Feadship’s ‘Deep Sea’ 55m superyacht Shinkai launched in Aalsmeer

Written by Alexander Griffiths

With dew still thick in the air, Feadship launched its 54.9-metre explorer superyacht, Shinkai, from its shipyard in Aalsmeer on Saturday morning. Shinkai features an exterior designed by Vitruvius Ltd, an interior penned by Boutsen Design, and naval architecture by Philippe Briand. She has a beam of 10.35-metres, a draft of 2.99-metres and a volume of 974 GT.Shinkai yacht launchPhoto: FeadshipShinkai yacht launchPhoto: FeadshipProject Shinkai is an explorer of the first degree and is set for a lifetime of globetrotting. Her owner is a deft-hand when it comes to world travel and requested a list of very unique and bespoke features to fulfil all demands. Designer Philippe Briand and the teams at Vitruvius and Feadship were more than happy to step up to the challenge. The result is a majestic go-anywhere explorer that features a striking mast, a 7.2-tonne submarine that can be deployed and retrieved by a heavy-duty crane with an almost eight-metre reach. This crane will also be used to launch Project Shinkai's limousine tender and lift the owner’s car and its crate from the aft deck to the shore. Shinkai yacht launchPhoto: FeadshipThe boat herself has been aptly named. Shinkai – or ‘Deep Sea’, in Japanese – can reach the most remote and far-flung destinations, thanks to her self-sufficiency and large nautical range. She is also fitted with a hull built to Ice Class standards. Her other key features are a forward-facing sonar system that studies the ocean floor and a 20-tonne gyroscopic stabiliser that ensures stability in all weather conditions.Shinkai yacht launchPhoto: FeadshipShinkai yacht launchPhoto: FeadshipThe initial plan was for her to take on the famous Northwest and Northeast Passages. Whether that is still going ahead is still to be determined.Shinkai yacht launchPhoto: Feadship



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