M/V Yersin has left the construction shed at the Piriou shipyard in Concarneau on the Brittany coast in preparation for her launch on January 26. With her unusual deep bronze hull and off-white superstructure, she is the commercial yard’s first superyacht project.

French owner, Francois Fiat selected Piriou based on its strong track record of building ocean-going tuna purse seiners and other SOLAS-certified working vessels – hence the 'Motor Vessel' notation.

“Specialist vessels are simpler to build because they have a very specific function,” says shipyard’s CEO, Pascal Piriou. “Yersin is more complex because she is a multi-purpose vessel. What impressed me is that all this had already been thought through and designed five years ago by the owner’s team.”

Yersin is a highly innovative 76.6m vessel designed to operate safely and comfortably in ambient temperatures of between –20°C and +50°C, believed to be a first for a private yacht.

A diesel-electric drive train is coupled to Schottel twin-propeller pods for full DP capability. The Ice 1C class hull has a relatively shallow draft for navigating shoal waters, with a pump jet instead of a bow thruster.

Passenger Ship-certified, with two laboratories, media room, infirmary, landing craft and various winterised tenders, the result is a multi-purpose vessel that combines the comfort of a superyacht with the go-anywhere vocation of an explorer and the scientific facilities of a research ship.

M/V Yersin is scheduled for delivery in May. A feature story outlining her technical design will appear in Issue 160 of The Superyacht Report and an interview with her owner in Issue 16 of The Superyacht Owner.

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