Floating Life Charter & Brokerage has been assigned the development of a project for a new  expedition yacht in the light ice class.

The owner’s primary request was to be able to cruise around the world but also importantly to be able to undertake lengthy polar expeditions. The design brief is for a yacht under 500 gross tonnes, extremely reliable and easy to manage, with a limited number of crew and simple maintenance procedures.

The three deck yacht will be built in steel for the hull and aluminium for the superstructure. The yacht will have a diesel electric propulsion system.

She will have minimalistic styling and Studio Sculli of Sarzana will carry out the naval architecture and design.

Andrea Pezzini, Floating Life CEO and the contract project manager, is finalising the international bidding process for her construction, choosing among a series of international shipyards.

Pezzini states, “We are very excited with this new challenge that will require the project management division to enter into close contact with a several top level international yards.

Presently we are tightly working with several yards from the United States and Italy to be able to offer the owner the maximum service and quality as he requested. During the next two months we will unveil the name of the yard that will carry out the construction of the 40 metre Expedition Light Ice Class.”

Construction will begin in January 2016.