Amico & Co has announced that the 16 month conversion project currently underway on the motor yacht formerly known as Delma is almost complete, as she enters the commissioning and certification phase. The conversion, which has been undertaken at the Amico & Co shipyard in Genoa, Italy, has seen the motor yacht extended from 85m to 91.5m LOA. She has also undergone a complete rebuild and refit throughout.
This is the largest and most extensive refit project undertaken by Amico & Co and one of the largest projects of its kind ever attempted, requiring a dedicated team of nine in-house project managers and technical superintendents working in close collaboration with the owner’s representative team, headed up by Wim Koersvelt.
The hugely complex conversion, involving an average of 200 personnel at any one time, has been carried out at the shipyard’s 102m covered dry-dock, opened in 2014.
According to Amico, built to passenger vessel standards and Lloyd’s Register classification, the superyacht is due to be completed in record time. She has been reregistered under the Marshall Islands flag allowing her to carry 36 guests, together with 36 crewmembers and additional staff.
During the project, the motor yacht has not only been lengthened, she has seen her main engines replaced with twin 4300kW MTU 20V4000M93L power units, requiring a complete foundation rebuild, and the installation of three new MTU 12V200M41A diesel generators of 526kW each.
The exhaust systems, gearboxes, shaft lines and propellers have also been replaced, and the rudderstocks and steering system redesigned to match the new contractual speed requested by the client. In addition, the power management and alarm monitoring systems have been upgraded throughout the vessel.
Aboard, the interior and exterior has received several new amenities to increase comfort on board: This includes a Whirlpool with integrated sunpad for lounging on the sundeck, new spa and relaxation zones and a new floodable tender garage on the lower aft deck that can be converted into a heated swimming pool.
State-of-the-art audio, video and monitoring systems have been installed throughout and 80% of the interiors have been refurbished.
Alberto Amico, CEO of Amico & Co said, “We have been investing in our facilities and human resources with precisely this kind of large-scale engineering project in mind. It is thanks to these investments and the teamwork of our in-house departments with all their technical experience and know-how that we have been able to perform such a challenging refit.”