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Project Phi shadow vessel launched at Alia Yachts

21 April 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

Turkish yard Alia Yachts has launched the 36 metre shadow vessel to Royal Huisman’s 55 metre Project Phi.

Now named PHI Phantom, the yacht was first announced at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show and is designed by Cor D Rover, with naval architecture by Van Oossanen.

The 36 metre shadow vessel will support the 55 metre Project Phi

It features the same design team that has penned the 55 metre superyacht Project Phi, which is currently in-build at Royal Huisman in the Netherlands. Both Project Phi and the all aluminium support vessel are due for delivery in 2021.

Sporting a fast displacement hull form, the shadow vessel will be used for transporting toys and tenders, as well as a small car and extra fuel for the mothership. It will also feature a large laundry and additional crew accommodation inside the 199GT interior.

Additional features include a 157 square metre cargo deck, 45 square metre lazarette and 33 square metre workshop.

Designer Cor D Rover previously said there would be a "distinct family resemblance" with the mothership Project Phi.

"Although she’s basically a workhorse with lots of storage for tenders and toys and a big 11.5 metre reaching 15,500kg capacity crane, the exterior lines and details have been styled to resemble the mothership,” he previously said.

Alia Yachts president Gökhan Çelik added: “This is a very interesting project for us which we foresee will provide a platform that can be adapted to meet the needs of other superyacht owners.”

He added: “The principal challenge is that it has to be very fast but also versatile and efficient. I’m particularly proud because the owner decided to build with us after visiting the shipyard and seeing the quality work we do.”

Power comes from twin CAT C-32 engines for a top speed of 21 knots and cruising speed of 12 knots, resulting in a range of 4,200 nautical miles.

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