Ambriabella ready for superyacht conversion

Ambriabella, the 51.82 m historical coastal motor vessel from 1962, once abandoned and to be sold as scrap metal, is now ready to be transformed into a luxury superyacht. Ambriabella had a long journey before ending up back in Trieste, her birth place. Originally built by the Felszegi Shipyards in Muggia, Trieste province, she fist took to the water on the 11th of January 1962 with her twin ship Dionea. She served as a vacation ship, carrying passengers in the Gulf of Trieste and helping to encourage tourism in the area.

Despite being a significant ship for the Gulf of Trieste, she was bought in 1976 by the Greek company Idalium, and she took the name Los and later Los Express. In Greece she served as a passenger ferry carrying passengers around the Grecian isles. Twenty years later, Ambriabella changed hands again, this time to Santorini Express Shipping. There, she was named the Ionian Express, but before long she adopted her original name once more.

At the coming of the new century, however, Ambriabella disappeared from official routes. Luckily though, around this time a group of Italian entrepreneurs who deal with mechanical reparations and the restoration and naval design and consulting decided to find her and restore her to her former glory. This time however, she was to have a contemporary twist, turning her into a luxury superyacht. After searching for her for nine years, Ambriabella was found in the Sava Shipyards, Greece. Rescued just in time as she was about to be sold by the pound as scrap metal.

So, on the 23rd of September 2009, she finally she began her journey home to the Quaiat shipyard in Trieste by being towed for 700 nautical miles by a towboat. Now, the planners and designers are ready to start working on the total rebuild of the vessel, which will be finished in two years time. The complex works of reconversion and completion will be carried out at Quaiat Yard in Trieste, bringing to the whole surrounding area new opportunities of business.

The reconstruction planned for this to-be-superyacht will evolves making accommodation available for 12 guests in six large guestrooms. The accommodation will include an owner’s suite with an “al-fresco” area, a luxurious full beam VIP suite, two VIP cabins and two standard guest cabins. Additional features will include two lounges with a bar and a full beam dining room for guests and plenty of outside deck area for relaxation. The company also offers the possibility of installing a hybrid propulsion system.

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By Rosie McCall



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