Rotterdam based Oceanco one of Holland’s leading large yacht builders has delivered the industry’s first luxury superyacht designed and built to be PYC compliant. PYC stands for ‘Passenger Yacht Code’ and differs to the majority of superyachts built to date that are constructed to LY (Large Yacht) codes as laid down by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
Equanimity provides luxury accommodation for 26 guests in a variety of flexibly configured staterooms, a magnificent master suite, three VIPs, three doubles and two twin staterooms. She also has ample accommodation for 28 crew to cater for all the owners and their guests desires. Here lies the big difference in usage compared to the LY coded yachts that are licensed to carry a maximum of 12 (non crew) guests.
The grandeur of the spa and beach club is complete with sauna, hammam, experiential showers, plunge pool and multi-faceted beauty salon. The spa area leads on to a fully equipped gym and pilates studio that can be extended through a fold down platform at sea level, creating an indoor-outdoor wellness area that is unequalled afloat. Equanimity hosts two Zodiac Fast Rescue Ribs and two 10.5-metre custom Hodgdon tenders. Additionally, there is a spectacular 20m² swimming pool with jets. Providing a new benchmark in superyacht-based aviation, the upper deck boasts a fully certified helipad in accordance with CAP437 regulations as adapted for the PYC.
Equanimity is steel hulled with an aluminium superstructure and is propelled by twin 4,828hp/3,600kW MTU 20V 4000 M73L engines, enabling her to achieve top speeds in excess of 20 knots.
As the new superyacht, previously known as Hull No 709, left the Oceanco facility, the work was intensifying on a new 150 metre building dock at their site which is expecting the arrival of a 110 metre motor yacht, (Hull 714) to start work there before the end of 2014.
The design of the new facility features a host of innovative technologies such as independently segregated climate control, and centralised distribution of working air/welding gases etc, which will be available at the ‘point of use’ around the yacht. The climate control will have air locks between different working areas with distribution ducting going all around the shed, and branching off into the yacht at all levels and segregated spaces. This means that operations such as spray painting can be safely carried out under controlled ambient conditions whist other work continues safely in adjacent working areas.
The new dock, measuring 150 x 30 metres can be pumped dry in 10 hours. Integrated into the design and construction are 3,000 m2 of office space, and 13,000m2 of workshops.