Exclusive: Kleven explorer U116 arrives in Bremerhaven for outfitting

Written by Charl van Rooy

Following the completion of her sea trials on the Norwegian Sea last week, the explorer yacht currently known as U116 departed the Kleven Shipyard in Ulsteinvik over the weekend and arrived in Bremerhaven in Germany a few moments ago.

As with her owner’s previous superyacht project, the 107-metre Ulysses, U116 is in Bremerhaven where she will undergo final outfitting. Dörries Maritime will once again oversee operations as U116 is to be completed with superyacht-standard interiors and fitted with luxurious outdoor spaces. "The fact that the owners' team choose to return to our facilities with the U116 project shows that they were satisfied with our previous work," commented Henning Dörries from Dörries Maritime."We are very happy and proud to be involved in this project, as we have been with Ulysses in the past."

U116 is being built for New Zealand businessman, Graeme Hart. As sistership toUlysses, U116 will essentially be a larger, more refined version of her 107-metre sibling once she is completed mid-2017.

CEO of Kleven, Ståle Rasmussen, commented on the hand-over of the yacht, saying: "It has been a great pleasure working with Mr Hart and his team on this magnificent project. We highly appreciate the trust they have shown us by placing not just one but two orders with Kleven, in what was a new segment for us.”

U116 is based on a type MT 5006 MKII ESV platform designed by local ship design company Marin Teknikk, in partnership with Kyle Dick of Oscar Mike Naval Architects based in New Zealand, to carry 66 people on board. As withUlysses, technical aspects of this project is overseen by Manta Maritime.

Photos by Christian Eckardt



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