Seven Somali men, accused of hijacking a French yacht in the Gulf of Aden, appeared in Paris court on Tuesday. The defendants are incriminated of killing the owner and kidnapping his wife, who survived the ordeal and was rescued by Spanish naval forces.
The suspects, 25- to 32-years-old, face possible life prison terms if convicted.
Christian and Eveline Colombo had undertaken an around-the-world trip. On September 3, 2011, they left the port of Aden in Yemen and were heading for Oman. On September 8, naval authorities received a distress signal from their catamaran, “Tribal Kat”.
A short while later, a German frigate patrolling the pirate-infested waters found the bullet-riddled yacht empty with blood on its decks. Two days later, a Spanish warship located the skiff believed to belong to the pirates. They tried to approach but turned away when the attackers dragged Evelyne Colombo into view, a gun to her head.
The Spanish military prepared a raid and attacked a few hours later, killing two suspected kidnappers and taking the others into custody. Evelyne Colombo told the rescuers that her husband's body had been dumped into the sea. It was never found.
The seven surviving pirates have remained in French custody since the rescue. Their trial is expected to last two weeks.
The 43 meter full-custom F77 has been launched by Codecasa. The launching took place on May 19, 2020 at 11.00 am, at the Codecasa Shipyards production facility in the Darsena of Viareggio, with a private and exciting ceremony, in the presence of the family of the owner and the people who contributed to the realization of this jewel. The yacht was christened as Boji. Boji is a totally custom-made full displacement yacht, with steel hull and aluminum superstructure designed by Codecasa Shipyards in-house technical staff.The 43 meter yacht features a typical vertical bow, big windows, which let the natural light into the interiors and make the exteriors elegant and eye-catching. The internal volumes are just below 500 GRT, the remarkable exterior spaces, with a clean and elegant line, can ensure the best comfort and privacy. She can accommodate 11 guests between five cabins, including the owner’s suite, two doubles and two twins. Boji is equipped with two Caterpillar 3512C main engines (1.650 HP at 1.800 rpm) and able to reach a top speed of 16.5 knots at light displacement with a range of 4.000 nautical miles at 11 knots speed.Codecasa Shipyards was established in Viareggio in 1825 by the shipwright Giovanni Battista Codecasa. Still run by the founder’s heirs, nowadays the Codecasa Shipyards Group is able to offer a wide range of Yachts, featured by top quality, technologic innovation, reliability, design and comfort. The shipyard is known all over the world as builders of steel and light alloy motoryachts, ranging from 30 to 70 meters LOA.Credits: Codecasa
May 19, 2022
Tecnomar has announced the delivery of the EVO120 motor yacht. The construction in which Camper and Nicholsons International was involved as project managers and owner’s representative was launched last December.EVO120 represents the perfect blend between style and functionality, engineering efficiency and avantgarde design, true to Tecnomar’s philosophy, renown for the brand’s sportive spirit and high performance yachts. The aluminum hull and superstructure highlight attention to the environment and sustainability.The main deck is equipped with an external lounge area and a dining area. The sun deck hosts an infinity pool as well as the wheelhouse which, although completely integrated in the smooth design of the sides, grants optimal visibility.The interior design organically blends with the external lines: smooth and curvy shapes effortlessly join sharper and more defined lines. Elegant, but at the same time fresh and modern, with a delicate but bold color palette and completely custom furniture, inspired by automotive design, are the product of skilled Italian craftsmanship.The lower deck features a full-beam owner’s cabin, a VIP cabin, a guest cabin and a massage room with sauna. The crew area is on the bow, whereas the stern hosts the storage space for toys and tenders.The Italian Sea Group’s Tecnomar brand produces and commercializes yachts in steel and aluminum up to 50 meters. Founded in 1987 and acquired by the Italian Sea Group in 2009, Tecnomar has launched 289 yachts through the years, also thanks to the Tecnomar Evo line, which has earned great success in the Asian market.Credits: Tecnomar
May 19, 2022
