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Ragnar: The Explorer Yacht to Conquer New Worlds Is Released

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Icon Yachts releases its latest conversion project – The new Explorer Yacht Ragnar, since entering the shed for conversion back in 2017.
Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yachts conversion shed complete
Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yachts conversion shed complete. Credit: Guy Fleury Photography

The name Ragnar of Norse origin, means “warrior or judgment”. It is a fitting new title for an old ice breaker that used to be called ‘Sanaborg’, that once lay idle and unused near Holland’s northern coast. The new owner, who takes an interest in medieval battles and weaponry, had a different vision for the vessel’s future and after working with UK design firm RWD, the explorer yacht was given character with a helmet-like face, a new body and new armour to suit.

The 77 meter Explorer Yacht Ragnar (previously named ‘Sanaborg’ and built in 2012) went into Icon Yacht’s shed for the extreme conversion in 2017 and only now on January 25th 2020 has the doors to the dry dock opened for the new ice warrior to be released and its new body and armour to be admired by all.

Timelapse of the ragnar explorer yacht project
Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yacht conversion hall
Ragnar deck has a certified helicopter pad and two cranes. Credit: Guy Fleury Photography

Being the first LY3 compliant superyacht (*explained below) to also be in the Ice Class 1A Super category, Ragnar is able to operate in Arctic temperatures as low as -35°C and maintain a speed of four knots in ice over half a meter thick. One of Ragnar’s ice-breaking weapons is her unique ICE class PC5-rated electric-driven ice pods. With an incredible range of 6,000 nautical miles, Ragnar enables the owners and their guests the enviable ability to explore the most remote areas of the planet.

Ragnar Explorer Yacht Before and After Conversion
Ragnar Explorer Yacht Before and After Conversion. Credit: Icon Yachts

Inside Ragnar, the conversion included an increase of luxury accommodation which will allow for 16 guests split across eight cabins and including two owner’s suites. Some of the standout features include a superyacht spa, complete with massage room, sauna, ski room, snow room, ice pool, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym.

Outside, the new functional deck is designated for plenty of toys and has a fully-certified helicopter landing pad. As well as being able to accommodate an Airbus H145/EC145 sized helicopter, some of the other toys on Ragnar will include a sea explorer submarine, two tenders, jetski’s, Castoldi RIB, two Laser sailing boats and a Ripsaw EV2 luxury super tank which can be deployed by 10-tonne and 5-tonne capacity deck cranes.

Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank will be onboard the Ragnar Explorer Yacht
A Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank will be onboard the Ragnar Explorer Yacht. Credit: Ripsaw Tanks

Jen Wartena, CEO of Icon Yachts, has said of the project “Complex conversions require experience and know-how, but also a different mentality: you have to be flexible, creative and solution-minded. I think Ragnar is further proof that we have what it takes.”

If the 2,450 GT ice-breaker warrior explorer yacht Ragnar sound like you then you’ll love to hear that it’ll eventually be available for charter with Burgess.

Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yachts conversion shed complete
Ragnar can go to the most remote areas of the planet. Credit: Guy Fleury Photography

*Large Yacht Code LY3 Explained

Originally written to protect commercial seafarer’s rights, The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 standards (MLC 2006) stipulates crew accommodation sizes that would be difficult to fit within the confines of a yacht. Studies show that yacht guests would lose approximately 40 per cent of their space to crew and because MLC 2006 did not specifically exclude superyachts, something had to be done.

The LY3 code was created and adopted in response and appropriately addresses the MLC 2006 restrictions, adding two new sections, 21A and 21B, to implement substantially equivalent arrangements to the crew accommodation requirements of MLC. The LY3 code also created standards for many other issues such as fires in galleys, elevator and ship radio capabilities, polar operations and also submersible craft regulations among others.

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Feadship’s 180ft “Somnium” Superyacht Nearing Completion

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The new Feadship 180ft “Somnium” superyacht is nearing completion and will be ready for family-friendly world cruises after sea trials.
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The Feadship Somnium is nearing emerging from the shipyard in Aalsmeer. Credit: Feadship

Dutch shipyard Feadship has shared images of the newly-built 55m Somnium superyacht emerging from the shipyard in Aalsmeer earlier this week ahead of its sea trials.

Somnium, meaning “Dream” in Latin, is the first fully customized superyacht for its seasoned Northern European owner who plans to travel the world with three generations of family members.

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Somnium means “Dream” in Latin. Credit: Feadship

Designed by Studio De Voogt, the first fully customized superyacht for the seasoned Northern European owner was created with a cozy interior design by FM Architettura.

Together with his representative Ron Kleverlaan from Waterman Marine Consultancy, the owner chose Feadship after a comprehensive study of which yard could meet his insistence on a bespoke build without compromising on quality.

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Inspired by the sporty lines of fast cars. Credit: Feadship

Convinced that no one else could meet his stringent demands, the owner opted for Feadship and poured his heart and soul into the project, making bi-weekly visits to the yard during the build and regularly enjoying a beer with the build team on Fridays.

