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Ragnar: The Explorer Yacht to Conquer New Worlds Is Released



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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Monaco Yacht Show 2020 Is Still On and Will Run as a Not-for-Profit Event



Organizers of the Monaco Yacht Show 2020 are pushing forward with plans to host the show at Port Hercule from 23 to 29 September this year, but under much different circumstances than previous years.
Monaco Yacht Show Port Hercule
Port Hercule ready to welcome superyachts and guests. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

Undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of yacht shows, the fate of Monaco Yacht Show 2020 was temporarily undetermined as event organizers Informa decided how to proceed amidst the COVID-19 environment.

In contrast to many other events that have now been canceled, Informa in conjunction with the Principality of Monaco, has chosen to proceed cautiously given the time-frame they have to work with and the expected gradual easing of lockdown restrictions both in Monaco, Europe and internationally.

Held at Port Hercule in Monaco, this year’s show will be more “intimate” than in previous years (also interpreted as much smaller) and will be produced as a not-for-profit event to support the recovery of the yachting industry, providing a platform for designers, brokers, shipyards and industry personnel to connect with customers and network in a safe environment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on all industries, not least the international yachting community,” said Informa CEO Charlie McCurdy. “As we move to the other side of the pandemic, all parts of the industry need to work collaboratively to ensure a speedy return and recovery. We are playing our part by hosting a not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show in 2020, providing an opportunity for the community to come together, share ideas, meet with customers and start to rebuild positive momentum.”

Acknowledging the changed conditions under which the show will need to be held, Informa was quick to stress “the proposed event will employ the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness” and are committed to prioritizing the safety of participants and visitors.

Monaco Yacht Show Lounge
Guest lounge at the Monaco Yacht Show in previous years. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

In support of the in-person event Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy for Monaco shared, “In the aftermath of COVID-19, it is the responsibility of the Monaco Government to do everything we can to help businesses and industries recover quickly. In this spirit, we are working with Informa to finalise details of the Monaco Yacht Show 2020, which will prioritize the health and safety of all participants, whilst providing direct support to the international yachting community, ensuring it can connect with customers and accelerate the recovery of what is an increasingly important industry for the region.”

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Superyacht Builder Sanlorenzo in Talks to Buy a Majority Stake in Perini Navi



Superyacht builder Sanlorenzo has confirmed interest in the possible acquisition of Perini Navi.
Perini Navi Italian Shipyard
Italian shipyard Perini Navi in talks with Sanlorenzo. Credit: Perini Navi

Sanlorenzo has confirmed they are in current talks regarding the acquisition of share capital of Perini Navi and has obtained an exclusivity period to carry out the necessary research and analysis required.

Founded in 1983 by Fabio Perini, Perini Navi has been a world-leading Italian shipyard that specializes in sailing boats over 40 meters, boasting iconic builds like that of the Maltese Falcon. It is currently owned by Fenix, the holding company of the Tabacchi family, Lamberto Tacoli, and Fabio Perini (indirectly).

Sailboat builder Perini Navi to be acquired by Sanlorenzo
Building sailing yachts since 1983. Credit: Perini Navi

Should the negotiations go ahead, Perini Navi will likely be majority-owned by Sanlorenzo with Italian newspaper Milano Finanza reporting a probable 70% controlling stake taken by Sanlorenzo and the remainder being held by the Tabacchi family.

“The transaction would be in line with the Sanlorenzo business model … and would enable Sanlorenzo to expand its business perimeter and further consolidate its presence in the superyacht sector,” Sanlorenzo said in a statement.

Perini Navi E-Volution sailing yacht design
Perini Navi’s sailing yacht concept “E-Volution”. Credit: Perini Navi

In a separate statement by Perini Navi, the company confirmed it was looking to restructure its debt under Italian bankruptcy law, in order to remain operational at this time stating the goal is to “overcome a moment of significant financial strain, which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact over all markets.”

Perini Navi’s Board of Directors “intends to preserve the Company’s business and heritage, thus ensuring continuity to the important orders currently in build, as well as achieving the highest possible level of creditors’ satisfaction, in compliance with the process to be undertaken.”

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Heesen Yacht’s 55m Project Castor Launched Ahead of Sea Trials



Heesen Yachts launches 55m Project Castor “YN 19055” ready for its sea trials ahead of August 2020 delivery to the owner.
Waiting for the dock to be flooded.
Waiting for the dock to be flooded. Credit: Heesen yachts

Launched this month at Heesen Yacht‘s Dutch facility in Oss ahead of its sea trials, the 55 meter (180ft) Project Castor “YN 19055” was initially built on speculation and sold to an experienced American superyacht owner last May.

Following Dutch health and safety guidelines, workers at the shipyard were able to continue with operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by halving the number of employees working at any one time and working in two shifts to ensure delivery of the yacht would still be on schedule.

Commenting on the shipyard’s operations, Owners Representative Rupert Connor of Luxury Yacht Group noted, “We have been beyond impressed with how the Heesen team adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

At 760GT, Project Castor is the most voluminous 55m currently offered by a Northern European shipyard and the fast-displacement hull designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects is the fourth hull in Heesen’s 55m Steel Class series.

The formidable exterior of Project Castor designed by Omega Architects.
The formidable exterior of Project Castor designed by Omega Architects. Credit: Heesen Yachts

With a sporty exterior design courtesy of Omega Architects’ Frank Laupman, Project Castor has been built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms and in a first for this particular class, has been configured with four spacious guest cabins on the lower deck and the owner’s VIP suite located on the bridge deck.

Bannenberg & Rowell has once again been tasked with the interior design and have layered neutral tones combined with powerful accents of color to create an environment that has wide appeal. Smoked Oak Chevron parquet flooring, Calacatta, and Pietra Grey marbles have also been are utilized throughout along with other fine materials.

Project Castor YN 19055 ready for sea trials
Project Castor YN 19055 ready for sea trials. Credit: Heesen Yachts

Powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel main engines, Project Castor will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots and is set to undergo sea trials in the North Sea shortly.

Project Castor is currently on schedule for delivery to the new owner later this year in August 2020.

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