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From architecture designed to withstand the world’s harshest conditions to cutting-edge eco-technology, it is evident that the role of the naval architect in the superyacht build process and beyond is both utterly critical and highly understated. For the final part of our naval architecture series, we seized the opportunity to gain some invaluable insight into the life, challenges and ambitions of our industry’s most knowledgeable naval architects.
European superyacht builders have in recent years dominated the field of large luxury yacht build. Increasingly though, the spotlight of the global stage is turning to Turkey, a country whose proliferation of superyacht builders and designers competing in the areas of aesthetic design and performance has propelled it into the forefront of modern yachting. We caught up exclusively with Su Marine’s Timothy Grunberg, to learn more about the yard at the centre of this rise and the secrets of the nation’s rich maritime heritage.
Greek superyacht designer Lally Poulias has a strong reputation for imaginative designs, fusing geometry with aesthetics to meet the ever-evolving demands of clients. Lally spoke to Superyachts.com about his latest project, 103m Blue Diamond, which has been shortlisted for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards.
There has been a promising development out of Phuket, Thailand with the government announcing that foreign tourists will be granted visas for at least 90 days, opening the prospect for superyacht travel and charter in the country.
The second article in our series on naval architecture brings us inevitably to the topic of sustainability. Whether due to higher levels of information and education, or public personas and a shifting demographic of owners, the superyacht industry is becoming increasingly conscious of its environmental footprint. We examine how the architects behind the operation, fuelling and power generation of the world’s ocean giants play an integral role in this discussion, the complexities around this, and what the future looks like for ‘green yachting’.
The underrated and highly complex brief of a naval architect is to bring together all of the various, oftentimes conflicting, processes and people necessary to bring a new build to life. Yet exactly what a naval architect does, how this differs to the job of a designer and how this aligns with our industry’s growing trends, remains shrouded in mystery for many. We talked face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) with some of the biggest names in the sector to uncover just what naval architecture means to the men and women behind the desks.