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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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Turkey’s Largest Yacht Build and With 100% Clean Air Emissions by Bilgin Yachts

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Bilgin Yachts of Turkey announces the launch of the first of three 80-metre yachts, marking the largest yacht ever built by a Turkish shipyard so far.
80 metre Bilgin Yachts 263 series superyacht Tatiana at launch Turkey
80m Tatiana the new largest build by a Turkish shipyard. Credit: Bilgin Yachts

The first of three 80m yachts from the Bilgin Yachts 263 series has just been launched at the West Istanbul Marina and named M/Y Tatiana. Bilgin Yachts have announced her to be the largest yacht ever built by a Turkish shipyard so far, however the record seems to be equal with another 80m yacht built by Turkish ship builders, Yachtley, in 2018 which was named M/Y Elements. Tatiana however, is built in compliance with IMO Tier III certification and is considered to be the most environmentally friendly yacht in her class featuring a special exhaust system that provides 100% clean air emissions. This leaves her uncontested with the crown for the largest eco-friendly yacht built in Turkey.

80 metre Bilgin Yachts 263 series superyacht Tatiana in water at marina Turkey
Tatiana is a Bilgin Yachts 263 series superyacht. Credit: Bilgin Yachts

M/Y Tatiana will now be outfitted and ready for delivery around the middle of 2020

Toby Sturge, representing Tatiana’s interior design, said “As H2 Yacht Design team, we focused on the owner’s wishes and turned them into a comfortable, luxurious yet functional interior. Timeless understatement is indeed the recurrent theme on board.”

All three of the commenced Bilgin 263 series have a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The second and third Bilgin Yachts in the 263 series will both be delivered in 2021 with the third being produced alongside Bilgin’s 85-meter superyacht. Being 5 foot longer, once delivery occurs in 2023 she will be taking the record held by M/Y Tatiana.

80 metre Bilgin Yachts 263 series superyacht Tatiana lowered by crane Turkey
M/Y Tatiana has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Credit: Bilgin Yachts

M/Y TATIANA Brief Technical Specifications

  • Builder: Bilgin Yachts
  • Naval Architect: Unique Yacht Design
  • Exterior Design: Unique Yacht Design
  • Interior Design: H2 Yacht Design
  • Hull configuration: Displacement
  • Hull material: Steel
  • S/Structure material: Aluminium
  • LOA: 80.00m
  • LWL at full load: 71.01m
  • B.max: 12.20m
  • Draught at full load: 3.50m (approx)
  • Displacement at full load: 1,450t (approx)
  • Gross tonnage: 1,680gt
  • Fuel capacity: 155,000lt
  • Water capacity: 47,913lt
  • Main engines:MTU 16V 4000M73
  • Engines power: 2×2.560 kW @1,970 RPM
  • Maximum speed: 19 knots
  • Cruising speed: 15 knots
  • Range at cruising speed at half load: 5,000+ miles
80 metre Bilgin Yachts 263 series superyacht Tatiana sits off the coast in Turkey
Superyacht Tatiana sits off the coast of Turkey. Credit: Bilgin Yachts

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Amels Launches First Yacht for the 2020 Spring Season

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Launched earlier this week, the Amels Limited Edition 260 is the first launch of spring season for the Dutch shipyard.
The Amels Limited Edition 260 launched. Credit: Tom Van Oossanen for Amels

Designed in collaboration with British designer Tim Heywood (exterior) and Italian designer Laura Sessa (interior), the 62.5 metre Amels 206 Limited Edition was launched at Amels shipyard in Vlissingen and is the first of three new Amels yacht builds to be delivered this spring.

Speaking on the launch, Build Captain Fraser Gow commented “It’s a wonderful build milestone to see her outside. Everyone’s done an exceptional job, particularly on the finish which you can really appreciate now she’s outside. We’re all very excited to commence sea trials and commissioning of all her systems ahead of delivery.”

