When it comes to distinctive superyacht design, German shipyard Nobiskrug is certainly no stranger. In 2017, the design principles of a ‘superyacht’ was put to the test by the shipyard as 142.8m S/Y A entered the public eye, which still to this day receives a constant stream of media attention.
Now, together with Gregory C. Marshall, it would seem that the shipyard has gone out on another design-related limb, as 80m M/Y Artefact has been revealed for the first time, showcasing a challenging and unique exterior which is representative of the yacht’s highly technical and environmentally conscious feats that were high up on the owner’s priority list.
"Artefact is a unique vessel that marries cutting-edge engineering and striking architectural design to embody a tribute to the nuances of human experience that are often overlooked or ignored.” Said the yacht’s captain and owner’s representative, Aaron T. Clark during the 2018 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, when the renderings were first revealed.
"Artefact is a unique vessel that marries cutting-edge engineering and striking architectural design to embody a tribute to the nuances of human experience that are often overlooked or ignored."
- Captain Aaron T. Clark of M/Y Artefact
"Many traditional aspects of superyacht GA’s have been challenged and reimagined in this design to create an unprecedented experience while minimizing impact on fragile marine ecosystems,” explained Clark.
Unquestionably, the 2,990gt yacht’s exterior features a host of technically challenging elements, which Nobiskrug had to overcome, including the curved and expressive glasswork, weighing approximately 60 tons. The central glass defining feature of the yacht actually comprises of 740 square metres floor to ceiling windows.
"The composite superstructure and the extensive use of custom large and curved glass panels throughout is monumental, ensuring that the visual experience from the interior is uncompromised with minimal mullions to obstruct the panorama,” said Holger Kahl, managing director of Nobiskrug. “is a perfect marriage of art and science through innovative architectural design and advanced engineering.”
Artefact boosts an extensive collection of technologies which adhere to IMO Tier III emissions regulation.
Artefact boosts an extensive collection of technologies which adhere to IMO Tier III emissions regulation. These include the use of solar panels and a large battery storage system that allows the yacht to operate for a period of time with no internal combustion engines. Furthermore, silent operation and maximum stability has also been a driving force behind the concept of the vessel.
A DC-bus diesel-electric Azipod propulsion system developed by ABB combined with dynamic positioning that can hold position without dropping anchor. Together, the combination of environmentally focused technologies on board, Nobiskrug appear to have successfully adhere to the owner’s brief in both design and performance.
Although the yacht’s interiors are yet to be revealed, Nobiskrug has clarified that the unique custom interior, designed by Reymond Langton is now been finalised and installed.
Now having delivered a total of 10 superyachts over 30m since it began building superyachts in 2000, Nobiskrug has two further superyachts under construction in addition to M/Y Artefact.
The new 80m superyacht will now finalise its commissioning process, which includes harbour acceptance tests and sea trials prior to her delivery this summer.
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