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National Geographic Endurance Floats Out

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, a global player in expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, has celebrated the float out of National Geographic Endurance in Ulstein Verft, Norway.The first polar newbuild for the line, the 126-guest vessel is fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, according to a press release.The vessel is scheduled for delivery in January 2020.Read Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' feature…

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Meet Her “Excellence” – A New Megayacht

Abeking & Rasmussen this morning launched a brand new member of their family, a vessel with stylish curves drawn by the re-known studio Winch Design.“We are very proud of this extraordinary yacht and our exceptional workforce, who mastered all requirements bravely. Never before have glass panels been installed in these dimensions. The unusual lines also repeatedly presented employees with major challenges. Now we have developed and successfully finished this masterpiece and can hardly wait for the sea trials…

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Heesen: 55m Steel Class Vida Christened

Heesen has unveiled the latest yacht in the 55m Steel class, YN 18455. The YN 18455, now christened Vida and formerly known as Project Antares.Launched earlier this year on January 4, Vida is now entering the systems commissioning phase and is getting ready for sea trials.Vida is the third in the successful 55m FDHF Steel class, which features muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The profile is clean thanks to the absence of fashion plates and the design…

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Heesen Delivers Omaha

Yacht builder Heesen announced the delivery of the first yacht in its new 50 meter Steel Class, Omaha.YN 18350, christened Omaha, has been delivered to her owners following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favorable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.Omaha exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots, and proved to be extremely maneuverable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.

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Heesen Delivers 5000 Aluminium Class Vessel

Heesen has announced the delivery of YN 18250 White.At 50 meters, with a gross tonnage just below the 500GT threshold, this semi-displacement motor yacht is the latest in the award-winning 5000 Aluminium class.The exterior lines are by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, while Cristiano Gatto was responsible for the interior design.Extensive sea trials took place on the North Sea in good weather conditions, with waves up to half a meter. Seventh in the 5000 Aluminium class, White proved to be very responsive during her sea trials…

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Heesen Delivers White, 5000 Aluminium Class

Heesen has delivered the YN 18250 White.At 50 meters, with a Gross Tonnage just below the 500GT threshold, this semi-displacement motor yacht is the latest in the award-winning 5000 Aluminium class.Extensive sea trials took place in the North Sea in good weather conditions, with waves up to half a meter. Seventh in the 5000 Aluminium class, White proved to be very responsive during her sea trials, reacting to steering commands instantaneously thanks to the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit.

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Heesen Launches 50 Meter Steel Yacht

Heesen has launched the YN 18350 ‘Project Maia’ underwent a technical launch and was christened Omaha on April 20, 2018 at the shipyard in Oss.The project was sold in December 2017 by Chris Collins of Ocean Independence, in close collaboration with Thom Conboy from Heesen USA.The 50 meter steel model is a brand new design pitched just below the 500GT threshold. This replaces the highly successful and award-winning 47 meter steel class, arguably the most successful steel yacht…

Recreation of the “Scenic Eclipse” on a polar cruise. ©Oliver Design

Oliver Design to Showcase Projects at Navalia

Oliver Design will be showcasing some of its latest projects on its stand at the Navalia trade fair, which runs from May 22 to 24 , in Vigo, Spain.Recent projects from the Spanish firm, which specializes in naval design and architecture, include new state-of the-art vessels ranging from working vessels to luxury cruise ships. It has also carried out renovation on several existing vessels.The biannual Navalia is one of the top international fairs for the shipbuilding industry.

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YN 18250 Was Launched and Now Christened White

Heesen Yachts has announced that on February 8, 2018, YN 18250 – formerly known as Project Ayla – was launched at the shipyard in Oss. Her owners christened their new yacht White. At 50 meters, with a Gross Tonnage below the 500GT threshold, White is a gorgeous addition to the successful 5000 Aluminium class whose exterior lines are by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects. 18250 originally began on speculation, but was bought one year into construction. Thanks to the flexible interior design by Cristiano Gatto…

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Heesen Delivers VanTom

VanTom, the sixth yacht in the popular 50 meter semi-displacement class designed by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects has been delivered. The delivery took place in international waters on February 14, 2018 after intensive tests in the rough winter waves of the North Sea. The sea trials took place on January 12 and 29 in Beaufort 4 and 6, with North Westerly winds and waves up to one meter. Captain David Burge comments: “During sea trials, the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even whilst proceeding at a speed of over 20 knots with a sea running.

