By David Robinson
German superyacht builders Blohm + Voss and Nobiskrug announced last week that they received a spate of new orders in the run-up to last week’s Monaco Yacht Show.
Blohm + Voss received a letter of intent for its first BV80 contract and Nobiskrug has won an unspecified number of orders from 80m-110m (263ft-361ft), taking its completions up to 2019.
The new BV80 design was launched in London before the Monaco show as a new semi-custom line to be marketed alongside the full custom superyachts that B+V is known for.
Patrick Coote, B+V’s sales and marketing director, told SB: “We have signed a letter of intent for the first BV80 and we are discussing with other interested parties, including ones who want a 95m and 100m yacht. On the custom side we have several negotiations under way. For both the semi-custom and custom ranges, the number of discussions is in double digits.”
For Nobiskrug, confidentiality clauses prevent the company from saying much.
Holger Kahl, Nobiskrug’s managing director, told SB: “The contracts are spread across our three shipyards around Rostock and Kiel, which we constantly invest in to improve the facilities. The three include half the HDW shipyard which includes a 426m (1,399ft) drydock.”
“As to the market,” Kahl added, “we have seen no impact from the Russian situation; the Americans are more or less back and the Middle East is strong. For China we are still waiting to see it move forward but we have had three Chinese who are potentially interested. We have opened an office in Beijing to further investigate that market.”