Tankoa Yachts S.p.A., is an Italian builder of steel and aluminium luxury megayachts from 45-metres in length up to a possible 100 metres. Tankoa typically begins yachts on speculation although it will build full custom commissions. It operates from a shipyard in the traditional shipbuilding port of Genoa.
History of Tankoa
Founded in 2007 by industrialist Guido Orsi with former members of Baglietto Yacht’s management team and industry veterans Michel Karsenti and Renzo Chelazzi as directors, Tankoa began operation in 2008. The company started building two yacht projects of more than 65 metres in length, but the global financial crisis put the projects in go-slow mode. By the time the financial picture brightened in 2013, Tankoa had revised the original concepts and styling. The company debuted its first vessel, the 69-metre Suerte at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. Over the subsequent years the company has built even larger yachts. Vincent Poerio, formerly an executive at Benetti, became Tankoa’s CEO in February 2020. In January 2021, Tankoa began the administrative process of acquiring the 76-year-old Cantieri di Pisa shipyard.
Notable Tankoa Yachts and Award Winners
Tankoa debuted with 69.40 metre Suerte. Interestingly, the yacht was chartered for four straight months by a single client in the summer of 2016, after which the charter client bought the yacht from the build owner. Suerte was designed by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini with six staterooms, a touch-and-go helipad and three tender garages. Suerte was a finalist for the naval architecture award in the 2016 ShowBoats Design Awards.
A 50-meter, sub-500GT project named Vertige launched in May 2017 would become the cornerstone of the yard’s successful all-aluminium 50-metre series. Subsequent yachts in the series were delivered under the names Bintador and Olokun, all with exterior design by Francesco Paszkowski. Olokun, with its striking black and silver colour scheme has custom interior décor by Casa Dio Miami | London. In the fall of 2020, the yard announced the sale of the fourth yacht in this series and said a fifth hull is scheduled for completion in 2022. Hull #2 in the series, Bintador, is the yard’s first with hybrid diesel-electric power and was a World Superyacht Award for Best Displacement Motor Yachts Below 499GT - 40M and above.
In August 2018 the yard debuted 72 metre, Solo, a 1,600GT displacement motor yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini. Solo was the first yacht delivered meeting the Tier III NOx emissions standards with selective catalytic reduction technology. The yacht is also equipped with a CO2 monitoring system allowing the captain to constantly find the sweet spot in terms of speed to reduce emissions to the minimum. The yacht has an owner’s deck with the VIP and four guest cabins on the main deck. Solo was awarded at the 2019 Boat International Design & Innovation Awards with The Game Changer Award. This category honours a product, process or technology that adds to the design and build sophistication or ease of use and owner enjoyment of a yacht and was a 2019 World Superyacht Award finalist for Displacement Motor Yacht between 500GT and 1,999GT.
Tankoa’s shipyard includes modern offices and two construction sheds measuring 65 and 70 metres long. Both operate under high international standards and hold Lloyd’s Register and RINA classifications. In addition, both are supervised by the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) for foreign-flag registration.
In May 2012, the Tankoa Shipyard launched a modular, floating dry-dock named KarSal. At more than 90 metres in length, it allows for the hauling, docking and launching of vessels with up to 4,000 tons of displacement.