More details emerge of Voyager's explorer yacht conversion
by Chris Jefferies
Further details have emerged about Voyager, which is undergoing a conversion from a supply ship to an explorer superyacht.
Previously known as Danah Voyager (according to AIS), she was built by US yard Swiftships and launched in 1997 as Candy Trader. Her original LOA was 63 metres and she first operated as a supply ship for commercial works. She was re-named HOS Trader in July 2003, when she was used as an offshore supply ship.
The first part of her conversion began in January 2015. This work included a redesign of her superstructure and lengthening of her hull, as well as a 12.12 metre mid-body extension. She now measures 91.4 metres. Other major steel work was also completed, when a larger bathing platform and helipad were added to the vessel. The work was undertaken by Gulf Islands Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana.
The hull of Voyager has since been shipped to Fort Lauderdale, where fitting out will be completed at Dania Cut. This will include repowering and the installation of new generators.
The interiors are believed to be split between two separate contractors, with one working on the guest cabins and another dedicated to the crew quarters.
Other key features will include multiple galleys, pantries and media rooms, as well as a deep dive centre — one of the primary purposes of this explorer yacht. When complete, Voyager will be registered in the Marshall Islands.
Kirilloff and Associates conceptualised the conversion project with the owners, providing naval architecture and specifications for the project. They have been overseeing the conversion. Rafael Ochoa provided the exterior styling in consultation with the owners and Kirilloff.
uilt to ABS, we believe Voyager will be Bureau Veritas classed after her conversion. We expect she’ll be delivered to her owners in 18 to 24 months. We also believe her accommodation will be spread over her five decks.