Francois Fiat, the first La Belle Classe Superyachts Ambassador, chose the body’s base, the Yacht Club de Monaco, to unveil his latest new build project.

The owner is currently building M/V Yersin, a 77m explorer vessel at the Piriou shipyard in Concarneau, here she will be launched before being officially christened at the yacht club.

In line with the La Belle Classe Charter – ‘Preservation of our maritime heritage and its yachts’; ‘Respect for naval etiquette’; and ‘Protection of the sea and the environment’ – Fiat is constructing the Bureau Veritas ice-classed vessel as an ‘eco-friendly’ ship as part of the ASE (Adventure, Science, Education) project.

Yersin has the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, for its intended carriage of scientists, students and young children on ocean preservation projects. She will have a range of 12,000nm and it is expected that she will operate for up to 50 days without the need to visit port.

M/V Yersin is unveiled. Image courtesy of Thierry Ameller.

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