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Tankoa Launches 164ft M/Y Olokun Superyacht

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Tankoa Yachts has launched the third hull in the Italian shipyard’s 50 meter All-Aluminium Series – the Darth Vadar looking “M/Y Olokun.
Technical launch of  M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Technical launch of M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

In a technical launch at their boutique yard in Genoa, Italy, Tankoa Yachts launched the third hull in their 50 meter (164ft) all-aluminum series.

With a layout similar to her predecessors, M/Y Olokun was started on spec before being sold in March 2020 and designed by Francesco Paszkowski with interiors by Casadio Miami/London, a US-based studio with a focus on luxury residential, aviation, and marine design.

Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Featuring fold-down terraces in the owner’s suite on the forward main deck, the semi-displacement hull also has a side-loading tender garage in the stern and a spacious beach club in the transom.

M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Where M/Y Olokun differs from the previous two hulls is a change to the design of the main deck aft, which has been dedicated exclusively to an enormous lounge for relaxation, with the dining room moved to the upper deck. Meanwhile, the forward master stateroom features a private study that can be converted into an extra ensuite cabin when needed.

M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

“S501 hull number 3 was started on spec and the owner came into the project quite late during construction, but as a boutique shipyard we wanted to offer him maximum flexibility to tailor the yacht to his personal needs,” said Tankoa Yachts CEO Vincenzo Poerio as he shared on the design process of M/Y Olokun. “The second cabin connected to his own suite on the main deck is a good example. It meant cutting a hole in the bulkhead and re-routing all the wiring so his private office could be converted into a cabin.

M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

M/Y Olokun will now undergo full yacht systems testing and have the interior outfitting completed before sea trials and final delivery later this year.

Tankoa Olokun Superyacht Launch Side Hull Front View

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Feadship Reveals Megayacht Concept: Project FG “Freddie Gump”

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Dutch shipyard Feadship has revealed megayacht concept “Project FG – Freddie Gump” inspired by rockstar Freddie Mercury and the fictional character Forrest Gump.
Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Side View
Project FG “Freddie Gump” by Feadship’s De Voogt Studio. Credit: Feadship

Dutch shipyard Feadship’s newest concept, “Project FG” or as its more affectionately known “Freddie Gump,” is the latest design to be revealed from the “Carte Blanch Exclusives” archives.

Inspired by Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump. Credit: Feadship
Inspired by Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump. Credit: Feadship

Designed to inspire the next generation of yacht owners (and even those who had never even considered one), yacht concepts like these from Feadship’s De Voogt Design Studio explore technologically feasible design concepts while incorporating the preferences and requests of the clients.

In conversation with Feadship Sales Director, Marsha van Buitenen, De Voogt senior designer Jan Schaffers explained Project FG “Freddie Gump” concept came to life through a brokers course held at the shipyard that helps brokers understand the design process.

Feadship Project Freddie Gump In Discussion
Marsha Van Buitenen and Jan Schaffers in conversation. Credit: Feadship

Initially, the group was tasked with creating an imaginary client and landed on a character of extremes – someone with a party attitude but very down to earth. The inspiration? Freddie Mercury and the fictional down to earth Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks.

“The group wanted a character that embodied extremes,” says Feadship sales director Marsha Van Buitenen. “They thought about a client that one hand has a party attitude but on the other is very down to earth as well. They combined a fictional character and a real character to dream up the client – for the down to earth side, it was Forest Gump, and for the wilder side, it was Freddie Mercury. With that, Freddie Gump as born.”

Translated into a client design, Project FG “Freddie Gump” is a 109-meter superyacht that hosts 22 sleeping guests and speaks to both parts of the Freddie Gump personality.

On the aft deck a huge outdoor beach club (four times larger than Feadship designed “Savannah”) accommodates parties of up to 300 people while a panoramic piano lounge on the upper deck acts as the heart of the superyacht and the meeting point of the two personalities – a place that both Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump could retire to as dusk falls and from where the rest of the yacht design branches out into the individual elements of each character.

The panoramic piano lounge with extensive views. Credit: Feadship
The panoramic piano lounge with extensive views. Credit: Feadship

Other unique design elements of Project FG include a pop-up table tennis court on the tip of the bow that features a glass tube that “pops up” at the push of a button and encloses the table-tennis table so that the players are protected from the effects of the wind.

Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Pop Up Table Tennis
Pop-up table-tennis to protect players from weather elements. Credit: Feadship

One particular design feature that certainly caters to the rockstar inspirations of Freddie Mercury is the hidden club for where the really crazy parties happen – even crazier than those happening on the aft deck. Guests are not given directions on how to get there but instead have to find a hidden door past an engine in the superyacht’s belly.

There's a VVIP club onboard... if you can find it. Credit: Feadship
There’s a VVIP club onboard… if you can find it. Credit: Feadship

Freddie’s influence also extends to the yacht’s exterior with the golden orange glass reminiscent of the tinted glasses often worn by Mercury.

Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Running View
Orange exterior elements inspired by Freddie Mercury. Credit: Feadship

While Project FG Freddie Gump has yet to find an owner, the technically feasible Feadship design is still open for the kind of owner with an appreciation for wild nights of partying like Mercury and peaceful days of relaxation.

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Swan-Shaped Avanguardia Megayacht Concept by Lazzarini Design Studio

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Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini of Lazzarini Design Studio shares initial concept design of the swan-shaped “Avanguardia” Megayacht concept.
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design 137 metres platform
Megayacht concept “Avanguardia” by Pierpaola Lazzarini of Lazzarini Design. Credit: Lazzarini Design

Italian based Lazzarini Design Studio has created many futuristic concepts over the years ranging from automotive cars, Mayan-inspired floating pyramid communities, and aerospace solutions but never a megayacht of these proportions.

Named “Avanguardia” (meaning vanguard in English), the 137-meter megayacht concept features flowing lines and a unique movable control tower that gives it the swan-like appearance, doubling as a 16-meter tender boat when lowered to the water and released.

The "swan head" folded down when in motion. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
The “swan head” folded down when in motion. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
The "swan head" being lowered to release the tender. Credit: Lazzarini Design
The “swan head” being lowered to release the tender. Credit: Lazzarini Design
Guests can disembark to the tender via the staircase of the crane extension. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Guests can disembark to the tender via the staircase of the crane extension. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

When in an upright position, the “swan head” can be used as the control tower, but when in motion can also be lowered to “tuck” into the center of the megayacht. To release the tender for use, the swan head folds forward and allows passengers to disembark to the tender via a staircase along the crane extension.

Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Tender Detached
The 16 meter tender of Avanguardia megayacht concept. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

With an estimated construction cost of $500 million, Avanguardia consists of five decks and is designed to accommodate 24 guests and a staff of 22, although a total of 60 passengers can be entertained onboard.

The proposed propulsion system consists of twin fully electric side engines and a central MTU Rolls-Royce engine designed to deliver a cruising speed of 18 knots. At the rear of the Avanguardia superyacht concept, the rear deck incorporates a landing platform for two jet capsules (also designed by Lazzarini Design Studio) that can also act as auxiliary propulsion for the megayacht.

Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Rear Deck Port
Jet capsules at the rear deck can add extra propulsion to the megayacht. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

Avanguardia also features two heliports onboard and features a side garage for extra tenders and even vehicles if desired.

Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Side Garage
Side garage of Avanguardia. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design
The control tower gives the swan-like appearance. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Main Living Deck
Includes two heliports and helicopters onboard. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Jet Capsule Tender
Estimated construction cost estimated at $500 million. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Control platform also doubles as a viewing platform. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Control platform also doubles as a viewing platform. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Aerial View
Aerial view of the Avanguardia megayacht concept. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design 137 meters
Ready and waiting for an willing owner to take see this built. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

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Cannes Yachting Festival 2020 Now Canceled

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Organizers of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2020 have confirmed the cancelation of this year’s event due to decision made by Cannes Regional Health Authority.
Cannes Yachting Festival Aerial View
Cannes Yachting Festival is held across Vieux Port and Port Canto. Credit: Cannes Yachting Festival

It’s been a bleak year for large scale events amidst the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the Cannes Yachting Festival is the latest casualty.

Earlier this year, shows like the Geneva Motor Show and Basel World were forced to cancel at the last minute as the Swiss government moved swiftly to limit large gatherings during the early stages of the pandemic. However, events held later in the year like the Cannes Yachting Festival, have been playing a waiting game and holding out hopes for improved conditions.

Unfortunately for the Cannes Yachting Festival and yachting community, those hopes have been dashed as organizers have now had to announce the last-minute cancellation of the 2020 event.

