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The biggest yachting news stories of January 2024

1 February 2024 • Written by Holly Margerrison

With 2024 in full swing, January saw the superyacht industry kick back into action with boot Düsseldorf, the Superyacht Design Festival and plenty of news updates from around the world. From a ruling by a high court judge regarding the crew wages of Alfa Nero to the world's largest sportfish preparing for launch, BOAT looks back at a busy month and rounds up everything you might have missed...

1. Crew of 81m Oceanco superyacht Alfa Nero awarded unpaid wages

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In a case brought before the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda by Nautilus International and Captain Christopher Malcolm Lewis in September 2023, a ruling confirmed that the crew of the abandoned 81.3-metre Oceanco motor yacht Alfa Nero will receive more than a year of unpaid wages. The yacht was declared seized on 11 April 2023 and the ruling concerned crew members originally employed on the superyacht before its abandonment, as well as those who remained on board from March 2022 to April 2023.

Read More/Crew of 81m Oceanco superyacht Alfa Nero awarded unpaid wages

2. Ringing in 2024: yachts on the scene in St Barths for New Year's Eve

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BOATPro recorded over 190 yachts docked in or around St Barths during New Year's Eve, with regulars Rising Sun and Moonrise returning for the end-of-year celebrations. Joining the mix was the 115.1-metre Lürssen superyacht Ahpo, 109-metre Oceanco Bravo Eugenia (famously commissioned for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) and the 96.6-metre Feadship Faith to name but a few. BOAT took a closer look at the yachts ringing in 2024 in the Caribbean waters...

Read More/Ringing in 2024: Yachts on the scene in St Barths for New Year's Eve

3. First look: inside the midnight grey Sunseeker 100 yacht Majic

Sunseeker provided a first look inside the first Sunseeker 100 to be finished in custom Midnight Grey, the 29.9-metre Majic. Her newly revealed neutral interiors are the work of Design Unlimited, which Sean Robertson, sales and marketing director of Sunseeker International, said "contrasted quite dramatically with one of the boldest exteriors we have ever done". The model is defined by a walkaround flybridge with two separate seating arrangements that connect the top deck with the foredeck lounge.

Read More/First look: inside the midnight grey Sunseeker 100 yacht Majic

4. Hull of 31m "ultramodern" VisionF 101 catamaran turned

In an important milestone for the Turkish shipyard, VisionF Yachts turned the hull on its VisionF 101 catamaran. The 30.7-metre yacht has been built with an aluminium hull and has been described as an "ultramodern catamaran" reportedly equipped "with the latest technology". Further details have been kept tightly under wraps although interior renders hint at a plunge pool and ample lounging spaces. It will now be transferred to another facility to begin assembly and interior production.

Read More/Hull of 31m "ultramodern" VisionF 101 catamaran turned

5. Royal Hakvoort's 61m superyacht Project Asia launched

The 61-metre Royal Hakvoort Project Asia has been launched from its shipyard in Monnickendam, the Netherlands. Designed inside and out by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, the yacht is also known as Hull YN 253 and was sold by Moran Yacht & Ship in 2019. Construction began shortly after, with accommodation for a total of 12 guests, including a master cabin on a private deck, with a stateroom, two bathrooms, a study and skylounge.

Read More/Royal Hakvoort's 61m superyacht Project Asia launched

6. World's largest sportfish prepares for launch in Amsterdam

Royal Huisman announced that the world's largest sportfish yacht, its 52-metre Project 406 is preparing for launch. The project is currently in transit from the shipyard's inland new-build facilities in Vollenhove, "gearing up for the anticipated final stage". Dutch studio Vripack is responsible for the yacht's design, which is characterised by a long bow, high bulwarks and a low and uncluttered fishing cockpit aft.

Read More/World's largest sportfish launched in Amsterdam

7. Third Pershing GTX116 yacht Byeee... launched in Italy

Christened Byeee..., the third Pershing GTX116 was launched in Fano, Italy. The result of a collaboration between Ferretti Group’s Strategic Product Committee (led by Piero Ferrari), the design firm headed by Fulvio De Simoni and the Group’s Engineering Department, the 35.2-metre yacht has a "sporty personality" inspired by SUV automotives and features a Pershing Grey superstructure and metallic anthracite hull.

Read More/Third Pershing GTX116 yacht Byeee... launched in Italy

8. First yacht in Heesen's restyled 55m Steel Class delivered and named Iris Blue

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Heesen has announced the delivery of its 55-metre superyacht Iris Bluepreviously known as Project Apollo – following successful sea trials in "rough conditions" earlier in the month. She is the first of the Steel Class series to sport a revised design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects (the original designer of the Steel Class series). Highlights include a spacious six-cabin layout, including a 78-square-metre owner’s apartment with a starboard veranda and walk-in wardrobes.

Read More/First yacht in Heesen's restyled 55m Steel Class delivered and named Iris Blue

9. World premiere of Riva's first electric model El-Iseo at boot Düsseldorf

Ferretti Group debuted the the 9-metre Riva El-Iseo at boot Düsseldorf following "complex technical and reliability" testing. Now officially available for sale, the runabout is the first fully electric model from the Riva brand and features a metallic-blue hull and blue-and-white upholstery not seen on her prototype. Further highlights include a fully digital, touchscreen dashboard and plenty of scope for exploration, with up to ten hours of navigation in economy mode.

Read More/World premiere of Riva's first electric model El-Iseo at boot Düsseldorf

10. First look at in-build 31m CDM yacht Haze II

UK-based interior design studio Lawson Robb presented the first renderings of Haze II, a 30.8-metre model currently being built by Cantiere delle Marche (CDM). The yacht is the successor of the 26.2-metre Haze, which was owned by British entrepreneur Steve Rigby. Speaking to BOAT International, Lawson Robb's director and creative lead, George Wolstenholme, said the owner had "sunk his teeth into something that can take him further afield". Delivery is scheduled for 2025.

Read More/First look at in-build 31m CDM yacht Haze II

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