Spanish shipyard Freire has commenced construction on a new expedition yacht which measures in excess of 100 metres.
The keel of the new superyacht was laid yesterday (September 12) at the Freire shipyard in Vigo, in northwestern Spain.
Details about the yacht's design remain under wraps, but the yard has said that an extensive amount of design, development and engineering has been poured into the project in collaboration with the owner.
Speaking at the keel laying ceremony, the owner's representative said: “We are proud of the extremely efficient hull which went through extensive design and tank testing program to make it one the most fuel-efficient and stable hull designs."
The sale of the superyacht was finalised in 2021 and the first plates were cut in May 2022. Completion of the hull and superstructure is expected in August 2023.
The new superyacht marks the second explorer yacht to be constructed by the Spanish yard, after 87 metre OceanXplorer, which was launched in 2010 as Alucia 2 and later rebuilt.