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Designed to travel the world with three generations aboard. Credit: Feadship

As a fan of fast cars, the owner of Somnium was keen for the aluminum hull to sport a similar sporty line which enhances efficiency and ensures shallow drafts required for exploring at will. Once anchored at their destination, the family can access all the benefits of an enclosed tender garage and dedicated dive equipment store.

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Vast decks with an exclusive lounge area on the foredeck. Credit: Feadship

For guests who choose to stay on board, Somnium’s vast outside decks include an exclusive lounge area on the foredeck, a pool with adjustable floor and counterflow on the aft deck, and an inviting Jacuzzi island on the sun deck.

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Interior highlights to be revealed in due course include a gymnasium with a fold-down platform, a full-beam owners’ stateroom with a balcony, and four roomy guest suites on the lower deck.

The Feadship built Somnium will now complete sea trials ahead of her final delivery to the owner.

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Oceanco and Pininfarina Unveil 295ft KAIROS Hybrid Superyacht Concept

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Oceanco shipyard, Pininfarina design studio and Lateral Naval Architects have collaborated for the first time ever and unveiled the new 295ft KAIROS hybrid superyacht concept.
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Superyacht shipyard Oceanco, Pininfarina design studio, and Lateral Naval Architects have recently collaborated for the first time on a 295ft hybrid superyacht concept known as KAIROS that focuses on sustainability and innovation.

The futuristic design takes its name from an ancient Greek word meaning “time” and is based on Oceanco’s NXT initiative, a movement designed to draw industry members and users together to explorers a future where yacht owners can experience life on the water in the most sustainable and rewarding way possible while reducing the burning of fossil fuels to propel and operate yachts.

“Oceanco NXT represents our commitment, and fundamental belief that the best way to set new benchmarks is to co-create them with experts from a wide array of industries – not just yachting. In creating Oceanco NXT, we seek partners who share a common ambition to innovate and forge a sustainable pathway for tomorrow’s yachts. We are invested in an outcome where the future is zero [emissions],” says Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco.

Developed around an E-Hybrid propulsion system that uses batteries as the primary energy source, the new KAIROS hybrid superyacht concept is a step toward creating the envisioned zero-emissions future.

“KAIROS is a remarkable vision shared by three passionate, forward-thinking partners: Pininfarina, Lateral and Oceanco,” shared Oceanco CEO Marcel Onkenhout. “When Owners see the Oceanco NXT endorsement on a yacht’s design, they know they can expect elevated standards of life onboard that are in tune with new perspectives on sustainability and lifestyle.”

“Our passion as designers is to imagine new concepts of space that are capable of bringing enchantment to every moment of the yachting experience,” adds Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina.

Further details are expected to be released over the coming months.

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New DIANA R.50 Superyacht Concept Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Design Studio

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Diana Yacht Design are celebrating the architecture studio’s 50th anniversary with a bold sub-500 GT superyacht design known as DIANA R.50.
Created to maximize the design of a sub-500 GT yacht. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
Created to maximize the design of a sub-500 GT yacht. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Dutch-based Diana Yacht Design first opened its doors in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, in 1971, and after more than 70 superyacht deliveries, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with the reveal of a bold new sub-500 GT superyacht design known as DIANA R.50.

The new DIANA R.50 superyacht concept. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
The new DIANA R.50 superyacht concept. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Measuring 154ft (47m) in length, the idea behind the DIANA R.50 concept was to create a yacht design that maximizes what you can do with a boat coming in below 500 GT.

Featuring bold lines and a two-tone color scheme of Chevy White and Gunmetal Grey, the DIANA R.50 offers an open layout that provides expansive views from every deck and maximizes living spaces for the 12 guests onboard.

Jacuzzi on the sundeck of the DIANA R.50. Credit: Diana yacht Design
Jacuzzi on the sundeck of the DIANA R.50. Credit: Diana yacht Design

An integrated Jacuzzi on the sun deck, accompanied by a large entertaining bar and a dining area, creates the perfect entertaining space and includes a touch-and-go helipad for an EC135 helicopter for guests leaving and returning to the superyacht.

Touch-and-go helipad on the sundeck. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
Touch-and-go helipad on the sundeck. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Discussing the concept for DIANA R.50, Hans-Maarten Bais, Diana Yacht Creative Director, shared, “She started life after a discussion with a client. As a finalist in the Boat International Young Design Awards, our designer Casper Marelis was full of fantastic ideas. Together with our team of naval architects, supervised by Bart de Haan, he created a design and presented a yacht that the client loved.”

The DIANA R.50 initially started as a concept designed by Casper Marelis. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
The DIANA R.50 initially started as a concept designed by Casper Marelis. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

“Ultimately, the project did not go ahead, but we knew that this design was too good to hide away. We decided to revisit the design together with the DIANA team for our 50th anniversary. We expanded on the original concept to create something really unique. “

Diana Yacht Design R.50 Stern Night

“The goal was to create a yacht that feels huge and is full of superyacht features – all while remaining under that crucial 500 GT mark,” continued Bais. “From the incredible toy storage and a touch-and-go helipad to the sun-drenched sundeck complete with Jacuzzi and full entertainment area, the result is something special. DIANA is a team passionate about life on the ocean, and R.50 is a yacht that fully represents that. There’s no better way to mark 50 years of DIANA.”

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