Friday, November 16, 2018
Irisha

The steady stream of superyachts being launched in Holland is a very visible sign of the prominence of the Dutch superyacht industry.

Now, with the release of the industry statistics for 2017, there are some impressive hard facts to back up that story of ongoing growth.

According to HISWA, a Dutch industry trade group for the country’s water sports business, the Holland Yachting Group saw its market share in the total value of global superyacht deliveries rise from 21.6% in 2016 to almost 30% in 2017. With 21 superyachts launched for owners around the world in 2017, and 23 new orders taken, there is much more to come in the years ahead.

HISWA represents many Dutch companies in the superyacht industry: people that combine heritage, stability and personality to create motor and sailing yachts of the highest quality. Its mission is to foster international trade and strengthen the competitive position of the Dutch yachting industry on the world market by uniting a group of carefully selected companies based in the Netherlands.

The statistics contained in the annual Superyacht IQ report are keenly anticipated by industry watchers around the world as they give a clear factual picture of developments that cuts through the commercial noise. The latest figures illustrate that the Dutch are selling more superyachts at a higher total value, while also steadily increasing their market share over the past fi ve years. The 21 deliveries over 30 metres made in 2017 were by ten different yards. The superyachts concerned had a total value of €1.19 billion, which translates into an average price of €57 million per unit (an increase of almost 10%). It is also the highest total value recorded to date.

Turning to the global picture, the estimated total value of the 149 completed yachts over 30 metres in 2017 was €4.08 billion. With a fi gure of €1.19 billion, the Dutch superyacht yards now have a value market share of 29.2%, up from 21.6% in 2016. Holland’s proportion of the global market in terms of the number of deliveries grew from 11.2% in 2016 to 14.1% in 2017.

Building on the stability in the superyacht sector has allowed the Dutch to come though the turbulent times relatively unscathed, and HISWA members are now investing in the future with confidence.”

Irisha, for example, is a fully custom-built, all aluminium yacht, and because she is a semi-displacement motor yacht below the 500gt threshold, that allows for fast cruising. The owner’s brief called for a yacht that had to be unique in its looks. The proven engineering platform of the 5000 Aluminium class, offered the perfect opportunity to give carte blanche to the designers to create a radical profile and to deliver the safety of a proven and effi cient hard-chine hull: the best of both worlds!

Powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M93L diesel engines, Irisha exceeded expectations during the sea trials by achieving a top speed of 26.1 knots and a transatlantic range of over 3,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 11 knots. Irisha is available for charter in the Mediterranean and will make her official début at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2018. No sooner had Heesen issued a press release about Irisha, they followed it up by announcing the launch of White, the seventh in the 5000 Aluminium class. The same document also announced that a sister ship to White, known as Project Aster, is currently under construction at their shipyard in Oss and available for delivery in June 2019.

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