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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