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Sustainability, efficiency and performance. These three intrinsically linked and increasingly important trends are integral to each stage of yacht design, development and construction. Michael Kohler, CEO of Austrian builder of luxury solar-powered catamarans, is a well-versed expert on the absolute necessity of these factors to the longevity of our industry. We caught up with Michael to hear more about the momentous strides Silent-Yachts is taking in the field of sustainable yachting.
DIV Shipbuilding Group recently made headlines as the contract was signed to build the ‘world’s largest private residence yacht’, the 282-metre NJORD. The intriguing project will feature 118 private residences for sale, as well as a number of superyacht amenities and design features. A far cry from a conventional superyacht, NJORD could not by the same token be fairly labelled a cruise ship, and will also incorporate a vision of sustainability and scientific research. We caught up with exterior designer Espen Oeino to discuss the multifaceted project, and whether she is symbolic of larger shifting trends in superyacht ownership and enjoyment.
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.
The controversy and damage caused by cruise ships during the Covid-19 pandemic should not impede superyachts from travelling between ports to reach marinas and shipyards, where maintenance work can provide a much-needed stimulus to trades. Craig Martin, Captain of 60m CRN superyacht Ramble on Rose, explains how his yacht has been kept successfully in isolation at Brisbane-based shipyard Rivergate, demonstrating why the care and smaller scale of superyachts should allow for more industry specific travel restrictions than those imposed on very large passenger vessels.
ISA Yachts, the prolific Italian shipbuilder who brought the world the iconic 66m Okto in 2014, have gone from strength to strength since joining Palumbo Group four years ago. Now, with the delivery date of the first ISA Granturismo 45 nearing rapidly, we caught up with ISA General Manager Francesco Carbone to discuss the inspired new range.
In a time of severe industry upheaval, it is heartening to hear news of positivity and strength from one enduring shipyard at the centre of stylish Italian build. We caught up with Fabrizio Iarrera, Managing Director of Monte Carlo Yachts, to discuss everything the accomplished yard has achieved this year with the debut of the MCY Skylounge Collection, and look ahead at what is still in store for 2020.