German shipyard, Abeking and Rasmussen has confirmed that M/Y Aviva has left the shipyard for Gibralter, with the owner taking formal delivery of the finished vessel. With an LOA of 98.4m, Aviva is the largest yacht built at the facility to date, which increases the shipyard’s average length of deliveries per annum in the last five years by over 10 per cent according to data supplied by The Superyacht Intelligence Agency.
Developed in cooperation with Toby Silverton and Reymond Langton Design, the new two-tone delivery “takes cues from the automotive industry,” according to the shipyard. In order to achieve such a technologically advanced vessel, Abeking and Rasmussen conducted extensive research and technology, which has resulted in excellent seakeeping abilities and a 20 per cent reduction in drag.
“We are very proud to present our latest superyacht, named Aviva,” says Abeking and Rasmussen sales director, Till von Krause. “This is the result of high workmanship and the best communication between the owner and his team during the short period of less than three years.”
Aviva’s new owner Mr Joe Lewis, chairman of Tavistock Group, intends to use the vessel as a ‘floating office’, which therefore calls for the most advanced AV/IT solutions possible. In a recent discussion, Bond Technology Management, which was responsible for the installation and integration of Aviva’s AV and IT, communications and security technology spoke to Lewis about the importance of competent technology solutions on board.
“Communication and information are critical to me,” Aviva’s owner explained. “To be effective I need reliable phones and internet, which is much improved over the past few years.”
From the offset of the build, Lewis specified the importance of being able to manage his investments from wherever he is. However, it was equally vital that the interior features a welcoming and relaxing style, where Lewis intends to spend much of his time.
“Aviva features a fresh and dynamic contemporary exterior design, unique, a highly personalised interior layout and a cutting-edge technical platform,” says Andrew Langton of Reymond Langton Design. “She is intended as a home away from home, and as a result, the layout moves away from current trends to maximise the spaces that will be used the most.”