new chapter to the art of bespoke shipbuilding.The Latona is the highest expression of craftsmanship and excellence, which stem from the successful cooperation between CRN’s Engineering Department and Interiors & Design Department with design firm Zuccon International Project. This new yacht’s technical solutions and the slender lines of her hull and bow are indeed the result of CRN Engineering Department’s outstanding skills and expertise, while Zuccon International Project, together with the Shipyard’s Interiors & Design Department, developed the vessel’s refined interiors and elegant, classical exteriors.“The Latona immediately impressed me because of two features that, I am sure, will also conquer the Monaco Boat Show: a very original and creative intuition and a strong personality, which make her a truly unmatched yacht. Building the Latona was a real challenge and marked yet another step forward in the history of bespoke shipbuilding. To meet her Owner’s wishes, we resorted to our Shipyard’s sound technical expertise and refined craftsmanship. The outcome is a refined, sumptuous yacht that embodies the beauty of Middle-European style from the 1920s, skilfully blending together elegance and functionality”, stated Alberto Galassi, CRN’s Chairman and Ferretti Group’s CEO.The Latona is a classic and timeless megayacht that magnificently combines graceful exterior lines, extremely functional outdoor and indoor areas, and truly distinctive interior design. With her 50 meters in length, four spacious decks and an underdeck, the Latona has been built and forged to achieve maximum customization, as required by her Owner, who did not want to renounce the most authentic uniqueness, evident also in the choice of a precious turquoise shade of the hull. Similarly, the Liberty style pervades all interiors throughout the vessel, highlighting Latona’s unparalleled beauty and becoming an expressive constant of the guest areas. The slender bow, and the large internal and external volumes, embellished with spectacular area overlooking the sea, further enhance this yacht’s endless beauty.Launched in February and delivered in May, the Latona embodies the utmost expression of the technical and design skills of the passionate and demanding CRN team that, driven by the vision of a selective and determined shipowning family, was able to shape the Owner’s talent and wishes, in line with CRN’s iconic slogan: “Made by you with our own hands”.
September 21, 2018