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The story of her construction is as much a reflection of Guido Krass as the yacht itself. At the design stage, Krass turned to long-time friend Espen Oeino, who just happens to be one of the biggest names in superyacht design. Krass and Oeino worked together on the concept of the Silver and Silver Zwei. Taking the initial design for Silver to several yards, Krass concluded that no yard would actually do the job specified.

Hanseatic’s first launch, Silver, created quite a storm in the media, despite the fact that Krass doesn’t advertise the company. Nonetheless, the sleek styling and fuel efficient hull were bold strokes at a time when, in 2007, most yards were building faster and faster machines that cared little for expense or fuel efficiency.

Ultimately, Silver would be sold to the Abu Dhabi royal family, who renamed it Rabdan. Krass notes the irony of having oil money purchase a yacht dedicated to fuel efficiency, but points out that Abu Dhabi has been looking ahead to the future of lower oil consumption. The government there has funded the Masdar City project, which aims to create the world’s first zero-emissions city.

Krass therefore simply decided to establish his own yacht building company, Hanseatic Marine. Though based in Australia to take advantage of that country’s expertise in fast ferry aluminium construction, Krass regards Hanseatic as essentially a European builder. Key talent from such major names as Blohm and Voss and Feadship were recruited to handle the build and oversee quality control, while workers from Australia’s famed aluminium builders were called to the new firm’s operations in Perth, Western Australia.

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Hanseatic’s first launch, Silver, created quite a storm in the media, despite the fact that Krass doesn’t advertise the company. Nonetheless, the sleek styling and fuel efficient hull were bold strokes at a time when, in 2007, most yards were building faster and faster machines that cared little for expense or fuel efficiency.

Ultimately, Silver would be sold to the Abu Dhabi royal family, who renamed it Rabdan. Krass notes the irony of having oil money purchase a yacht dedicated to fuel efficiency, but points out that Abu Dhabi has been looking ahead to the future of lower oil consumption. The government there has funded the Masdar City project, which aims to create the world’s first zero-emissions city.

Krass had stopped by Hong Kong on his tour through Asia with his new 73-metre wonder. While Hong Kongers may have gotten a glimpse of what a thoroughbred superyacht looks like cruising through its harbours, Krass was getting a closer look at what potential there was in Asia for his many businesses.