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Alia Yachts Turns Hull of In-Build Project Phi Shadow Vessel
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Alia Yachts Turns Hull of In-Build Project Phi Shadow Vessel

Turkish yard Alia Yachts has turned the aluminium hull of the in-build 36 metre shadow vessel to Royal Huisman’s 55 metre Project Phi.

First announced at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show, the shadow vessel has been designed by Cor D Rover, with naval architecture by Van Oossanen.

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 said there would be a "distinct family resemblance" with the mothership Project Phi.

"Although she’s basically a work horse 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 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 principle 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 will come 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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