Bremerhaven-based Lloyd Werft shipyard with 300 employees and the MV Werften in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 1900 employees filed for bankruptcy on Monday, January 10. Both are owned by the Asian conglomerate Genting Hong Kong. The cruise division of the Genting Group has been in trouble because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The MV Werften shipyard was bought by Genting in 2016. The troubles started with the completion of the €1.5 billion cruise ship project Global Dream, which can accommodate up to 10,000 passengers and 75 percent finished.
The German government had earlier said it was willing to discuss a 600 million-euro ($678 million) bailout plan that would protect 1,900 jobs. But German officials made clear that they wanted Genting, which is majority-owned by Malaysian billionaire Lim Kok Thay, to contribute at least 10% to the rescue effort.
“The German government did everything to prevent the insolvency of MV Werften and thereby save jobs,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck told German news agency dpa. “However, the owners rejected our offer of help; the bankruptcy application is the result.”
The Lloyd shipyard was founded in 1857 and in 2021 had launched the 140m superyacht Solaris.
According to the DPA the federal and state governments would continue to discuss the shipyard’s future in the coming weeks.
There are potential buyers for the Lloyd shipyard – the Bremerhaven steel and shipbuilding group Rönner has expressed an interest. At the Monaco Yacht Show 2021 Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven and The A group revealed a 115 meter explorer concept Apex with a range of 9000 nautical miles.
Credits: Lloyd Werft; MV Werften
Cantiere Delle Marche has launched the 43m full custom explorer Acala. Acala has been commissioned by an experienced yachtsman who, over the years, owned yachts built by shipyards such as Feadship, Lürssen, Blohm and Voss. He is a repeat client for CdM, his previous Acala, a Darwin 102, cruising in the Med but also sailing the expanses of the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic and reaching the wild beauty of remote destinations and the best diving spots in the world.“I am delighted and proud of this milestone launch. The trust this owner confirmed in CdM gives us the highest reason for pride. The mutual trust established between with this client and CdM team has been pivotal to the good result of the whole process that lead to the completion of such a complex project,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM’s co-founder and sales & marketing director.“The work on technical specifications has been extremely detailed and it lasted almost 12 months to achieve a double result: to build a 43-meter yacht with the most detailed and comprehensive specs we have ever drawn up and to proceed with no need of major modifications as construction progressed,” continues Vasco Buonpensiere.Acala’s eye-catching lines were drawn by Viareggio-based Horacio Bozzo Design. She features a large windows on the main deck whose mullions seem not to join the superstructure that are undoubtedly Acala profile’s signature features. Her full displacement hull was made by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec. Acala’s interior design was penned by Mexican architect Simon Hamui. Guest areas are spread over three decks and a sun deck. Acala can accommodate 12 guests across six cabins. A large lobby sits in between the main salon and guest night quarters. The full beam main deck, from amidship forward is dedicated to guests and owners. Three large VIP’s and an owner suite to starboard side are flooded by natural light from large windows. Two twin cabins are located on the lower deck.A spacious panoramic sky lounge located on the upper deck and includes the dining area. A large cockpit features dining and lounging areas, a swimming pool and lots of space to relax. A partially shaded sun deck integrated into the profile provides the social hub for Acala’s guests with an al fresco dining, bar, vast sunbathing area alongside a second swimming pool. A dumbwaiter connects the galley located on the lower deck to all deck, sun deck included, to convey food and drinks and ease the work of crew.With a total length of 43,10 meters, a beam of 8.60m, thanks to hull geometry, 62 400-liter fuel tanks, and the extremely frugal consumption of her twin Caterpillar C32 Acert engines 746kW each, Acala will have a range of above 5 000 nautical miles at 10 knots and a top speed of 14 knots. “Being chosen by experienced owners such as this gentleman who decided to have his second yacht built by us, after having owned yachts built by the most reputed Northern European brands, is the best possible prove that our commitment, dedication, technical skills and quality are second to none,” says Ennio Cecchini, CdM’s CEO. 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
January 26, 2022
Design firm Isola Corvus together with beiderbeck designs introduces a new sailing concept, the 41m Velarca 135. She is designed to fill the missing spot in the yachting industry. “Velarca 135 is our answer for the sustainable future and to the environmental goals set in Glasgow 2021,” says in the company statement.Velarca has a streamlined, motor yacht like profile featuring a very large beach club at the stern, providing a stylish lounge area and a very large swim platform, with additional space for effortless indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. For functionality and easy access Velarca 135 has a lift to the front bulkhead of the beach club which makes all decks and areas safely accessible for everyone.The generous layout has two versions. The deluxe version with the large owner’s cabin will accommodate 10 people, the charter optimized layout has cabins for 12 guests. All cabins are large and equipped with a private toilet and shower with plenty of window space. Cabins are located nearby the staircase that leads to the large dining and living room upstairs. The yacht's general arrangement and styling as well as the main technical features such as the completely new kind of rig are specifically designed to make the transition from motor yachting to a more low carbon alternative, sailing, as effortless as possible. Even though the nature of Velarca is clearly a cruising yacht, the hull shape, keel and the rudder are the latest