The Kleven shipyard (Kleven Verft) in Ulsteinvik on Norway’s west coast has confirmed another major contract for a large, luxury yacht to be built for New Zealand’s wealthiest man. The 116-meter vessel is expected to cost around NOK 750 million (USD 110m).
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the yacht being built for Graeme Hart, age 59, is the second to be ordered by the multimillionaire who made his fortune through company acquisitions and mergers. “It’s great that Graeme Hart wants to build another spectacular vessel with us,” said Kleven chief Ståle Rasmussen. A similar yacht is already under construction for Hart at the Sunnmøre yard and due to be delivered next summer.
The new vessel will also be designed for expeditions in rough seas, not just bobbing around in the fancy harbours of jet-set locations. The design, by Marin Teknikk of Herøy in cooperation with Kyle Dick of New Zealand-based Oscar Mike Naval Architects, is said to combine a “robust” hull with a luxurious interior and “very high degree of comfort.” The yacht features a helicopter landing pad and will be able to accommodate 66 people on board along with five boats.
Kleven current has a full order book valued at NOK 12 billion spread over 18 newbuilding projects. The yard also has options to build several other vessels which, if declared, will increase its orderbook to 23 vessels.