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Refit of Indian Empress completed in record time

Turquoise Yachts announced today that the refit of Indian Empress has been completed in record time.

The current owner of the iconic 95-metre superyacht employed Mark Berryman Design to design and oversee the £5 million refit. The interior designer explained that after being heavily chartered, Indian Empress was due a refresh. 

The refit was vast, requiring a thorough revamp of the interior to give the superyacht a more contemporary look.

“The boat had a clearly Middle East look and feel, overlaid by an Indian influence,” Berryman told Boat International. “It was no doubt fantastic in its day, but that day has gone.”

The interior of Indian Empress has swapped deep red and rich gold colours and ornate gilt-work and traditional carpets for contrasting woods, pale neutral colours and large impressive art. Where there was once a rarely used Bangalore lounge, there now sits a cinema (pictured below).

The project needed to be completed in eight months, so it was the facilities of Turquoise Yachts that were selected.

”Apart from our experience and expertise, what we brought to the party was speed and flexibility,” said Mehmet Karabeyoglu, CEO of Turquoise Yachts.

“New ideas and alterations kept flooding in after work had commenced. Our ability to make decisions on the spot and adapt quickly without reams of red tape was key to the speed and success of the refit.”

Indian Empress is a finalist at the World Superyacht Awards for the refitted, rebuilt and converted category.  

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