While previously confident they could proceed with the proper health and safety measures in place, ultimately, in light of new and changing health circumstances in Cannes, the Regional Health Authority decided not to grant the permissions needed for the Cannes Yachting Festival to proceed.

Cannes Yachting Festival Panorama Night View
Evening at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Credit: Cannes Yachting Festival

The Cannes Yachting Festival released a statement detailing the circumstances and ongoing decisions that led to the cancellation:

“Despite a very rigorous sanitary plan with a series of additional health and safety measures, presented by the Yachting Festival and deemed “satisfactory” during a meeting held on 17 August at the sub-prefecture of Grasse in the presence of the prefectural authorities, the city of Cannes and the Regional Health Authority (ARS), the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, the only official empowered to rule ultimately, decided not to grant the dispensation that would have allowed the Yachting Festival to go ahead.

It is with our greatest regret and with some misunderstanding that we are therefore forced to announce the cancellation of the Yachting Festival 2020.

As a recap of the facts, three weeks ago, following the speech by Franck Riester, the French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, the decree published on 27 July 2020 confirmed, as we had anticipated, that trade shows could be held from 1 September, without a restriction on the number of visitors. This reaffirmed our decision communicated on 2 July to open the Yachting Festival on 8 September 2020, to allow the European nautical industry to present around 400 boats at the Vieux Port and Port Canto.

Faced with the crisis which has deeply affected the French and international nautical industry, we were committed to providing our exhibitors with a platform to engage with their customers face to face and display their expertise.

For many months, with the unwavering ambition to continue to serve the European nautical industry despite the difficulties this entails and the persisting major uncertainties, the Yachting Festival team had worked to create the conditions required to be able to open. Among other measures, a rigorous health protocol had been drawn up, aiming to welcome all participants with peace of mind, all while enabling them to enjoy a quality customer experience. In addition to adopting the health measures of the trade association of the exhibition industry we belong to, UNIMEV, approved by the French Health Ministry, and that Reed Exhibitions has put in place worldwide, the Yachting Festival’s health protocol stood out as being the first in France to receive APAVE “Safe & Clean” certification.

Cannes Yachting Festival Yachts
Visitors will have to wait until 2021 for the next event. Credit: Cannes Yachting Festival

However, on 11 August 2020, less than two weeks after the announcement of Minister Riester, the government through the Prime Minister reversed this announcement suddenly and unexpectedly, and decided to ban, because of worsening of the health situation, the holding of events of more than 5,000 people in France until October 30, 2020, a decision which resulted in the decree published on August 13.

The Yachting Festival team, in order to be able to urgently decide whether or not to hold the show, on the one hand, has questioned a significant part of the shipyards who declared themselves in favour of maintaining the show by a large majority despite the latest developments and, on the other hand, filed an emergency exemption request with the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture.

As previously mentioned, an initial meeting took place on Monday, August 17, at the subprefecture of Grasse attended by the prefectural authorities, the City of Cannes, the Regional Health Authority (ARS), safety services and Reed Expositions France. During this meeting, Reed’s enhanced protocol was reviewed in detail and deemed satisfactory, which gave hope for a positive response.

Unfortunately, following a new meeting on-site in Cannes Thursday afternoon, in the presence of the Prefect, the only person empowered to rule in fine, the latter decided not to give the expected exemption, thus making it impossible to hold the Yachting Festival. This final decision does not call into question the conclusions expressed on 17 August on the health protocol, qualified as “serious” by the prefect, but is mainly due to the recent deterioration of the health situation in general and in Cannes in particular, and the fear of this declining further.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2020

Sylvie Ernoult declared: “This decision is a huge disappointment for the entire nautical industry, with exhibitors in the lead, the City of Cannes and its professionals, the show’s service providers and the Reed team, who have worked together relentlessly for months to prepare the 2020 edition in the best possible conditions taking into account the context. I would also like to thank the City of Cannes, which has been very active alongside us in this final stretch. The implementation of the health protocol that we drew up, certified by APAVE and recognised as completely satisfactory by the prefecture’s services and the Regional Health Authority (ARS), would have made the 2020 Yachting Festival one of the safest events in terms of health in France. Also, it is with great surprise and incomprehension that we take note of the prefect’s decision”.

“We thank you for the trust and support you have shown us over the past few months and will see you on the pontoons in Cannes from 7 to 12 September 2021.”

www.cannesyachtingfestival.com

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