After several tough years and the entry of a new shareholder 2013, Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands says it will soon start building the first of its recently unveiled Caribbean series of motoryachts.
The 36.6m (120ft) vessel is the Martinique version of the new series of six yachts named after Caribbean islands. The first will have a high tensile steel hull, a material chosen by Moonen’s new shareholder, who is identified only as a non-Dutch steel maker.
Moonen says its Caribbean series reflects its experience in the design, engineering and construction of luxury motoryachts. Over the past 13 years, the yard has launched 15 Moonen 84, Moonen 94, Moonen 97 and Moonen 99 yachts.
“Now with the back-up of a new shareholder, Moonen Shipyards is offering a more modern-looking range of superyachts,” the yard says. “The new shareholder has ordered the first Martinique as a sign of his total commitment to the future of the yard.”
Emile Bilterijst, Moonen’s managing director, says the new series confirms his commitment to “continue excelling in the 30m-50m range.” He said the new shareholder has brought “a new dynamic, new means and a new range of pocket-sized superyachts.”
The first Martinique will have a high tensile steel hull, making it a “lighter-than-normal steel” vessel. Additionally, it will have “a hull form that gives a higher hull speed than normal full displacement yachts whilst ensuring lower fuel consumption,” said Bilterijst.
In early 2014, Moonen Shipyards’ new shareholder bought the Moonen-built Sofia which, at 42m, is the yard’s largest yacht ever. A cross between an expedition vessel and a classic modern yacht, Sofia has been turning heads for carrying a three-seat, Dutch-made submarine on its aft deck.