1. Winners of the Monaco Yacht Show Awards announced

Two days ago winners of the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show Awards were announced at a gala reception held at Monaco's Hotel Hermitage. 3 superyachts, selected from 13 nominees, split 4 awards amongst themselves. Galactica Super Nova, the 70-meter Heesen flagship delivered earlier in 2016, won the finest new superyacht award and the best interior design award70-meter sailing yacht, Sybaris also picked up an award at the ceremony for its exterior design. Genesi, the first yacht ever built by Italian shipyard, Wider picked up the MYS/RINA award given for its eco-friendliness by the Italian classification company, RINA.

Last week Oceanco's 106m superyacht hit the water for the first time at the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam. Dutch Yachting has captured these photos of Project Y712 while en route from Keppel Verolme to the Dutch shipyard's facility in Alblasserdam. Nuvolari Lenard Design is responsible for both the exterior and interior design and Oceanco & Dykstra Naval Architects for the naval architecture.

We've been following up on the story of 35m yacht catching fire in the UAE. And now the new details of the incident have emerged. On September 22, a blaze engulfed 35m yacht Moon in the Al Hamra Marina located in Ras Al Khaimah, 90km from Dubai, UAE. According to 7days, the vessel was completely destroyed after attempts to extinguish the fire failed. The owner told the website it originated on the upper deck due to an electrical problem. The blaze then burned completely through the vessel before it sank to the bottom of the sea. Luckily, the yacht was insured. 

German shipyard Lürssen is proud to announce that it is acquiring the Blohm+Voss yard. Pending approval from the German Fair Trade Commission, Lürssen will incorporate six yards with approximately 2800 employees in Northern Germany. 

80m superyacht Zen is the result of a close cooperation of two longtime partners in the yachting world, Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards. The vessel's profile breaks from the typical ‘wedding-cake’ appearance, without sacrificing any useable space. The aft section of the superstructure features a 13 meter lounge, in which the sides and aft glass corners open fully to the exterior deck. The midsection has an inside-outside dining area with sliding doors to each side that can pocket fully and a skylight. Expandable balconies on both sides provide space for an aperitif. The forward section consists of a high-tech bridge with floating consoles and two guest settees. Outside, a vast and versatile exterior deck of almost 500 square meters is suitable for lounging, sunbathing, sports activities and parties. The area expands by an additional 100 square meters when the aft lounge is opened. An 8 meter swimming pool is located on the aft deck, with a large Jacuzzi on the foredeck.

Australian superyacht specialists Echo Yachts has teamed up with Sorgiovanni Design and One2three Naval Architects to create 120m trimaran concept. The vessel features striking, progressive contemporary design and attention to the details that Sam Sorgiovanni is famous for. The 120m trimaran's alluring amenities include rotating master stateroom section, private owners outdoor entertaining zone with a swimming pool, both indoor and outdoor dining settings for 26 guests, large indoor cinema, glass central passenger lift, fully appointed gym and spa, sundeck helipad, foredeck touch & go helipad, sundeck Jacuzzi, transformer sea stair and bathing platform and forward tender garage enclosed with gull wing style hull doors.

It seems that M/Y A is doing a European tour as since May she has been seen in Icelandthe South of France, the Netherlands ( Rotterdam and Amsterdam) and Germany. Now we have been informed that the superyacht has been spotted in Bordeaux, France. A, which can be yours for $300 million, was built by Blohm+Voss in 2008 and designed by Philipp Starck. The superyacht sleeps up to 14 guests in 7 cabins, as well as a crew of 42. 

As you may know, 70m Galactica Super Nova has been announced as one of the winners at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show AwardsHeesen flagship has won the finest new superyacht award and the best exterior design award. Designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, the superyacht combines high speed with increased stability. The superyacht features an exterior design by Espen Oeino and an interior by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. 

Dutch Yachting has shared the photos of Holland's largest yacht to date with her masts installed. Last week Oceanco's 106m superyacht hit the water for the first time at the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam. Nuvolari Lenard Design is responsible for both the exterior and interior design and Oceanco & Dykstra Naval Architects for the naval architecture. 

Benetti has revealed a new line of superyachts, named Now, during the first day of the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. Created by the shipyard in collaboration with architect Stefano Natucci and British Design Studio Redman Whiteley Dixon, Benetti Now will ensure Owners unique yachts, in line with modern standards of seafaring excellence, with reduced construction time.  The superyachts in the new Benetti Now range will all be over 50 meters in length and built from steel and aluminium at the Livorno shipyard. Four models will be available: B164 (50 meters), B192 (58.6 meters), B214 (65 meters) and B240 (73 meters). 

