The year finished on a high for Turkish shipyard Tansu with the signing of a new 44m superyacht just before the new year. Project Orca will have a different layout to previous Tansu yachts as it has been designed exclusively for the fishing-oriented lifestyle of the client.

Orca is a collaborative project in terms of design - between Tansu’s in-house design team, who worked on the exterior, and Diana Yacht Design, which is currently working on the architectural and engineering studies for the project.

In true Tansu style, little has been given away on the project, in terms of specification or design, as the Turkish shipyard released only a mysterious teaser image to announce the contract signing. What we do know however, is that Orca will have a top speed of 16 knots, four guest cabins and her construction will be undertaken using the wood epoxy saturation technique, which Tansu also used for 38.7m Alyssa, 33.9m Only Now and 37.6m So’mar.

Although Tansu has built a number of vessels under 30m since its founding in 1996, the Turkish shipyard has only recently shifted its focus to the superyacht market, with the delivery of 35.2m Ceylan in 2011. Now Tansu has five superyachts in its fleet , with a further five under construction, two of which are scheduled for delivery this year.

Tansu is currently at full capacity, with five yachts on order – four of which are well under construction. As a result, the next available build slot at the facility will be in 2016, once 38.4m Cutlass and 38.4m Le Tre Sorelle have been delivered and Orca begins the construction process.

Steadily the shipyard is becoming a more active player in Turkey and has got the joint highest number of orders on its books, alongside Turquoise Yachts, as shown in the chart above.


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