Dutch yard Icon Yachts has lifted the lid on a new 63.9-metre expedition yacht concept during the Monaco Yacht Show. Named Mission, the hardy explorer comes from the drawing boards of Bernd Weel Design and would be capable of carrying six tenders and RIBS, plus a submersible for three passengers and an Airbus H130.
The yacht has an innovative design that centres around modular elements which can be altered and adapted according to the use of the vessel. A representative of Icon explained: "The use of containers allows owners or special charters to adapt the vessel to their evolving needs by incorporating modular areas within or onboard the yacht".
Contains could include scientific research equipment or surplus water toys and tenders and "these dual scenarios can coexist seamlessly without altering the vessel's primary purpose". The containers would be stored in a hexagonal-styled mid-section of the vessel.
The 1,800 GT Mission has been designed with both private and commercial use in mind and can accommodate between 12 to 18 guests depending on the client. The vessel has been envisioned with a crew of 18, plus six supernumeraries.
"The project embodies an 'experience-focused' design, meaning the vessel is designed to facilitate specialised expeditions, exploration, and yacht cruises," explained Bernd Weel, of the eponymous studio. "As for the exterior design, it showcases geometrical elements characterized by strong, defined lines. Our inspiration stemmed from outdoor products designed to withstand tough expeditions and SUV’s capable of carrying various cargo items. The result is a robust, 'go-anywhere' design with a contemporary and modern appearance."
"Mission represents Icon's commitment to innovation and purpose-driven travel," said Micca Ferrero, owner of Icon Yachts. "It redefines what an explorer yacht can achieve – from sustainability and modularity to profound experiential impact. We're proud to set new benchmarks and lead the way in supporting sustainable exploration."
Mission would have a cruising speed of 12 knots and a 6,000 nautical mile range.