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How does a 1966 navy vessel become one of the most popular luxury charter superyachts of the 21st century? Visionary businessman and passionate sailor, Jan Verkerk, had the answer when he embarked on a journey to turn vintage Dutch maritime school vessel Prinses Margriet into the now beloved explorer yacht Sherakhan.
Joined by Daan Balk and Melvin Van Campenhout from Balk Shipyard on the third day of the Monaco Yacht Show, we couldn’t wait to learn all about the yard’s new facilities. Welcomed to the Breaking News Centre, we sat down to talk about all the updates from the Netherlands-based company.
Today we welcomed exciting news from the south of England, as Cornwall-based build and refit yard Pendennis announced its latest project: the major restoration of 59m Camper & Nicholsons’ build M/Y Marala.
This week we heard exciting news from across the pond as Derecktor Shipyard announced it will be upgrading hoisting facilities to lift larger and longer superyachts in its Dania Beach yard on America’s East Coast. We took the opportunity to catch up with James Brewer, Head of Business Development at Derecktor, to find out what this means for the renowned refit yard and touch upon what Derecktor has in store for the upcoming months.
Turkish shipyard KRM has successfully completed the refit of the 65-metre Benetti yacht Rahil, formerly Nataly. The refit included important work which had previously been abandoned by other shipyards, warranting KRM to declare this as “one of the most important projects we have ever delivered”.
The largest project ever undertaken in the 30 year history of Florida-based Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) has been completed. Following a three year conversion from a commercial vessel, the custom 90m M/Y Voyager has been unveiled in Fort Lauderdale and becomes the first fully-integrated ocean-going superyacht, boasting some impressive unique innovations.