Piriou has announced a historic new order for a large explorer motor yacht, a first for this group founded in 1965 and mainly known for its commercial shipping activity. The 76.6m vessel will be built in Concarneau, Brittany, by its French division.
Created by Pierre Jacques Kubis Naval Design in collaboration with the in-house team, Piriou Engineering, the motor yacht has been designed for world cruising in extreme conditions (-20°C/+50°C), with an ice-classed steel hull.
The yacht will have a diesel-electric propulsion system with six generators producing power for twin 1,500kW pods. This will give a top speed of 15 knots, a cruising speed of 11 knots and an impressive range of 12,000 nautical miles. An additional central pump-jet will allow cruising in shallow waters, lakes or rivers, and is independently capable of a top speed of 6 knots. In keeping with the trend for a lighter impact on the environment the yacht will have among other features exhaust fume filters and sewage and grey water treatment plants.
Her layout will accommodate 18 passengers in a high standard of comfort, in addition to a crew of 18 members. The vessel is also destined to be used for research campaigns, and will carry several tenders, among them an 11m cabin cruiser, two 7.5m semi-rigid inflatables, a barge, as well as a seaplane!
This order is welcome news for the industry in this area, as the 500,000 hours of work scheduled, including 150,000 hours for subcontractors, equates to 200 full-time jobs over a period of three years. The shipyard facility will be also upgraded specially for this project.
The yacht is scheduled for launch in 2015, and further updates will be made as its construction progresses.
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