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Keel laid on 80 metre Nobiskrug superyacht project

German yard Nobiskrug has announced that the keel has been laid on its new 80 metre superyacht.

The as-yet-unnamed Gregory C Marshall-designed yacht is the latest project from the Privinvest-owned yard, which recently completed the 142.81 metre Sailing Yacht A, which is currently undergoing sea trials prior to delivery to Russian owner Andrey Melnichenko later this spring.

The keel laying ceremony took place earlier this week with an 80-tonne block being lifted into the building shed. In keeping with tradition, the owner placed a coin under the keel, which will be returned prior to launch and kept as a good luck charm.

Holger Kahl, managing director at Nobiskrug, said: “This happy occasion indicates the start of the hull assembly of the superyacht — when, for the first time she is considered to have a soul. It is also a traditional maritime ceremony to bring good fortune to a vessel during her construction and to her captain, guests and crew during her life.”

Very little information is available about this new Nobiskrug yacht so far, apart from the target delivery date of 2019 and the build materials of steel, aluminium and teak. The yard added that this project will feature a notably large amount of glass, as well as boasting innovative technology and a spacious and modern interior.

“Nobiskrug is known for pushing the boundaries and for not being a mass builder, every superyacht we build represents a unique vision of the owner — this project is just another example we are very proud of,” Kahl added.

As well as new-build superyachts, the Kiel-based yard has interests in a wide range of industries, including refit projects and the conversion of naval ships and workboats.

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