Insight: Why Feadship’s 102m Symphony is so unique

Written by Laura Nicholls

When the 101.5-metre Symphony burst onto the scene in 2012 as one of Feadship’s largest new builds, she was to be a yacht that could satisfy her owner’s desire to cruise with as many as 36 guests in luxury and style. To do so, the owner sought the expertise of exterior designer Tim Heywood, De Voogt Naval Architects, Zuretti Interior Design and superyacht builders Feadship. 101.5m Symphony cruising in AntibesPhoto: Bruno BuissonFollowing in the footsteps of Tranquility (delivered in 2014 as one of the very first PYC compliant yachts), the immense six-deck steel and aluminium 101.5-metre superyacht, Symphony, became Feadship's first yacht to be fully compliant with the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) regulations and accommodate a high number of guests. At the time, Symphony was the first yacht to follow a safety procedure that had been redeveloped for the yachting industry by both Feadship and Struik & Hamerslag: the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part B.101.5m Symphony cruising in AntibesPhoto: Bruno BuissonFirst introduced in 1997 by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the latest version of the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part B aims to provide design criteria, construction standards and other safety measures for yachts to keep them as safe as possible. It goes without saying that every yacht owner and charter guest alike wants to ensure that their journey on board is a safe one, no matter how many people are on board.Symphony yacht in Amsterdam Photo: Bruno BuissonTo meet the criteria, Feadship and Struik & Hamerslag have found a way to make combustible materials (such as wood) fire resistant to IMO standards. At the time Symphony was being built, it was required that in order for her to accommodate between 12 and 36 passengers, all walls and ceilings were to be certificated for low flame spread surfaces. Symphony yacht in Amsterdam Photo: Bruno BuissonAfter 750 fire tests at certified institutes, Feadship and Struik & Hamerslag succeeded with certifying Symphony as a Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part B yacht. All the materials used in areas on board such as the double owner’s suite with sauna and private study, the full-beam VIP cabin, and four lower-deck guest suites were certified to IMO “low flame spread” standards. Motor yacht Symphony arriving in IJmuidenPhoto: Tom van OossanenSymphony was completed in 2015, and ever since, Struik & Hamerslag has continued to develop the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part B to be a more robust regulation so that all yachts are able to meet the international requirements for passenger ships and IMO standards. Today, the industry is still striving to optimise the safety for those on board superyachts. Symphony yacht in Amsterdam Photo: Bruno BuissonAs time goes on, more innovations are being integrated into the yachts; those on board may not see or notice them, but the standards upheld by Struik & Hamerslag on yachts like Symphony are continuously securing safety for everybody on board. 

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