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08 | telegraph | | March 2012 LARGE YACHT NEWS

Italy urged to rethink berthing tax plans

AItaly’s government is facing growing pressure to rethink

controversial plans for a tax on yachts in the country’s waters. Due to come into effect on 1 May,

the berthing tax will be calculated on a daily basis according to the length of the vessel. Yachts over 24m would pay a rate equivalent to €32,850 a year, while those of 54m and above would pay €190,165 a year and those over 64m would pay €703 a day or €256,595 a year. The plan has sparked controversy and the Italian marine trade body UCINA has urged the government to abandon the proposals —warning that the tax poses ‘serious repercussions’ for the entire marine sector. ‘Foreign yachts will be discouraged from staying along our coastlines and a 25% fall in charter traffic will immediately cancel out any tax revenue gathered,’ said UCINA president Anton Francesco Albertini. Federagenti — which represents Italian shipping agents, ship brokers and more than 50 superyacht service companies — also warned the government that the tax will prove counter-productive. It has urged the government to

base the tax on vessel ownership rather than on days spent in Italian waters, to limit it to Italian-flagged yachts and also to exclude charter vessels.

The law as it stands at the

moment will exempt yachts in dry dock or hauled out of the water and, as part of a bid to head off the impact of the tax, Italian shipyards are making attractive offers to owners seeking to refit yachts in the country. Leading the way are the Lusben shipyards in Viareggio and Livorno. Sales coordinator Marco Nouvo has announced that his firm has put together a six-month package for the hauling, launching and hard-standing of a yacht. The cost of the hard- standing will be the same as the berthing rate in the local marina, and includes substantial savings of up to 60% on services offered by the yard.

‘Quality’ crew accommodation in custom-built Feadship newbuild

FThe Dutch builder Feadship has launched a new 67.27m

superyacht — Drizzle, pictured right — at its Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw yard in Aalsmeer. Custom-built for the owners of a

55m predecessor, Twizzle, Drizzle is claimed to feature particularly high quality crew accommodation — including access to the sun deck. ‘This reflects the owner’s concern for crew welfare and a wish that their facilities

should be finished to the highest possible standard,’ said Drizzle’s Captain James Duggan. Powered by two MTU

16V4000M53R engines, the twin- screw motor yacht has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Accommodation includes an owner’s stateroom, four staterooms for eight guests and space for up to 18 crew in six cabins. Delivery is scheduled for the spring.

Crew rescued as largest French yacht goes down

Machinery problems blamed as 60m vessel takes on water and sinks off a Greek island by Michael Howorth


Eight crew members were rescued by Greek air force helicopters last

month after the 60m French- flagged superyacht Yogi sank in stormy conditions off the Agean island of Skyros. The 900gt vessel —which was launched less than a year ago — was reported to have sent out a distress call after suffering mechanical failure and an ingress of water in force eight winds. Four merchant ships — the Italian-flagged ro-ro Grande Sicil- ian, the Maltese-flagged Cement Trader and Eva, and the Ukrain- ian-registered general cargoship Heroi Stakhorskyi — went to the aid of the yacht, along with a Greek frigate and several Coast- guard vessels. The eight French crew mem-

bers were airlifted to safety by a Super Puma helicopter during a copybook rescue coordinated by

French businessman Stephane Courbit. Built to MCA and ABS stan-

dards, Yogi had a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and could carry up to 12 guests and 15 crew. Never intended to carry the

designation ‘discovery yacht’, Yogi nevertheless had the purposeful looks and a definite spirit of an expedition vessel. Early reports suggested she

A helicopter winched the crew of the Yogi to safety off the island of Skyros Picture: Greek Coastguard

the Greek Coastguard, and were taken to hospital ashore for pre- cautionary checks. The yacht was on a voyage from Istanbul to the south of France when the disaster

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Plymouth student wins international award FA Plymouth University

undergraduate has become the

first Briton to win an international yacht design award. Dan Humphreys, right, a third-

year product design student, beat off competition from 11 Italian designers to pick up the internationally- recognised Seatec Abitare La Barca Concept Award with his blueprint for an eco-friendly vessel built from natural or recyclable materials. ‘Daniel’s design was an excellent

match among the constraints, with significant original solutions and attention to detail to aesthetical values. It is rich in design details and

occurred, under the command of French Captain Jean Louis Carrel. He was sailing with a French crew of seven —a number significantly less than the yacht’s normal com- plement during the summer sea-

son, when typically she would carry a crew of 15. Yogi — which was the largest

superyacht on the French flag — was built by the Proteksan Turquoise yard in Turkey for the

had suffered mechanical failure in the engineroom, while others spoke of an exhaust issue. No one from the yacht’s crew or Burgess her managers were available for comment when asked for more details. What is known is that the

yacht had just departed the ship- yard that built her, having under- gone warranty work, and was being prepared for a season of summer chartering in the Mediterranean at €378,000 a week.

Eleven to join ‘top 100’ list

excellent drawing execution,’ said Marco Maiocchi, award president and professor of industrial design. Dan was chosen to compete in

Italy after winning the annual Superyacht UK Design competition at the Tullet Prebon London Boat Show. Superyacht UK chairman Toby

Allies commented: ‘I am delighted that Daniel has won this competition; it is a good sign for the future of the UK design industry when a UK student can win a prestigious competition in Italy. We hope he will follow a long line of illustrious British designers whose yachts can be seen around the world.’

FMore than 170 vessels were added to the world’s large

yacht fleet last year — nine of them joining the ranks of the ‘top 100’ — a new report has revealed. The third edition of the Top 100 survey predicts that there will be 11 new entries to the rankings this year — including the 147m Topaz from Lürssen Yachts, which is set to become the fourth largest yacht in the world. The largest launch of 2011 was

the 141m Yas, built by ADM Shipyards in the United Arab Emirates, and now the world’s sixth largest superyacht.

Stormy sea trials for Dutch yard’s biggest boat FThe Dutch builder Heesen Yachts has delivered its largest displacement vessel to date —the 55m

Serenity — following testing trials in rough waters in the North Sea.

Hans Doodkorte, the owner’s technical manager,

commented: ‘We had a typical winter sea trial on the North Sea with force 6-7 winds and 3m swells. It was commented by all onboard how well the boat handled in

a big sea. She easily exceeded her design speed, so overall I am very happy that we will deliver a yacht that will be well suited for the world travelling she was designed for.’ Powered by two MTU 12V 4000 M60 engines, the

850gt Serenity has a maximum speed of 15 knots and a range of 6,000nm at 10 knots, with accommodation for 12 guests in six cabins.

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