20 Jun 2013
Lürssen launches 85m 'Solandge'
Prolific German yachtbuilder Lürssen has launched 85.1m superyacht Solandge, formerly Project Niki, from its shipyard in Rendsburg. She becomes the 62nd largest superyacht on the water and the second yacht launched by Lürssen in 2013, following the world's largest, Azzam.
Commenting on the build a Lürssen spokesperson said:
"For us as shipbuilders the launch of Project Niki is a key milestone. We can now finally fully appreciate her well-proportioned looks as she sits comfortably in her element.
The outcome is fantastic and Lürssen is proud of building her, together with an excellent team, - Richard Masters, Espen Oeino Design, Aileen Rodriguez and all other related parties. Executing projects in large yacht building means team-work and this was truly achieved here.
"We are happy that we have met the high-end quality expectations from the owner in terms of product quality and being able to stay within budget and on time. We are looking forward for M.Y.Solandge to be delivered as scheduled and finding her place amongst her peers as being a remarkable statement in large yacht construction, based on excellent design creation and engineering skills.”
Richard Masters, CEO of Master Yachts, managed the project, acting as the owner’s representative. Attending the launch ceremony, Masters said of the project, “It was a pleasure to work with Lürssen, exterior designer Espen Oeino Design, Rodriguez Interiors and Dolker&Voges in a creative and solution orientated environment. Always striving to give the Owner his dream, with her striking exterior lines and her unique Interior”.
Exterior designer, Espen Oeino was also present. He said: “Espen Oeino International is proud to have been involved with the planning and design of Project Niki. Throughout the design and development period Espen Oeino International was working closely with the Owner, the team from Master Yachts and Lürssen developing the design to reflect the Owner's vision for the yacht. The result is one we all feel we can be proud of".
Solandge will be available for charter in the Caribbean for the 2013/14 Winter season.
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