In 1983, the Ursa Shipyard was built in Tuzla, Istanbul, to undertake the maintenance and repair of small and medium-size yachts. In 1985, Dünya Denizcilik was established in association with Ganship Limited in London, to provide a fleet of bulk chemical tankers serving international clients.
In 2006, under the ownership and direction of the highly regarded businessmen Suay Umut and Sedat Ergun, the two companies merged to form Dunya Yatçilik.
With a huge investment programme, the Ursa shipyard is being transformed into an advanced technology facility dedicated to the construction and refitting of the world’s finest superyachts. Today, Dunya Ursa is a 30,000m² shipyard with 180 metres of quays, state-of-the-art construction halls and a highly trained workforce including specialists in every aspect of luxury yacht building.
Currently under construction
Dunya Yachts is currently working on two 72m superyachts, the first project, DY 003, the largest yacht ever built in Turkey, will be delivered in 2011. DY003 features an exterior design by Sterling Scott, with interiors designed by one of the world’s leading designers – Alberto Pinto.
Project Red Square
For hull DY003 (project name Red Square), Alberto Pinto’s design concept recreates a luxury beach house on water. This effect is achieved by the use of large areas of natural woods set against touches of extravagant luxury; simple against sophisticated; monotone against colourful.
Bleached oak is transformed into a multitude of textures – brushed, woven, smooth, sculpted – and is used throughout the yacht in combination with varnished rosewood.
Guest areas are designed using the following concepts:
• Guest suites - natural woven straw dyed in a range of colours including blue, green, yellow and coral
• VIP suite - sand blasted glass and jade green dyed wood
• Master suite - blue marble and blue dyed wood
• Halls and corridors - braided brown leather
• Guest areas - intricate marquetry using a wide variety of exotic woods.
Fabrics include the use of large knitted canvases, colour coordinated with the detailing of each guest suite. Saddle stitched piping on sofas and embroidered fabrics for cushions, all contribute to the overall effect of the design. Contemporary custom designed furniture includes pieces by Alberto Pinto as well as a select group of international designers.
Exterior furniture in teak and straw is completed by a few pieces of red lacquered teak: a pair of armchairs, a series of small tables and four bridge table armchairs.
The wheelhouse has been designed using a much sportier image, akin to a pilot’s cabin: red leather seats and the control panel enclosed in varnished rosewood.
The second yacht currently under construction, project **** , is due in 2012. A 12.2 metre beam extends Warrior’s internal volume to over 1,800 GRT. With substantial interior and deck space, the yacht will be capable of effortless world cruising in true luxury.
The yard has some exciting new projects in the design phase. Amongst these projects are project DY-P88m (codename Blade) designed by Ken Freivokh, which has been designed to combine unprecedented space and innovative systems into a contemporary design statement of power and style.
Project DY-P65m (codename Emerald) is designed by Sterling Scott, and is based around the use of eco-sensitive materials and fuel-efficient systems. DY007 combines green credentials, sublime luxury and highly impressive performance.
Dunya refit department
Dunya Yachts has just completed a large refit of the 52m Amels built Deja-Too and are currently working on two other refit projects. With a wide range of facilities, including a 5,000 ton floating dock and 4,500m² climate-controlled sheds, Dunya undertakes every type of refit, repair and maintenance. Dunya Yachts has a highly trained workforce with specialist skills in mechanical and electrical engineering and furniture production. The experienced team of painters is certified by the world’s leading coating systems including Awlgrip.
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