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Project Master: Icon Yachts announces 70m conversion project

22 September 2021• Written by Holly Overton

Dutch shipyard Icon Yachts has unveiled a 70 metre conversion project, named Project Master, at the Monaco Yacht Show.

The yard will convert the Kleven-built offshore rescue and support ship Ocean Ness into one of "the world's most capable explorer yachts".

The project has been designed in collaboration with Espen Øino and is expected to get underway imminently after the vessel arrived at Icon's Harlingen facility in August 2021.

The conversion will see Ocean Ness undergo a four-metre extension, bringing her total length to 70 metres, but will retain 95% of the ship's original platform and superstructure.

The owners brief called for a "family-orientated" vessel capable of tackling extended voyages while remaining suitable for charter. 

Project Master's explorer credentials will include a large toy store, a 42 sqm expedition area and two 11.5 metre cranes that can be altered to launch and recover submarines and other guest tenders. On the top deck lies a fully certified helicopter deck that can double as a space for entertaining, providing more than 200 sqm of additional outdoor space. The owner also requested a Jacuzzi, spa and sauna and a gym to be incorporated into the design.

Accommodation is for 12 guests across six en suite cabins including a 135-square-metre owner's suite. On the upper deck, guests will find the main saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows, with the remaining guest aaccommodation positioned on the main deck, comprising two VIP cabins and three twin cabins. Project Master can sleep a crew of 19.

The project was sold to an experienced superyacht owner looking to travel further afield. "The owner was initially playing with the idea of a new build but after talking to us and seeing the benefits of a conversion project he was convinced," said Stephan Vitus, head of project development at Icon Yachts. "We spent a long time with the family trying to identify a vessel for the conversation and this is exactly what they were looking for in terms of the facilities and the platform."

he yard will convert the Kleven-built offshore rescue and support ship Ocean Ness

Project Master will feature hybrid thrusters to allow for near-silent cruising at approximately seven knots. The configuration of the propulsion will also allow for installation of a full diesel-electric system at a later stage, offering her owner future proof possibilities. Once complete, Project Master will have a top speed of 14 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

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