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Hard Times for Nobiskrug: The Shipyard Files for Insolvency
According to German media, the Nobiskrug has filed for insolvency. The Covid-19 pandemic made its mark on the shipyard’s financial performance, for example, it announced layoffs for 120 employees last year. According to Nobiskrug, the parent company Privinvest – an international shipbuilding group – had invested almost 180 million euros in Rendsburg in recent years in order to secure ongoing business without receiving a return. Privinvest will support its other shipbuilding units in Germany and try to secure as many jobs as possible there. Nobiskrug did not provide any further information.Economics Minister Bernd Buchholz (FDP) emphasized that the situation in the shipyard landscape is very difficult overall. He hoped for opportunities during the bankruptcy proceedings. "There are still various possibilities that can create prospects for the workforce and for the company itself," said the minister.German shipyard Nobiskrug was founded in 1905. Recognised today as one of the world’s foremost builders of spectacular fully custom superyachts, the shipyard is famous for the 92m Tatoosh, the award-winning 68m Sycara V, the 74m Mogambo, the 143m industry-changing Sailing Yacht A, and the environmentally innovative 80m Artefact.Credits: Nobiskrug
The Global Adventure Park: Aristotelis Betsis Has Revealed The 101m Concept Ark
The UK-based naval architect and yacht designer Aristotelis Betsis has revealed the 101m concept Ark. Ark is designed to reach every place on earth and can be described as “your global adventure park”.Packed with plenty of toys and tenders, such as two 9m full carbon sailboats, two Mercedes-Benz 6x6 G Wagons, a five-person submarine, a helipad and enclosed garages for four different tenders up to 15 meters in length (including a catamaran landing boat), this vessel is definitely meant for adventure. There is an all-glass sky lounge with the 360 degrees views, a cinema room and a spa, and a spacious gym with astonishing 180 degrees views, a ping-pong room and a full size Padel court can also be found on board. The Ark can comfortably accommodate up to eighteen guests in nine cabins and forty-five crew members/adventure staff. She was built for comfort, privacy, and adventure!Credits: Aristotelis Betsis
The 81m Sailing Yacht Sea Eagle II Has Stopped the Whangārei Airport Runway
Sea Eagle II is the world's largest aluminium yacht, and yesterday she entered the Whangārei Harbour (New Zealand), which created some difficulties at the Whangārei Airport due to her mast height of 62.5m (large enough to impede arriving and departing aircrafts). This led to a five-minute delay for air traffic, which was not a big problem, according to the airport manager. The airport staff were warned in advance by the port team. Sea Eagle II was launched by Royal Huisman in 2020 and supposedly belongs to Taiwanese billionaire businessman and philanthropist Samuel Yen-Liang Yin.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established since 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Rusty Russell/New Zealand/Facebook
Feadship’s 94m Project 817 Starts Her Journey To the North Sea
The 94m Project 817 was launched in February and now is on transport from the yard at Kaag to Amsterdam for sea trials and final outfitting. This spectacular vessel was designed by Azure and Studio De Voogt. The interior was made by Peter Marino Architects.Her advanced hybrid propulsion system allows the yacht to cruise on diesel-electric power at 12 knots. In diesel mode she’s able to reach a top speed of 20 knots. Feadship was formed as a group in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship is well-known as one of Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship
The Royal Yachts: In Memory of Prince Philip
Prince Philip passed away on Friday 9 April at age 99. His funeral will be held today at St George's Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Prince PhilipThe Duke of Edinburgh was well known for his love of sailing and also for the naval career. He trained at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939, during the Second World War he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets. He married Princess Elizabeth in November 1947. His active naval career as a commander ended in January 1953, but he held a position Honorary Admiral of the Fleet and the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines till December 2017. He was an experienced yachtsman, racing in Cowes Week in 1957 in the Dragon Bluebottle. Sailing yacht BloodhoundIn 1960’s the Queen and Prince Philip has their personal yacht – the 63feet Bloodhound, built by Camper and Nicholsons and launched in 1936. Prince Philip often used to cruise on her with Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The family sold it in 1969.Bloodhound is a classic racing yacht with many achievements, such as winning the legendary Fastnet Race (twice), the North Sea Race, the Southsea to Brixham Race and the Round the Island Race.The family continued to attend Cowes Week with the Queen on board the HMY Britannia. HMY BritanniaThe Royal Yacht Britannia was in service from 1954 until 1997 and became the 83rd such vessel since King Charles II acceded to the throne in 1660. HMY Britannia travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe and the Duke of Edinburgh has travelled around 70,000 miles on Britannia. He wrote about the vessel: ‘The combination of her ocean-going capacity and efficient management reflected our long maritime traditions and made an invaluable contribution to the prestige of this country.’HMY Britannia receives a last visit from the British royalSince 2017 Britannia has been sitting at a dock in Edinburgh and attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year.Since Prince Philip’s death last week the Britain’s authorities have begun to discuss the idea to name the yacht in his memory – HMY The Duke of Edinburgh. “The towering figure that was the Duke of Edinburgh deserves a permanent tribute to his support for the country, the Commonwealth and the Queen,” says MP Craig MacKinlay. “I can think of nothing better than a replacement for Royal Yacht Britannia bearing his name as the permanent memorial to his love of Commonwealth, Britain and the sea.”“The Duke of Edinburgh was well known for his love of Britannia – it is a fitting tribute to now create a new royal yacht named the Duke of Edinburgh in his memory and for the Queen,” says Jake Berry, chairman of the Northern Research Group of Conservative MPs. Credits: Wikipedia; YouTube

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