Video: 116m explorer yacht Ulysses uncovered in Bremerhaven
by Chris Jefferies
The 116 metre Kleven explorer yacht Ulysses has fully emerged from her fit-out stage in Bremerhaven, as new video footage reveals. Local reports suggest that the final pre-delivery sea trials will take place in March.
This five-deck yacht is the second to be built by the Norwegian yard and fitted out under the project management of Dörries Maritime after the 107 metre Ulysses, which was sold last year.
The new Ulysses is almost 10 metres longer than her predecessor and is built on the yard's existing MT 5006 MKII ESV platform. The naval architecture is courtesy of Norwegian design house Marin Teknikk, while Kyle Dick of New Zealand-based Oscar Mike Naval Architects created the exterior lines.
What's more, it is understood that Oscar Mike collaborated with British studio RWD on her interiors and she will boast a fully-certified superyacht helipad. Ulysses has been specially designed for long expeditions in potentially rough waters and Kleven has said it blends a robust, hard-working character with luxurious added extras.
Her huge 18 metre beam will accommodate 66 people in a spacious interior that will include features from a number of premium suppliers like Rolls-Royce, Hareid Group, Jets and Sperre.
“Drawing on our extensive experience in building complex offshore vessels, this new vessel type serves as a great example of how close cooperation within the Norwegian maritime cluster brings the industry forward and into new markets,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.
The owner has been closely in touch with Kleven throughout the process so far and has visited the yard a number of times. “I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organisations have worked together to bring this exciting project to life,” he said.
The latest development comes just a few months after it was announced that German yard Lürssen has bought a stake in Kleven. Together they will collaborate on a new 100 metre superyacht project, which will be built in Norway and fitted out in Hamburg at the Blohm+Voss facility.