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88m Feadship Zen at the Sea Trial
Feadship has shared new images of the latest 88.38m Zen (Project 816) in the sea trial on the shipyard’s Facebook page. “One foggy morning on the North Sea... The 88.38-metre Feadship Zen moves peacefully through the water; a beautiful sight even on such a bleak day!” says the shipyard. Zen was launched in December 2020 and is going through its test in the North Sea. Her exterior was designed by Feadship’s very own Studio De Voogt. The five-deck yacht has a large swimming pool at the aft and a jacuzzi on the sun deck. Her interior was made by Nauta Design and FM Architettura. Zen has accommodations for sixteen guests, including the owners, who will be served by twenty-five crew members.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, delivering superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: courtesy of Feadship/Facebook
Video: Overmarine’s 39m Mangusta Oceano 39
Italian shipbuilder Overmarine has shared the video of the new Mangusta Oceano 39. This 39m yacht has three decks, a lot of glass on the superstructure, an infinity pool at the aft and another one at the sundeck. Alberto Mancini stands behind the ‘minal, warm and cosy’ interior design, but they can be customized according to the owner’s wishes. A seaside glass villa, as the shipyards noted, the new fast displacement model of the Mangusta Oceano 39 can reach 21 knots and the displacement version can reach 16 knots. 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
36m Isabella Sold
Northrop & Johnson has announced the sale of the 35.97m Westport motor yacht Isabella by Yacht Brokers Joe Foggia and Paul Daubner, acting on behalf of the seller. The yacht was launched by her renowned American builder in 1999. After a 2017 refit, the yacht presented beautifully. She boasts impressive interior space and a well-thought-out on-deck layout providing abundant spaces for her new owners and guests to relax and socialize.Isabella’s interior was designed by Pacific Custom Interiors, which created a welcoming and elegant main salon outfitted with bespoke furnishings and seating, a full bar and an entertainment center – all of which was built using the highest quality materials by expert craftsmen. The yacht’s formal dining table is located forward of the main salon. Large windows provide abundant natural light and incredible views.She can accommodate ten guests in five staterooms. The yacht’s master cabin is located on the main deck. It is outfitted with a king bed and an impressive ensuite bathroom with a tub and shower. Four additional staterooms are located below deck, each with an ensuite bathroom. The yacht carries a crew of four in two ensuite crew cabins.The exterior decks of Isabella are stylish and were designed by Anderson Yacht Design. The yacht has a large aft deck and foredeck sunpads. Her flybridge is outfitted with a wet bar, barbecue, jacuzzi and lots of space to unwind.Credits: Northrop & Johnson
Alva Yachts Builds up a Global Dealer Network
The German based manufacturer of electric yachts and floating solutions Alva Yachts has signed contracts with environmentally conscious yachting dealers from across the world. Alva Yachts has seen strong interest from dealer partners in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. However North America is particularly strong. This is driven by incredibly strong consumer demand for luxury solar-powered catamarans.Alva Yachts dealer networkMathias May, Alva Yachts co-founder and managing director“We are very proud to announce our global network and look forward to further growth as a company with newly gained partners all over the world”, says Mathias May, Alva Yachts co-founder and managing director.Dennis de Roos, Alva Yacht’s Interim Commercial DirectorDennis de Roos (Alva Yacht’s Interim Commercial Director) says: “The main focus is on the growth of the Company and network expansion, with the implementation of a strong dealer structure around the world. To support this mission, the Alva management has established very important partnerships with distributors and dealers in the key yachting areas of the world, where electric and emission-free sea travel has become a key requirement.”Alva Yachts OE60Alva Yachts was founded in Germany in early 2020 by Mathias May and Holger Henn. It was built on the former PICA yachts, which launched more than 40 boats. May brings with him many years’ experience in boatbuilding, and is managing director of a new company based in Bad Pyrmont, Germany. Henn, on the other hand, is a celebrated yacht designer with numerous award-winning designs from 26ft to 82ft under his belt. He has taken on the role of CEO of Alva Yachts.Credits: Alva Yachts
Explorer Arctic Owl: Fast and Light
Steven Kozloff has announced the new explorer project Arctic Owl in his Goliath Series. The 61m Arctic Owl is fast, light, has a shallow draft and features a helicopter hangar.The U-Boat Worx NEMO submarine can be accommodated in the garage. The submarine’s easy launch and recovery system is Kozloff’s most recent invention. She also has a separate dedicated garage for the tenders, both port and starboard, resulting in an effortless launch and recovery system. Arctic Owl has two aft cranes to load and off-load research equipment.The Arctic Owl can accommodate up to ten guests and six crew members. She features two master cabins with panoramic views, forward and aft, and has four additional rooms that can accommodate two guests each.There is a generously sized spa, swimming pool, and lounging area at the bow. The Arctic Owl cruises at 16 knots for 6,000 nautical miles. Credits: Steven Kozloff