Project Management

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Superyacht Design: Are owners shifting to streamlined design and production?

Superyachts have a long history of tailor-made, special-made and unique “to the Himalaya and back” luxury solutions. The question is, will this continue, or will the current market situation make superyacht owners and builders consider streamlining some parts of the design and production in order to achieve cost-efficiency?Superyacht market experts have expressed a worry that the industry is pricing itself out of its own market and some warn that the clients will find other things to invest in if the yachts become too expensive. Personally, I think this worry is legit.

AMELS Readies 78-Meter Custom Yacht

The hull of 78-meter AMELS Full Custom yacht arrived from Damen Shipyards Galati on the Danube river in Romania.When completed in 2021, the yacht will be the largest AMELS to date.Currently 13 yachts are at the busy Vlissingen hub of the Damen Shipyards Group’s yachting division, including both the Vlissingen City yard and the Vlissingen East yard.The AMELS Full Custom yacht joins four AMELS Limited Editions yachts, two DAMEN SeaXplorers and five refits.In total we currently have 26 yacht projects underway at both our new build and hull building facilities.

Kurt Sova (Photo: Masterpiece International)

Masterpiece Int'l’s Marine Division Upgrades

Masterpiece International’s Marine Division adds an experienced sailing and racing captain, Kurt Sova, to its growing and dedicated yacht team. The addition of Sova as a Director of Strategic Accounts will deliver decades of industry experience, firsthand knowledge, and project management. The Marine Division specializes in international and domestic shipping for yachts, boats, and other watercraft offering consultation, shipping and transport services, Customs brokerage, storage…

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66m Shadow Cat Launched

Incat Crowther announced the delivery of Shadow Cat HODOR, significant in that it is the first in the Shadow Cat range which for Incat Crowther.Design and naval architecture was by Incat Crowther, project management and technical consultation by Robert Smith of YCTS and construction by Astilleros Armón at their Burela shipyard in Spain.HODOR was customized to carry the specific equipment and supplies to support and enhance the owner’s mothership capabilities, and the design uses engineering of hulls proven in offshore platform service…

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Miami-Based Shipyard Adds Electronic Systems Division

Florida shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens is adding a new Electronic Systems Division to the company.To lead the new business the company hired David Gratton, a new RMK Merrill-Stevens employee with experience in the electronics industry. Gratton’s career in electronics began in 1980 upon entering the U.S. Air Force. Gratton later worked on the environmental testing of NASA components for Teledyne Systems Company. Gratton has specialized in navigation, communications, and audio-visual, IT/networking, and PLC systems for commercial and recreational vessels.

Oceanco and RH Marine celebrate the renewed partnership.

Oceanco Contract to RH Marine

World-class superyacht builder Oceanco has awarded RH Marine with the contract for the electrical & automation system integration and overall electrical system responsibility of Oceanco’s new 100+ meter yacht. Both parties consider this collaboration to be the start of a productive long-term partnership. RH Marine is responsible for the delivery of the complete electrical & automation system. The system includes the newest version of RH Marine’s next generation of ship automation: Rhodium AMCS and the Energy Management System for optimization of energy consumption.

State-of-the-art navigation consoles are included in the complete bridge system. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Bridge Systems for Two New Mega Yachts

Wärtsilä informs it has been contracted to supply its Nacos Platinum integrated bridge system for two new mega yachts: one an 85 meter long vessel and the other 91 meters long, both being built in Greece. In addition to the systems, Wärtsilä will provide the project management, engineering, pre-wiring of the consoles and system commissioning services, thus delivering a complete solution. The new and advanced bridge console concept for these vessels includes an integrated navigation system (INS) with compass and latest technology navigation sensors…

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Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum Bridge for Mega Yachts

Wärtsilä wa contracted to supply its Nacos Platinum integrated bridge system for two new mega yachts; one an 85 m long vessel and the other 91 mlong, being built in Greece. In addition to the systems, Wärtsilä will also provide the project management, engineering, pre-wiring of the consoles and system commissioning services, thus delivering a complete solution. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in March and July 2017. The new and advanced bridge console concept for these vessels includes an integrated navigation system (INS) with compass and latest technology navigation sensors…

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Oceanco Delivers 110-meter Jubilee

The 110-meter motor yacht Jubilee delivered last week by Dutch builder Oceanco not only features a particularly striking exterior profile created by Lobanov Design and a distinguished interior by Sorgiovanni Designs, but also is the largest yacht ever built at Oceanco and has the distinction of being the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands. “Burgess introduced this project to Oceanco and we provided technical consultancy and project management as owner’s representative throughout the entire build process,” said Joe Cic, from Burgess.

