Viken Group has announced the acquisition of the Italian Yacht Design and Architecture firm Hot Lab. The acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic partnerships and acquisitions strengthening Viken Group’s global offering of comprehensive design, naval architecture and project management services to both the cruise line and yachting industries.
Hot Lab joins TDoS and the Italian design and naval architecture firm Thalia Marine under the Viken Group umbrella, in a collaboration that will facilitate cost-efficient, customized service with streamlined production process for each client. Hot Lab will maintain its office and employees in Milan, Italy, with company founders Enrico Lumini and Antonio Romano remaining at the helm.
Antonio Romano and Enrico Lumini
“We have always focused on the quality of our design and on the professionalism of the entire Hot Lab team. As a proud extension of the Viken Group family, we can only increase both,” says Enrico Lumini, Design Manager Hot Lab.
The acquisition allows TDoS to maintain its focus on cruise ships and large yachts while continuing to hone its unrivaled expertise in large ship back-of-house operations, meeting Solas regulations and cost-effective design solutions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Hot Lab and its employees to Viken Group. Hot Lab’s Architecture for Voyagers approach is a welcome addition to our Group’s global offerings, which also comprise TDoS’s expertise in comprehensive cruise ship and large yacht design, and Thalia Marine’s technical brilliance. We are well on our way to realizing our vision to be better together for our employees and our clients, while striving for our overall goal of a better tomorrow,” says Stefan Nilsson, Group CEO Viken.
Established in early 2022, Viken Group was formed by world-renown design firm Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS) in an effort to provide global expertise in multiple targeted areas of yacht and cruise line design and build. The Viken Group’s name refers to the small village of Viken in Sweden where TDoS once was founded by its pioneer Robert Tillberg.
Established in Milan, Italy by Antonio Romano and Enrico Lumini, Hot Lab is a yacht design and naval architecture firm that has distinguished itself globally with forward-leaning, award-winning yacht designs that display the firm’s “Architecture for Voyagers” approach to balanced and purposeful luxury.
Credits: Hot Lab; Viken Group
The 54.30m Amels motor yacht, Ariela has joined the IYC sales fleet. Ariela was launched by Amels in 2011. Her exterior was penned by renowned designer Tim Heywood, while interiors were made by Laura Sessa. Privately owned and never chartered despite the Amels 177 model from the shipyard’s Limited Editions range proving popular on the charter market. She has a large hot tab at the sundeck, a spacious beach club and an al fresco dining space aft on each deck, additional sunpads and loungers at the foredeck. Ariela features an impressive main saloon with a Yamaha Clavinova situated aft and large sitting area. Large windows provide the saloon with natural light. The second upper deck saloon also has an area for socializing.Ariela can accommodate 12 guests across six cabins, including one master suite, three VIP cabins and two cabins. Thanks to two MTU 16V 2000 M70 she can reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. The yacht has a range of 4,500 nautical miles.Ariela is asking EUR29,500,000.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.Credits: IYC
July 1, 2022
The German shipyard cooperates with the extremely experienced team of Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage. The new Preferred Partner maintains several offices in France and Monaco. With Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage (BGYB), YYachts has brought on board one of the most competent brokers in France as a Preferred Partner. BGYB specializes in the sale and management of yachts. From now on the models of YYachts are part of the official portfolio at BGYB.Y7Founded by Bernard Gallay, a highly experienced sailor - including two participations in the Vendée Globe, 14 Atlantic crossings, an America's Cup engagement - BGYB has been present in the yachting industry since 1994. Two years after its founding, the company was admitted to the Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association (MYBA).Bernard GallayThe contact person at BGYB for all those interested in YYachts will be François Boucher. Boucher is a very successful sailor who has participated in many major regattas such as the Clipper Race, the Two Ton Cup and the Route du Rhum. He sailed Round Britain and the Ireland Race crossed the Atlantic 45 times. With Boucher, who has also handled project management for numerous formats up to 140 feet in length, YYachts customers will have one of France's most experienced sailing yacht experts at their side as an advisor at BGYB."France is a sailing nation and I am sure that with Bernard Gallay and his network we will tap into completely new potential. This will certainly already be evident at the Cannes Yachting Festival, where we will be presenting two brand new YYachts," comments Christian Möller, CEO of YYachts.YYachts is a German shipyard that builds carbon sailing yachts between 70 and 100 feet in length. The portfolio consists of the Y7, Y8 and Y9 models; the Custom Division implements completely individual designs.Credits: YYachts
July 1, 2022