available technology from offshore racing circuits. The yacht also comes with three different keel options depending on the intended use and the sportiest fixed keel version provides a racing yacht like performance.Velarca 135 has a completely new kind of rig with three self-tacking and hydraulically furling jibs (The “Fisherman sail” being upside down) that can be opened or reefed by using the push buttons at the cockpit. Handling the sails of this yacht doesn't therefore require a small army of deck crew but instead it has been automated as far as possible. Isola Corvus Oy (Ltd) is a Finnish newcomer in the super yacht industry. Company is founded by Sami Lehtonen and Sanna-Kaisa Koivisto, offshore racing partners, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Velarca project started, when these two sailors and explorers found out through intense market research that there is room for a specific kind of sailing yacht in the market and decided to act. The beiderbeck lmmo Lüdeling and Tim Ulrich sketched the Velarca 135 design.Credits: Isola Corvus Oy
January 26, 2022
The 62m Nobiskrug’s project Cap d’Ail (formerly known as Project 794) will be completed at Lürssen. The vessel that left the Nobiskrug's Rendsburg facility on January 22, arrived at the Lürssen site in Bremen last weekend. The hull was originally laid in June 2019, but since the Nobiskrug has financial difficulties it will be finished at Lürssen. The exterior design was created by Espen Oeino. The yacht spreads across five decks and has expansive exterior deck spaces. Details were hidden from the public, but it’s known that she will feature a spa area with a seven meter glass pool, a spacious tender garage and plenty of water toys. Imperial Yachts, as the owner’s representatives, will oversee the final construction phase up to delivery of the yacht. Project Cap d’Ail is scheduled for completion in spring 2021.Lürssen is a German shipyard with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and shipbuilding facilities in Lemwerder, Berne and Bremen-Aumund. Founded in 1875, Lürssen is one of the world's leading builders of custom luxury superyachts and has launched many of the largest yachts in the global fleet.Credits: DrDuu /Imperial Yachts
January 26, 2022
The Gladius superyacht range was presented by design studio Sturge and Toth in collaboration with Y.CO. Named after one of the fastest fish in the oceans, the swordfish, its exterior has sharp and elegant lines. It also parallels the striking power of the Roman army sword: The Gladio. The range includes three platforms, starting with a 43m. The longest will be a 74m vessel and the 62m is placed in the middle. One of the main design intents is the upper deck and sundeck superstructure on all ranges, built as an aluminium space frame within a smoothly sculpted glass geometry, where transitions of spanning convex and concave shapes realize exciting reflections as a key design feature, and partial see through photo-voltaic elements nurture its glowing appearance by night, playfully displaying the yachts energy conscious yet undisclosed technical features. Panoramic views through the advanced geometries from these framed glass structures within spaces with grand ceiling heights allow for unmistakable atmospheres also at night, where fluorescent particles melted into the glass appear as a high tech homage to the beauty of Scandinavian northern lights. During daytime these particles and solar panel flakes drop a homogeneous yet clustered shade, casting a pattern inspired by vintage military camouflage nets to the teak deck, while fully glazed aft sections are intended to transform into grand open decks by smart convertible sliding panels. “The larger vessels of the range include options of split deck layouts at the upper deck, where Loft like interiors translate into a concentric gallery overlooking the bridge and main deck lounge where an almost free floating bridge connects straight forward to the spacious master cabin and grandmaster office space," says Toby Sturge, S&T Co founder.Double height ceiling sections break up the flowing layout of the practical GA, allowing for views up and down between decks at certain cut out areas where large installations of fiber optic and glass sculptures mix in with brushed natural root woods. Whilst high contrasts of different haptic surface treatments reassemble a range of topographic patterns taken from 3d scans of ocean floors, panels of monochrome wood finishes are surrounded by polished stainless steel and soft woven silk and leather finishes, fusing classic styles and conservative inspirations with radical, futuristic influences of artificial Intelligence and virtual reality.Credits: Sturge and Toth
January 25, 2022
Overmarine Group has sold the 44.47m Mangusta Oceano 44. She was sold to an American client in cooperation with Ale Navarro from brokerage house HMY Yachts. “At the moment Mangusta is represented overseas by all three product lines, with the number of all-metal vessels steadily on the increase. The Mangusta Oceano 44 is a super modern “Miami Style” loft, characterized by unprecedented use of glazed surfaces and large sliding doors on all decks that keep all onboard areas seamlessly connected – a feature and a new lifestyle that did not fail to captivate the сlient”, explains Mangusta President Americas Stefano Arlunno, who supervised the sale in cooperation with Ale Navarro from HMY.The yacht’s exterior and interior design came from Alberto Mancini, a naval architect penned by PierLuigi Ausonio Naval Architecture. The 44m superyacht spreads across three decks and features two swimming pools and the spacious beach club, who conceived to be the very heart of social life on board. The shipyard’s Design Department is already working with the client to select custom solutions and materials capable of truly reflecting the owner’s personal style.Mangusta Oceano 44 has a range of 4,500 nautical miles, a maximum speed of up to 16 knots, and a cruising speed of 11 knots, with maximum comfort ensured at all times by zero-speed and underway stabilizers.Unit number 4, Project Parma, is currently under construction and will be available for delivery in summer 2024.Overmarine Group was founded in 1985 by the Balducci family. The shipyard builds open and displacement power superyachts under the Mangusta and Mangusta Oceanco brand names. Credits: Overmarine
January 25, 2022