Photo: Francisco Martinez Photography

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.

PFM 4500 mounted on the Ulysses superyacht.  (Photo: PALFINGER MARINE)

Superyacht Ulysses Equipped with 8 Heavy-duty Cranes

One of the world’s largest dedicated luxury explorer yachts, the 107 meter Ulysses, is equipped with eight PALFINGER MARINE cranes in total. Two heavy duty foldable knuckle boom cranes, four extension booms (type PK 90002 M) and two smaller compact cranes. In March 2016 the yacht was delivered to her owner. Ulysses is the first private superyacht undertaken by Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven and reaches a top speed of 16 knots. Ulysses can accommodate 60 guests over seven decks and offers amenities including a helicopter landing pad, helicopter garage and a swimming pool.

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DAHM 120 Sailin Yacht Debuts in Düsseldorf

“Expect the unexpected” - this is how dahm international, the exclusive brokerage house and the designers from beiderbeck designs, who hail from Bremen, Germany - both members of the Superyachts Germany working group - announced their joint project in the form of a 36.6 metre fast cruising yacht, the  DAHM 120. The 1:25 scale model of the superyacht remains faithful to the original and is replete with detailed solutions and casual luxury. The “tour” onboard the DAHM 120 begins on the fold-out stern platform (made by Opacmare)…

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Bandy Creek Boat Harbour Dredging Complete

BMT JFA Consultants (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, recently completed the project management and supervision of the 2015 Bandy Creek Boat Harbour Dredging works. This campaign was undertaken as part of the state-wide maintenance dredging program which has been managed by BMT for the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT). After the adverse weather conditions that hampered production in the 2013 session…

Fred Mayer (Photo: Ocean LED)

OceanLED Hires North America Account Manager

Ocean LED USA, LLC, a manufacturer of LED marine lighting technology, today announced that Fred Mayer has joined the company and will serve as the Superyacht Division Account Manager for North America. In his new role, Mayer is tasked with developing and leading OceanLED’s superyacht business and further strengthening the corporate brand. Mayer most recently served as the Senior Sales Consultant with Palladium Technologies, a provider of technology-based integrated solutions for yachts.

OceanLED Names Ambrose Account Manager

OceanLED U.S. OceanLED, a manufacturer of LED marine lighting technology, announced that Katelyn Ambrose has joined the U.S. Superyacht Division in the role of Account Manager for projects in the Southeast, Alabama and Gulf Coast. Based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Ambrose will have core responsibility for strengthening sales as well as supporting existing customers in her regions. In Katelyn’s new role she will work alongside William Banning, U.S. Superyacht Division Manager. A business management graduate, Katelyn joins OceanLED with 10 years of project management and customer service experience in the hospitality industry.

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Rivergate Wins Marina of the Year Award

Rivergate Marina  has won the 2015 Commercial Marina of The Year (up to 140 boats) award, as presented by the Marina Industries Association. The award recognizes outstanding marinas in Australia and internationally which have achieved success through exemplary business practices within the Marina Industry. Marina’s considered for the award were judged across ten categories, including general overview, vision and goals, marketing activities, customer service and satisfaction, environmental responsibility…

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Rivergate Now Offers Berthing up to 234 metres

Until recently Rivergate Marina & Shipyard has accommodated vessels from all over the world up to 80 metres in length. As Rivergate continues to increase its international dominance, its services are also expanding. This week Rivergate announced that they are now able to offer berthing up to 234 metres LOA. This new berthing is available via a commission of Queensland Bulk Terminal’s well-known ‘sugar wharf’. “We accommodate vessels of all sizes here at Rivergate, but of course – a major focus will always be on those bigger projects. More vessels are choosing Rivergate for their refit works.

Henderson, Hanes & Associates Opens Doors in Miami

The Miami-based ocean engineering and naval architecture firm of Henderson & Associates, Inc. has merged with Sea3 Systems, Inc. to form Henderson, Hanes & Associates, a full-service engineering firm that brings underwater intervention and project management services to the global marine industry. The new firm, headed by Shawn Henderson, P.E. and Dan Hanes, P.E., both of South Florida, draws on the deep experience base of its founders and specializes in quick turnaround refit and repair projects that may span multiple technical disciplines and trades.

Aries Dijkhuizen

Dijhuizen Named Petersen's Business Development Manager

Petersen Stainless Rigging Ltd (Petersen) has announced that Aries Dijkhuizen has joined the company as Business Development Manager. Dijkhuizen will be involved in all aspects of business management at Petersen including business development, client services and planning with special responsibility for product development. Aries brings to Petersen more than two decades of experience in product and sales management in the marine and commercial rigging industries. “We are very pleased to welcome Aries…