Riva has launched its new flybridge yacht Riva 102’ Corsaro Super, a beautiful flybridge yacht with a completely rethought design and spaces to enjoy in comfort and conviviality. She entered the water in La Spezia, at the shipyard where models in the 76 to 130-foot range are built. 100’ Corsaro became one of the most popular best sellers in recent years.The 31m yacht features the work of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design, working in partnership with the Strategic Product Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department.New features include the design of the superstructure and the hull, which have both been completely renewed based on a contemporary sport concept that sees direct contact with the water as the supreme pleasure of going to sea. The new Riva 102’ Corsaro Super is over 30 meters in length overall and has a beam of almost 7 meters. Her distinctive silhouette reaches out like an arrowhead, giving the yacht a sleek and assertive profile. Aft, new glass fashion plates improve the vessel's aerodynamics.New dimensions and optimized spaces revolutionize how time is spent on board. Functionality, maximum liveability and ever more direct contact with the water are the guiding principles behind all the new features, such as the option to install special gunwales that swing out on either side of the main deck to create exclusive terraces with a panoramic view, increasing the volume of the external walkways without affecting the vessel’s elegant profile.One of the highlights of the new superyacht, responding to growing demand from owners, is the complete redesign of the stern area on the main deck. This entire space will be configured as an extended 35 sq. m beach club dedicated to conviviality and comfort.The new Corsaro Super can accommodate 10 guests across five cabins. The interior design also features some major innovations. In the main living area, two different layouts are available for the owner to choose from. The first has a focus on the dining space, with a table seating eight in the stern area, while the lounge is central and maintains visual contact with the outside world through extensive windows that open onto the lateral walkways. In the second layout, the lounge and large sofas are in the area first encountered on entering the saloon, while the dining space is central.At the owner’s request, the new Riva 102’ Corsaro Super can be fitted with the standard pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96 engines, rated 2,435 mhp each for a top speed of 26 knots, or a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines rated 2,638 mhp, driving the yacht to a top speed of over 28 knots (preliminary data).The first unit will make its official debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022.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
May 19, 2022
The Brazilian shipyard Inace has revealed their newest flagship, the 50m Aventura 164. The idea behind the project to change the initial ideas about explorers – the elegant design combined with excellent seaworthiness. The yacht’s exterior was penned by HydroTec with its founder Sergio Cutolo. “We recently challenged Sergio Cutolo to design the ultimate 50 meter / 499GT motor yacht – a vessel for a client with a Mediterranean yachting lifestyle that also wants to take his big family around the world with comfort, safety and style,” says Flavio Constantino, director at Inace.The interior will be made by Italian studio Francesco Guida and features Italian elegance and chic. The yacht can accommodate 12 guests across six cabins, including two owner’s suites on the main deck and lower deck, respectively and four guest cabins.Aventura 164 can offer a spacious beach club and an expandable swim platform with folding bulwarks, two swimming pools and a generous tender garage.The yacht will have a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. Construction on the new flagship is about to start with the delivery in 30 months after building begins. Inace is a Brazilian private shipyard owned by the same family since 1968. During that time almost 900 vessels were delivered.Credits: Flavio Constantino
May 18, 2022
Italian Daily Nautica reports that 27m Naseem caught fire and later flooded. The incident happened on Thursday the 12th May in Puglia. The Coast Guard tried to put out the fire and rescued three crew members, but unfortunately the yacht sanked. The cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated. Naseem was delivered by Dominator in 2009. With a beam of 6.6 m and a draft of 2.5 m, she had a GRP hull and GRP superstructure. She was powered by Caterpillar engines of 1800 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots. Naseem's maximum range is estimated at 420 nautical miles. The motor yacht could accommodate eight guests across four cabins.Credits: Daily Nautica; Yacht Harbour archive
May 18, 2022