The concept behind the Amels Limited Editions range is the ability to offer better value and minimise the build-time for new owners while still being able to provide as many customisation options as possible – essentially hitting the sweet spot between semi-custom and full custom builds.

The owner of this specific Amels 260 chose a light grey hull with a white superstructure highlight to complement the exterior lines, along with options like signature round windows in the Owners Suite and a Teppanyaki grill up on the 23 meter Sun Deck.

The Amels Limited Edition 260 launched. Credit: Tom Van Oossanen for Amels

Built to accommodate 12 guests in six suites, other features of the superyacht include private folding balconies for the owner and a 35 square meter beach club with garage space for two tenders and three jetskis.

Now that she’s been launched, the Amels 206 will head out to sea for commissioning and sea trials before final delivery to her owner later this Spring.

The Amels Limited Edition 260 launched. Credit: Tom Van Oossanen for Amels
The Amels Limited Edition 260 launched. Credit: Tom Van Oossanen for Amels

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Stormbreaker Explorer Yacht Concept Released by Theodoros Fotiadis

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An explorer yacht designed for people who enjoy going off the grid and experiencing something unique every time they are on board.
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker sailing by Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht concept ‘Stormbreaker’. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

With a title like ‘Stormbreaker’ it’s no surprise that this go anywhere explorer yacht concept has been designed with a powerful and muscular exterior and razor sharp lines. If breaking through storms to get to some of the most remote places in the world is what you do, then you would also want to give your owner a front row seat to the show and Berlin based designer, Theodoros Fotiadis from T Fotiadis Bespoke Design, has done just that by including a super cool glass chamber that sits in the heart of the yachts structure like a jewel secure inside hard rock. With glass covering a significant amount of the explorer yachts surface, panoramic views and natural light will not be in short supply, coupled with the Panoramic 360 degree imaging system to record and broadcast live footage, nothing on an adventure will be missed.

Designed for an owner who wants to “conquer the elements, explore the world, and experience the exhilaration and tranquillity of global yachting first hand”, Theodoros’ concept imagines a yacht that is not only off the grid but also fitted with the latest communication system that will provide high bandwidth internet connectivity from the most remote destinations on earth. This will allow passengers and crew to stay hyper-connected even when they’re a long way from civilisation. To supplement this, explorer yacht Stormbreaker would have an interactive infotainment system for real-time voyage updates and a high-tech audio-visual experience.

Powering her across the globe will be a hybrid diesel electric system to create efficient propulsion for long range capability.

Explorer yacht Stormbreaker lounge by Theodoros Fotiadis
Walking in from Stormbreaker’s aft deck. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

Walking inside through large glass doors from the aft deck sees a large sheltered semi circle lounge area that is hugged from the other side by a bookcase. A little further on, an impressive cylindrical glass elevator and spiral staircase centers the room, inviting you upwards and into Stormbreaker’s quarters and expansive observation deck with a forward facing lounge and hanging pod chairs.

Explorer yacht Stormbreaker lift and staircase by Theodoros Fotiadis
Stormbreaker’s glass lift and spiral staircase. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker pod chairs by Theodoros
Plenty of comfortable seating in the Observation Lounge. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker observation lounge by Theodoros Fotiadis
Lounge around with expansive panoramic views. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

Getting to the other side of the world wouldn’t be as much fun if there weren’t also some toys, so explorer yacht Stormbreaker will also include a large tender garage to shelter a submarine or smaller boats and will include a beach club, gym-spa complex, pool, library and cigar lounge.

Explorer yacht Stormbreaker pool by Theodoros Fotiadis
The pool located in front of Stormbreaker’s superstructure. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker with helicopter by Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker will also accommodate a helicopter. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

Stormbreaker also has the ability to land and hanger a helicopter towards the aft of the vessel so no shore line reached will be a barrier.

For those interested, project Stormbreaker is reportedly for sale by the founder of SuperYachtsMonaco Jim Evans, and is ready to be built at either 90 metres or 115 metres in length.

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