Concarneau’s Piriou shipyard has launched the innovative explorer vessel, Yersin.

The 76.6m vessel, which began construction in November 2012, is a departure from the commercial shipyard’s usual line of work but it was chosen for its expertise in delivering a few key features.

She is ‘ICE 1C’ classed, equipping her for extreme temperatures of -20oC to +50oC, with a fully reinforced hull; she is fit to operate in all waters, including protected areas, thanks in part, to the ship’s ability to store waste for up to 40 people for a period of 50 days; and she is classed as a ‘passenger ship’, allowing 18 guests on board.

As well as these interesting design features, Yersin also houses two laboratories, a multi-purpose room, a media room, a theatre, an infirmary, a scuba-diving room and a container storage platform.

She will be delivered to her owner, Francois Fiat, in May 2015.

Images courtesy of Piriou.

The Superyacht Report’s European editor, Justin Ratcliffe will be publishing a full report on Yersin in issue 160.