Speedcast, Inks Comms Deal with Diamond Offshore

Speedcast International Limited has secured a long-term contract with Diamond Offshore, who will leverage Speedcast’s managed communications services across 10 offshore rigs and one shore-based facility. “Diamond Offshore continues to adapt to the competitive nature of the industry,” said Tim Osburn, CIO, Diamond Offshore. “Through this agreement with Speedcast, Diamond Offshore increases its operational agility, benefiting from Speedcast’s world-class global customer support network. Under the terms of the new agreement, Speedcast’s…

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Largest Ever Dutch-built Yacht Launched

Oceanco’s newly built mega yacht Jubilee, with exterior styling by Lobanov Design, grand interior by Sorgiovanni Designs and owner’s representation by Burgess, is the largest yacht ever built in The Netherlands. At 110m length over all, 16.4m beam and just over 4,500 GT, the head-turning yacht has a sleek and original elongated profile that flows elegantly from bow to stern; with no fewer than six decks, her progressively longer horizontal lines make Jubilee distinctive. Igor Lobanov has created a unique and architecturally challenging design which creates a visual effect of multi-level decks.

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Brand New Heesan for Sale

AMORE MIO is reportedly the largest and most powerful sports yacht ever built in the Netherlands. A performance yacht with not only power but also sophistication is what makes her so special and sets her apart from every other sportster. The motto is simple:  power with comfort. During sea trials, AMORE MIO sliced through the North Sea at a thundering top speed of 30 knots.

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First over the Line - Shetland Race

Arriving at 4.11am this morning, Solo 2, skippered by Rune Aasberg, is now flying the Bergen Shetland Blue Ribbon today as the first to finish this year’s race across the North Sea from Norway. With good wind conditions, Solo 2 reached up to 16 knots on the crossing to finish the race in just over 19 hours. The race started close to Marsteinen Lighthouse in outer Korsfjorden south of Bergen, on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. local time. A total of 34 yachts in the race are closing in on Lerwick with a steady arrivals expected throughout the morning.

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Amels 242 on Sea Trials

The 74-meter long luxury superyacht built at Vlissingen shipyard has started shipbuilder's sea trials. Amels is now recognised as one of the most successful superyacht builders in Holland. "Even the chilly Dutch North Sea looks rather nice when graced by the gorgeous lines of the new 74-metre AMELS 242, out for sea trials near the AMELS yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands," Damen said in a press release. With her long streamlined looks created by renowned British designer Tim Heywood…

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74-Meter Amels 242 in Sea Trials

Even the chilly Dutch North Sea looks rather nice when graced by the gorgeous lines of the new 74-metre AMELS 242, out for sea trials near the AMELS yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. With her long streamlined looks created by renowned British designer Tim Heywood, this hotly anticipated superyacht will be delivered on time in April to her Owner, represented by Moran Yacht & Ship. The first of three AMELS 242 yachts under construction at our yard, the AMELS 242 was the centre of attention when she emerged at the yard at the end of December last year.

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70m Super Yacht Galactica Super Nova Hits Water

Heesen Yachts announced the launch of the largest yacht in its fleet to date, the 70m  Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) superyacht Project Kometa. The owners have christened their new yacht Galactica Super Nova. Galactica Super Nova is a 70.07m motor yacht, custom built in 2016 by Heesen Yachts. The yacht's interior has been designed by Sinot Yacht Design and has exterior styling by Espen Oeino. It is not only the biggest yacht built by Heesen Yachts to date, but she is also one of the top 200 largest yachts in the world and one of the fastest yachts for her size.

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KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network

KVH Industries, Inc. expanded the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband network with two upgrades recently, supporting growing customer demand for broadband at sea. One expansion added a new satellite beam that doubled the mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the North Atlantic Ocean region, including Canada’s Hudson Bay. The second expansion added a new beam across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to add 30 percent more capacity across areas such as the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Yacht Adrift in the North Sea

A yacht has gone adrift in the North Sea after losing steering in difficult weather conditions, reports the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).   One man is believed to be aboard the yacht which was making its way from Lerwick to Norway when it encountered difficulties around 8:50 p.m. yesterday. The man is in no immediate danger, according to the coastguard.   The coastguard units from the U.K. and Norway are responding to the incident. Responders hope to tow yacht to Bergen, though weather conditions are making it difficult.