Sunrise Yachts signs contract to build 56m diesel-electric superyacht

14 June 2012By Raphael Montigneaux

Sunrise Yachts is back in the headlines this week with more good news as the Turkish yard announces another new order, this time for a 55.6m diesel-electric motor yacht.

Sunrise Yachts takes on a new challenge with this build as it will be the yard's first long-range motor yacht equipped with pod-driven diesel-electric propulsion. It was this technical solution that the yard proposed to the owner, a South American yachtsman introduced by Fernando Nicholson at Camper & Nicholsons. He accepted it immediately as it will deliver exactly what he is seeking: comfort, fuel-efficiency, manoeuvrability and a respect for the environment. Powered by twin 875kW Azimuthing E-Pod thrusters, the yacht is projected to reach a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a more economical speed.

Bureau Veritas classed and MCA compliant the yacht will be built in steel and aluminium to a design by Espen Øino, based on the 50m platform he previously developed with Franck Darnet and the in-house team. She is characterised by large exterior openings which bring in a lot of natural light, and also has an usual fourth deck and special features such as a waterfall from the bridge deck to the swimming-pool on the main deck.

The interior, designed by Franck Darnet, will accommodate 12 guests in six cabins, including a special master suite on the fourth deck coupled with a large observation lounge forward, and a crew component of 14.

Project 561, as she is called, is scheduled for a delivery in 2015.

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