Celebrations were alive at the Lürssen Shipyard in Rendsburg this morning as all those involved with Project Niki saw the anticipated launch and unveiling of M.Y. Solandge. The 62nd largest yacht in the world, boasting 85.10m, M.Y. Solandge represents yet another exciting example of a stylish collaboration within the industry.
Richard Masters, the Owner’s representative and CEO of Master Yachts said “It was a pleasure to work with Lürssen, exterior designer Espen Oeino Design, Rodriguez Interiors and Dolker&Voges in a creative and solution orientated environment. Always striving to give the Owner his dream, with her striking exterior lines and her unique Interior”.
A Lürssen spokesperson also said “For us as shipbuilders the launch of project NIKI is a key milestone, we can now finally fully appreciate her well-proportioned looks as she sits comfortably in her element. The outcome is fantastic and Lürssen is proud of building her together with an excellent team, Richard Masters, Espen Oeino Design, Aileen Rodriguez and all other related parties. Executing projects in large yacht building means team-work and this was truly achieved here. We are happy that we have met the high-end quality expectations from the Owner in terms of product quality and being able to stay within budget and on time. We are looking forward for M.Y.Solandge to be delivered as scheduled and finding her place amongst her peers as being a remarkable statement in large yacht construction, based on excellent design creation and engineering skills”.
Exterior designer, Espen Oeino also mentions, “Espen Oeino International is proud to have been involved with the planning and design of project Niki. Throughout the design and development period Espen Oeino International was working closely with the Owner, the team from Master Yachts and Lürssen developing the design to reflect the Owner's vision for the yacht. The result is one we all feel we can be proud of".
Boasting extraordinary volumes, the interior designer of project Niki, Aileen Rodriguez, explains what enhances her luxurious style “The interior has Classical touches with a contemporary back drop, making it a transitional Interior. The unique mix of rare and striking materials gives the yacht its ultimate look and luxurious style. There is a celebration of more than five Artisans, with 49 stone selections and 33 exotic woods from across the world that contribute to her fascinating style”.
Upon being given the New Build management task of the vessel in 2011, Master Yachts implemented their personalised project management style at Lürssen Kröger-Werft by placing a permanent onsite Project Manager and bringing the Owner’s crew into the build team. The project manager of M.Y. Solandge was fully supported logistically and technically by the Master Yachts new build team members throughout Europe. Master Yachts were then able to closely monitor every stage of the project ensuring efficiency and quality while minimising impact on cost and schedule in meeting all the Owner’s needs. This expertise is applied to the entire process through to delivery and preparation for the ongoing operational life of the vessel.
M.Y Solandge will be an exciting addition to the global charter fleet, she represents the very latest in highend luxury cruising and conveys a sense of power and sophistication that is echoed throughout every aspect of her design.
Moran Yacht & Ship sold the project, and wrote the complete technical specification for the vessel.
M.Y Solandge, with her experienced and very well-known charter crew, will without doubt provide the ultimate experience to remember. She starts her life in the Caribbean this winter 2013/14.