Fincanteri transfers 134-meter hull to New Indoor Shed Back in May of 2006, Fincantieri yacht signed its first contract for the construction of a seven-deck motor yacht of over 130 meters in length, which today would be the second largest privately owned modern yacht in the world. Last year, Fincantieri announced its entrance into the mega yacht industry and shortly afterwards created Fincantieri Yachts, a dedicated business division with an in-house team of professionals. The company, supported by a qualified group of key international yacht building consultants, has thoroughly explored all perspectives and elements of this challenging business with the declared aims of providing mega yacht owners with the very finest quality and of targeting market leadership. Since inception, Fincantieri Yachts has pursued a discreet but active market strategy based on three different approaches and related activities which have run concurrently: • the development of new concepts, designed by well-known international designers, to be tailored to the customer’s needs. Three projects have already been presented to the press: the 70m Prospect, the 102m Marco Polo and the 115m Morpheus, • the development of Fincantieri in-house designs, based on specific requirements outlined by the customer, • the development of projects based on proposals coming from a customer’s chosen designer. The latter is the case of this project “Hull #6154” , which has been developed by the Fincantieri Yachts team to full owner’s satisfaction, starting from a revolutionary, outstanding new design by Espen Oeino. The order has been placed through Camper & Nicholsons International, a leading brokerage company on the mega-yacht market. “Hull #6154“ is scheduled for delivery in 2010 in the Muggiano yard, where the Blue Ribbon winner “Destriero” was built. When completed, it will be the most technically advanced and the most elegant mega-yacht built to date. The yacht will be designed and built according to the rules and regulations of SOLAS, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, which will give the yacht worldwide leading edge in terms of safety. Key features will include, among others, two helicopter landing platforms (one with a hangar), storage for a large submarine able to reach a depth of more than 100 meters, a huge internal sea water pool that can be also used for tender docking and 2,700 square meters of luxury interior space designed by Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design, one of the most trend-setting yacht interior designers. Commenting on the new order, Mr. Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer, said: “A successful entrance into the mega-yacht market is one of Fincantieri’s strategic priorities. As we did at the end of the Eighties, when we entered the cruise ship market, where we are now undisputed world leaders, our simple strategy is to provide the owner with uncompromising quality from our first new build on, by capitalizing on our key assets: cutting edge design, technical and building expertise and a superior capability of selecting and managing the best available suppliers. This project represents our first but huge step on the path to market leadership.” Mr. Giovanni Romano, Head of Fincantieri Yachts, added: “We are proud of having been selected against remarkably stiff and extremely qualified competition for the construction of a yacht, unprecedented in terms of complexity, high technological content, standard of high décor and top-echelon craftsmanship. We are now ready to bring this yacht to life with the same drive which has supported us throughout a long negotiation right up to a successful outcome, winning such a prestigious contract.” Hull #6154 was transfered to her new home until launching in mid-June of 2008 where she will be readied for the outfitting and finishing phases of construction, with final launch to come from the Muggiano building hall in 2010. For more information: Fincanteri Yacht Division, 19139 Muggiano (La Spezia) Viale S. Bartolomeo, 446 ph. +39 0187 543238 fax +39 0187 543239 http://www.fincanteri.it *** Photo Credit: M.L.