Azimut Benetti awarded yacht order from Tokyo gov't
Published: Friday, 24 March 2017
Azimut Benetti Group has been chosen to build the 35m conference boat commissioned by the city of Tokyo to host official presentations and conferences. The motoryacht will be built in the Livorno shipyard and is scheduled to be delivered in December 2018.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government put out the contract to international tender. There were two stages in the award process. The first served to verify the financial soundness and organisational reliability of the shipyards invited to bid, while the second involved the presentation of the technical and financial bids.
For this totally custom-built motoryacht, Azimut Benetti worked with Verme Yacht Design consultants on the development of the structural design and the hull shape.
The shipyard has assigned a dedicated team to the order, coordinated by Project Manager Fortunato Di Marco. The team includes a group of Japanese engineers to ensure that the customer receives comprehensive assistance immediately, in line with Azimut Benetti’s Customer Service.
The three-deck motoryacht can reach a maximum speed of 25 knots. Inside, the customer stipulated the need for a conference table seating of 35, with an interpreter booth and a Japanese-style reception room.
A water-jet propulsion system will be used to keep the draught of the boat below 1.25m, so that it can navigate in the shallow waters in Tokyo Bay. The height of the boat is also a key feature of the design and cannot exceed 11m from the waterline to enable the yacht to pass under the numerous bridges in the area. A special retractable aerial was designed to satisfy this need.
Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Benetti, said: “We have won an extremely difficult tender operation in a country where the impeccable quality of products and services is a philosophy of life. The customer was extremely selective in both the pre-selection and award stages.
“The fact that we have beaten the major shipyards we were competing against is a further demonstration of our organisational reliability, financial soundness, construction experience and technological innovation capabilities, of which I cannot help but be very proud”.