A last minute visit to RMK Marine in Tuzla Istanbul last week, provided us with an opportunity to see the progress on the 45 metre Ron Holland designed superyacht BN80. The yacht is in her final stages of construction, and will be delivered early next year. The yard is also working on the second Oyster 100, and the first Oyster 125, as well as several refit projects.
Security was tight at the RMK site, where the yard not only builds and refits superyachts, but also navy and coastguard vessels, however we were welcomed with open arms, and toured the yard's impressive facility. The quality of build achieved by RMK Marine has been recognised over several years with many award winning yachts emerging from the yard.
Johannes Kerschbaumer, responsible for the superyacht interior production, showed us how the yard uses life size mock-ups to pre-fit parts of the interior. When we were there last week, Turkish craftsmen were working on the lower deck and deckhouse interior of the new Oyster 125.
The theme for the interior of the 45 metre superyacht, which is also being installed at the moment, is based on contemporary Asian design using influences from Thailand and Japan. This has resulted in a rich palette of materials being assembled by the team which incorporate specialised finishes such as gold leaf stencilling, custom lacquering, parchment and shagreen all combined with the finest selection of silks and other sumptuous fabrics to give an eastern theme to complement and contrast with the contemporary uncluttered space planning of the interior.
As part of the Koç Group, RMK Marine represents one of the most proven, financially stable and well resourced build yards in the industry today. The Koç Group is the largest industrial group in Turkey in terms of revenue, export, total market capitalisation, and the number of employees.