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Though 2020 certainly threw some challenges at the shipyards, they responded with adaptive and innovative measures to ensure projects have remained on schedule for delivery. There have been some outstanding additions to the Top100 fleet of world’s largest superyachts in 2020, with many more to be edging their way out of construction sheds in the near future.
Heesen has announced the sale of YN 19255, Project Pollux. The second hull from the newly restyled 55-metre Steel class, Project Pollux features a calm and sophisticated interior design penned by British studio Bannenberg & Rowell, who were given free rein with the project commencing on speculation.
Heesen Yachts has launched Project Pollux, the latest 55m superyacht to be built at the Dutch shipyard and the second in the class to sport a new layout. The superyacht has hit the water and is now preparing for sea trials in October.
Heesen has announced the latest delivery from its 55-metre Steel class, with YN 19055 Project Castor christened Solemates as she is introduced to the world. Solemates features an all-new layout, the first for her class, and an impressive volume of 760GT. She becomes the second Heesen superyacht to be delivered since the outbreak of Covid-19.
With over 200 superyachts built and roots dating back to 1849, Dutch shipbuilder Feadship has earned a prestigious reputation for building some of the finest superyachts on the water today. Last week though, Feadship flexed its prowess in the field of pedigree refits as the 57.6m superyacht W emerged from its Makkum facility after ten months of work.
Lurssen Yachts has made a name for itself on the global stage for releasing more Top 100 superyachts than any other builder. After decades of monopolising the ranks, with iconic flagships such as Azzam, Dilbar, Flying Fox and Tis under its belt (to name just a few), it is no surprise that Lurssen has earned something of a reputation for big builds. But as the latest look inside the Lurssen shed shows, this German yacht builder is more than capable of versatility in its production line.
Bannenberg & Rowell seem to be unstoppable at the moment. From Lurssen’s Project Hawaii to Echo Yachts’ 56m HSV, design news seems inordinately inundated with fresh announcements from this against-the-grain British studio. And Bannenberg & Rowell has more than maintained this unconventional brand with the introduction of its latest 43m Project Estrade, announced by a sentiment not often heard in yachting: ‘Dress up by all means, but this yacht is not about hedonism.’
Proudly waving the flag for British design talent on the global stage, Bannenberg & Rowell Design has dominated the field of superyacht design for two decades. Recently making headlines as Lurssen’s Project Hawaii nears delivery, we thought a catch up with the busy pair to be long overdue.
London-based design studio Bannenberg & Rowell has released Project Echo HSV, a Humanitarian Support Vessel developed in collaboration with Australian custom superyacht builder Echo Yachts. The 50-metre project injects style into the sphere of support vessels, while remaining suited to challenging missions to remote areas of the world.
The launch of 87m Project Hawaii from Lurssen’s highly secretive Bremen shipyard in January this year caused quite a stir, as the German shipbuilding giants were quick to claim the first Top 100 launch of 2020. This morning we provide an update on Hawaii’s journey to delivery, as the exceptional superyacht has begun sea trials in the Baltic Sea.
As the demands of the modern yacht owner become ever more adventurous, so too must the industry’s designers strive to stay ahead of the curve in terms of surpassing expectations and predicting trends. With the evolving demographics of owners and the ever-popular surge in explorer yachting, the industry remains ripe for a project which encapsulates sleek, timeless style and ambitious capabilities in one exceptionally streamlined vessel. Bannenberg & Rowell’s latest project, the 65m Telex, embodies just this; and is testament of the London-based design studio’s superior standing in an extremely competitive market.
All eyes were on German shipyard Lurssen’s Bremen facilities this morning as the long-awaited 87m Project Hawaii hit the water for the first time. The new build will mark Lurssen’s first Top 100 yacht of the new year.
The SuperYachtsMonaco charter fleet just got a bit bigger… the brokerage today announced their new Central Agency for Heesen 46m Naseem. The third vessel to come out of Heesen’s successful 4700 series in 2008, this classic motor yacht exemplifies the unrivalled pedigree of Dutch yachting.
In a great week for superyacht news, Benetti has announced that it has delivered a custom yacht: M/Y Metis. The innovative and elaborate 63m build was delivered today in Livorno to a longstanding German client of Yacht Moments, who was introduced to the shipyard by Kurt Lehmann.