Nobiskrug kicked off the week on a high note with a sunrise launch of its highly anticipated 80-metre motor yacht, Artefact, on the banks of the Kiel Canal in Rendsburg, Northern Germany this morning (8th July).
Designed by Gregory C. Marshall (exterior) and Reymond Langton (interior), the 2,990 GT Artefact is set to become the highest-volume 80-metre superyacht afloat once she is delivered in the coming months.
In a previous interview with Superyacht Times, Holger Kahl, managing director at Nobiskrug, commented, “We’re not afraid of pushing the envelope, but perhaps the biggest challenge with Artefact was that she’s a very high volume yacht with a fibreglass superstructure and tremendous amount of heavy glass.”
To achieve the ‘radical’ exterior shapes, the project team decided to build the superstructure from GRP instead of conventional aluminium. This offset the added weight from Artefact’s countless windows (some 750 square metres of glass weighing in at 58 tonnes) and allowed the engineering team to execute the complex shapes of the design with confidence.
Built to the latest IMO Tier III regulations, Artefact is equipped with a sophisticated hybrid propulsion system that relies on power from various generators on board and an array of Lithium-ion batteries, making her up to 30% more efficient in the water than conventional diesel propulsion yachts in her class.
Aaron T. Clark, the yacht’s captain and owner’s representative, explained, “The set up allows us to run the yacht in a state of optimal efficiency and minimal wear and tear on the generators. Instead of starting another diesel engine when the power demand increases, we can just pull it from the battery bank or, conversely, use any excess energy to recharge the batteries. Basically, we’re always conserving or redirecting energy, that’s the real advantage.”
The interior, of which very little information has been released thus far, is the work of Reymond Langton and will be unveiled during Artefact’s world premiere during this year’s Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Source: Superyacht Times