YARD UPDATE '07: Oceanco

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Holland’s biggest superyachts…

JUNE 2007

Oceanco delivered two really big projects this year and currently is working on four more of similar size.
Designed by Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard’s studio, Y701, the 80m (262ft) steel/aluminium motoryacht Amevi, left the yard in February. Her beam is a whopping 14.2m (46ft 7in) and her displacement is around 2,500 gross tons. Outside she includes a top-deck pool and two spa-pools forward on an owners’ private upper deck. Twin 4,680hp MTU 16V595TE70 diesels provide an 18.5-knot maximum speed and her range should be about 6,000 nautical miles at around 14 knots. She will accommodate up to 20 guests and a crew/staff complement of around 26. Her interior is by Alberto Pinto.
Next away was Y702 Alfa Nero. This award-winning 82m (269ft) steel/aluminium motoryacht with a beam of 14.2m (46ft 7in) beam also comes from Nuvolari & Lenard, the Scorzè-based studio near Venice that is really on a roll just now. Her hull is jet black and her superstructure oyster white. This one will include a large ‘infinity’ swimming pool with ‘jetstream’ on her aft deck. Thanks to her twin 4,680hp MTUs, she will have a top speed of 20 knots and a 5,500 nautical mile range at a 14-knot cruise. She will cater for upto 12 guests and can accommodate a total crew complement of 28. Her high-gloss interior is also by Alberto Pinto. She was launched in May and finally delivered in July; and she is expected to put in appearances at both ’07 Monaco and conceivably Fort Lauderdale, a tight schedule if ever there was one!
As for yachts in progress, the furthest progressed in Oceanco’s Y703, which for now remains nameless. This one is the smallest of the current crop of Oceancos, despite the fact that she will have a 75.5m (248ft) LOA and a 13.4m (44ft) beam! She will be good for around 18 knots. Sam Sorgiovanni handled both the exterior, which is extremely sleek, and the interior of this project. She should deliver for spring ’08.
Next in line is Y704, an 85.5m (279ft) with a 14.2m (46ft 7in) beam that comes once again from Nuvolari & Lenard. She will deliver 20-knot or so performance thanks to twin 4,680hp MTUs. She will eventually accommodate up to 12 guests and a crew of 30. Her delivery is timetabled for spring ’09.
Oceanco’s Y705 is again 85.5m (280ft). She features an exterior styling by UK-based Bjorn Johansson Design, this up-and-coming studio’s first major new-build project, but the interior designer has not yet been chosen. The keel-laying ceremony for this one took place in February ’07 and delivery is scheduled for summer ’09, which means a 30-month or so build programme.
The newest addition to the order book is Y706, yet another 85.5m (279ft), but alas a strict confidentiality agreement restricts any information to be released.
Oceanco now rates as the builder of the biggest superyachts in Holland and seems to have carved out a niche for itself in the 75-85m (260ft) sector of the market, at which Oceanco probably weighs in at very roughly €40,000 per ton. Although having said that, the yard will still tender for projects below 60m and, of course, it is capable of going bigger still. It’s biggest to date was the 2000-launched 95m (311ft) Indian Empress (ex-Al Mirqab), which had a beam of 15.2m (50ft). And it says it could cope up to 130m (426ft), which is the length of its quay at its Alblasserdam facility.

  The Oceanco Shipyard has been able to re-establish itself as a more than credible force... 


Oceanco aims to have two to three projects in hand for fit out at any one time at its huge 145x45m (475x148ft) construction hall in Alblasserdam, which employs just 50 people directly despite the fact that there are usually well over 300 in the yard at any given time. Most of Oceanco’s steel hulls these days are fabricated by Dutch exclusive subcontract yard Zwijnenburg, although aluminium superstructures are sourced from Poland. From start to finish an 80m (262ft) project is currently taking around 26 months from cutting metal to delivery — encompassing, say, a year-long fabrication and a 14-month fit-out.
The company retains its design office and sales and marketing team in Monaco.
Thanks to the backing over the past few years of Theo Angelopoulos, the Greek owner of the 60m (197ft) ’04-launched Oceanco Alfa Four and most recenbtly the 82m (269ft) Alfa Nero, the Oceanco Shipyard has been able to re-establish itself as a more than credible force following a sticky period several years ago that saw the company grind to a halt.
“We understand that building bigger boats is not the key to success,” says managing director Eel Kant. “Bigger boats tend to mean smaller profits, so you have to be cleverer, more efficient, not less so…”

© Phil Draper