By Robert Wielaard
Oceanco has delivered Equanimity, a 91.5m vessel that is said to be the industry’s first superyacht to meet the standards of the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC). Oceanco CEO Marcel Onkenhout says: “Working together with Lloyd’s Register and Cayman Islands Shipping Registry we designed, developed, engineered and built a magnificent yacht, which will undoubtedly set new standards in the industry.”
Equanimity can accommodate up to 26 guests in a master suite, three VIP, three double and two twin staterooms. There is room for a 28-strong crew and the yacht boasts such features as a beach club (with sauna, hammam, a plunge pool and a beauty salon), a fully equipped gym, a pool, an indoor-outdoor wellness centre, two fast rescue RIBs, two 10.5m tenders and – on the upper deck – a fully certified helipad.
The PYC applies to superyachts carrying 12 to 36 passengers. It exempts them from the full brunt of maritime safety, watch-keeping and other rules deemed too onerous for private yachts that, unlike commercial shipping, are never on a tight 24/7 schedule. The PYC took effect in 2012 and provides uniform standards that apply specifically to the construction and operation of superyachts.
Equanimity is steel hulled. Two 4,828hp, 3,600kW MTU 20V 4000 M73L engines render top speeds in excess of 20kt. The interior, by Andrew Winch Designs, reflects Oriental-inspired themes, done in bamboo, gold leaf and marble, that complement the owner’s China origins, says Oceanco.