Alia Yachts Lays Keel on 55m Project Al Waab II
by Miranda Blazeby
Turkish yard Alia Yachts has revealed that it has laid the keel on its signed in-build 55 metre superyacht named Project Al Waab II.
The yard revealed new details and first-look renderings of the yacht, about which it has remained tight-lipped since first revealing the project in August this year.
Built from steel and aluminium, the sub-500GT superyacht will feature interior and exterior design by Vripack, which also developed the naval architecture and engineering.
SF Yachts is serving as both project manager and owner's representative of the project, which is due for a 2021 delivery.
Alia Yachts revealed more details about the owner's brief, which called for a "modern and fresh design" providing "comfort, space, luxury, privacy and stability at sea." The simplicity of the layout and amount of outdoor space was spexically stipulated by the owner.
Key features include a sub-500GT interior, focus on exterior spaces and semi-transparent sides, creating a wind protected area.
Accommodation on board is for a total of 12 guests in six suits, including a two-tier master suite. The cabin of the master sits on the upper deck, providing wide-reaching ocean views, while the dressing room and bathroom sit on the main deck below.
Glass has played a leading role in the design of Project Al Waab II, with the yacht featuring glass bulwarks and floor-to-ceiling windows.
President of Alia Yachts, Gökhan Çelik described the yacht as "a hugely exciting project."
"As it will be rated below the 500GT threshold, which is quite a challenge for a 55 metre yacht. We're also working hard to maintain an aggressive build schedule of just 24 months."
The owner, who plans on spending long periods on board, added: "I am very much looking forward to the yacht being completed and keenly await the day when I can experience life on board and travel the world with my family and friends."
Chief executive of SF Yachts Francesco Pitea previously said: “I am very pleased to be part of this 55 metre yacht project and look forward to building it alongside Vripack and Alia Yachts shipyard.”
The contract follows a spate of news from the shipyard, which recently announced it had begun construction on Nozomi II, the 32.4 metre sistership of the yard’s Virgen del Mar VI.
The yard is also set to physically triple in size with the completion of a new 16,000 square metre facility. This will allow the yard to focus more on the refit sector and accommodate larger projects.