New Super-Yacht Looks Like Killer Whale to Blend in With The Environment

Published December 5th, 2019 - 09:14 GMT
Italian shipyard Rosetti Superyachts has unveiled a 65 metre ice-classed explorer concept named Project Orca (Twitter)
Italian shipyard Rosetti Superyachts has unveiled a 65 metre ice-classed explorer concept named Project Orca (Twitter)
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Looking at the features available on the yacht, it isn't going to be cheap - the designers haven't skipped the conveniences expected of luxury vessel.

A new luxury super-yacht has been designed to look like a killer whale - in an attempt to help the 215ft vessel blend into the natural environment.

The multi million pound four deck 'Project Orca' yacht was designed by Rosetti Superyachts and won't be available for at least three years.

It features the orca whale's distinctive black and white colours, a white patch on its side which lights up at night and a radar mast designed to look like a dorsal fin. 

'The organic design traits mimic the orca or killer whale - the largest and most powerful member of the dolphin family', said Fulvio Dodich, CEO of Rosetti. 

The company wouldn't say how much the yacht would cost as it was still at the 'prototype stage' and only release the price of their yachts to people interested in purchasing one.

Looking at the features available on the yacht, it isn't going to be cheap - the designers haven't skipped the conveniences expected of luxury vessel.

It has a gym, swimming pool, spa zone, bar and even its own helipad. 

The yacht has been designed to operate in Arctic and Antarctic oceans and can cover 5,000 miles without needing to refuel at a speed of 11 knots.

It can carry 12 guests and a 14-person crew with a large garage for two tender boats and 'several jet skis', according to the manufacturers.

'Project Orca' was designed in collaboration with Meccano Engineering who created its distinctive exterior profile as well as the naval architecture and engineering.

Mr Dodich said they were inspired by the way killer whales are able to roam the world's oceans with ease.

'They are instantly recognisable by their distinctive black-and-white colouring', these sea mammals roam the world's oceans from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Tropics, which is exactly what our Explorer Yacht is designed to do.'

Within the yacht itself, images of which haven't been released yet, there will be two VIP suites and two double cabins on the lower deck. 

On the bridge deck the owner's cabin will include a private study, gym, walk-in-wardrobe and his and hers bathroom. 

There is a lift between all four decks, that can take VIP guests from their cabin up to the sundeck where they can get a drink at the bar or swim in the infinity pool. 

It is powered by two 1398kW engines with a cruising speed of 12 knots. 

Mr Dodich said that the concept engineering has already been completed for Project Orca and it would take about three and a half years to build.

'If we were to sell the boat tomorrow we could begin construction straight away.'

The Orca is a toothed whale that is part of the dolphin family. They are found in each of the world's oceans and a variety of marine environments. 

Some populations of killer whales are regarded as critically endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss and pollution. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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