Kleven's 116 metre explorer yacht 370 has had her technical launch. It's the second of the two yachts commissioned by New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart, and the technical launch follows the delivery of first yacht Ulysses last week.
The three hull sections of the 370 were transported to Ulsteinvik after their construction at CIG shipbuilding in Poland.
The yard usually specialises in advanced commercial offshore vessels but with the increasing demand for private explorer yachts they have turned their expertise to the superyacht industry.
The new Kleven 370 explorer yacht is almost 10 metres longer than Ulysses and is of type MT 5006 MKII ESV. The lines have been drawn by Norwegian design house Marin Teknikk in cooperation with naval architect Kyle Dick of New Zealand-based Oscar Mike Naval Architects.
The vessel is specially designed for long expeditions in potentially rough waters and Kleven says it blends a robust, hard-working character with luxurious added extras.
The huge 18 metre beam of the Kleven 370 will accommodate 66 people and will include input from a number of Norwegian suppliers like Rolls-Royce, Hareid Group, Jets and Sperre.
“Drawing on our extensive experience in building complex offshore vessels, this new vessel type designed and built for Mr Hart serves as a great example of how close cooperation within the Norwegian maritime cluster brings the industry forward and into new markets,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.
The owner has been closely in touch with Kleven throughout the process so far and has visited the yard a number of times. “I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organisations have worked together to bring this exciting project to life. I am very much looking forward to seeing both vessels being finalised,” he said.
The Kleven 370 is due for delivery in July 2016.