Glamorous Bluegame yachts have a lot in common with glorious Costa Smeralda. That’s why the shipyard decided that it will be the perfect location for the family reunion. From 29th June to 4th September the entire Bluegame fleet – BG42, BG54, BG62, BG72, BGX60 and BGX70 – will be at the Marina in Porto Cervo for the most awaited summer event. BG72For example, the BG54’s design continues the tradition of all Bluegame yachts. The yacht proves its safe sea worthiness in any weather condition. The cockpit is open to 360° to offer breathtaking views, the hardtop is equipped with a private sun lounge and the wheelhouse remains unsurpassed for maximum visibility and the reverse windshield. BGX70The BGX70 features direct access from the beach area into the saloon and owner’s cabin, which gives her an unprecedented internal layout, never seen before in a 70’ yacht. The main deck offers a 360° visibility thanks to large windows surfaces, which create a single in-out environment.BG62The BG72 was born as a happy intuition of Architect Luca Santella with the collaboration of Zuccon International Project, which has given great personality to both interior and exterior spaces. She features a spacious saloon and an impressive owner’s cabin, that can be found on any 72-footer. She has a top speed of 31 knots and a range of over 800 nautical miles at 10 knots. BG54And this is only a part of what can be seen in the crystal waters of the Costa Smeralda. The Bluegame might be also found inside the temporary store of Sanlorenzo, the international group the shipbuilder belonged to. A beautiful lounge located in the Porto Vecchio pier among other exclusive luxury brands from all over the world.Bluegame is part of Sanlorenzo. The Sanlorenzo shipyard has been building high-quality motor yachts since 1958. It is a boutique firm in the yachting industry, building only a limited number of made-to-measure units per year. Each yacht is designed and produced according to the specific requests, style, and desires of the individual owner.Credits: Bluegame
July 1, 2022
The Adventure Area is the Monaco Yacht Show’s new themed exhibition dedicated to adventure, exploration and all manner of leisure activities on board a yacht.The exhibition will span across two sites at Monaco’s Port Hercule: Quai Antoine Ier, which previously featured the Car Deck and Tenders & Toys exhibitions, is now home to the Adventure Area that combines the two themes in a single location, boasting a myriad of luxury vehicles, tenders and water toys for visitors to discover; secondly, as in previous editions, around twenty tenders will be moored at Quai Jarlan.The new Adventure Area is set to boast a vast range of day-trip and sports tenders, luxury and off-road vehicles, water toys, high-tech gadgets, helicopters and tailor-made programmes to explore the planet’s most remote destinations.This expanded display underscores the organizers' commitment to providing visitors with the best yachting experience and is in line with trends where charter clients want to drive all-terrain vehicles to the North Pole or underwater excursions, boat trips off the coast of secluded islands, enjoy private excursions to historical and cultural sites in coastal areas, discover animal species or even take part in scientific trips.By announcing three new themed exhibitions for 2022 – the Sustainability Hub, the Yacht Design & Innovation Hub (new format) and the Adventure Area – the Monaco Yacht Show has proven that it is moving towards its goal of not only helping the industry reimagine the yachting experience, but also reaching out to a new generation of customers who are revolutionizing the concept of luxury.The Show will take place from 28 September to 1 October.Credits: MYS
June 30, 2022
Sirena Yachts has announced the debut of its brand-new 78 at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival. The 78 designed to be a do-it-all cruiser that excels as well as an entertainment platform as she does on longer-range voyages. The Sirena 78’s flying bridge is available either in open, semi-enclosed or fully enclosed formats. Sirena decided to offer these options as their clients tend to boat in a variety of locales with differing climates. Each of the latter iterations benefits from super-sized windows that let in natural light and also allow for excellent views. The main saloon in Elegance version The 78 will be absent from a main-deck helm station, which opens up space in that area for entertainment. The sheer amount of space means that all guests will have lots of room to relax and socialize on the main deck.The main saloon in Serenity version The centerpiece on the main-deck’s interior will be a massive galley. The enormous island provides loads of counter space that makes entertaining easy and also makes food prep a cinch. A deep sink, extra stowage, and full-size appliances round out the galley. Sirena’s new 78 will also have a revolutionary loose-furniture concept that is sure to impress any potential client. Pieces of furniture such as settees and ottomans will be able to be arranged nearly anywhere an owner so desires. In this way, the layout of the boat is ever-changing and even more customizable. The owner's cabin in Elegance version She can accommodate eight guests across four cabins. The yacht features a full-beam, amidships master cabin with a private bath and dressing area. A forepeak VIP benefits large windows.The main saloon in Inspiration version The 78 will have a unique foredeck area with a key element – a massive sunpad flanked by tables to port and starboard accompanied by L-shaped settees. The overall effect of this setup is a true alfresco lounge.The world debut will take place between 6 September and 11 September 2022 at the Cannes Boat Show.Sirena Yachts is a Turkish yacht brand. The company produces semi-displacement motor yachts ranging from 17m to over 30m.Credits: Sirena Yachts
June 30, 2022