Following her purchase form Hornbeck Offshore, an American marine transportation provider, in November 2014, the host vessel HOS Trader began her three year conversion into an explorer yacht at Dania Cut. Initially she was laid up at Leevac Shipyards in Houma Louisiana until the work began in June 2015.
Originally known as Candy Trader the 63m vessel was built in 1997 by American shipbuilders Swiftships Inc. She was then renamed HOS Trader when she was sold in 2013 for use as an offshore supply vessel.
The first work to be completed was major steel work, including a 40-foot mid body extension and redesigned bow which took place at Leevac Shipyards. Renamed Voyager, the vessel was due to be completed at the American refit facility Diana Cut in the fall of 2015. However, it was determined that it would be best left at Leevac to complete the additional 300 tonnes of steel work.
Voyager was then towed from Houma to Fort Lauderdale's Dania Cut for the completion of the conversion. Due to the complexity of the project, the delivery schedule has steadily slipped from December 2016 to March 2017 and now to a 2018 delivery.
Now with an LOA of 91.4m, Voyager is currently being repowered with the installation of new generators and a complete interior rejuvenation by two separate contractors, one for the gust areas and one for the crew areas.
Kirillof & Associates has undertaken all of the feasibility work, including the identification and purchase of the host vessel, the bid plans and naval architecture, the specifications for conversion, organisation of the Bureau Veritas class approval and Marshall Island flag state registration.
Voyager will be fitted with multiple galleys, pantries and media rooms. A complete dive system is also being installed complete with decompression chamber to support deep dives, one of the primary purposes of the vessel.
Upon completion in 2018, Voyager will be the largest superyacht ever built in America.
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