Palumbo Marseille Superyachts ITM Welcomes First Refit


The France-based refit yard acquired by Palumbo Group earlier this year is back operating. The 279-foot (85-meter) megayacht pictured here arrived at Palumbo Marseille Superyachts ITM this week. The shipyard is keeping her identity confidential.  Palumbo Marseille Superyachts ITM is also keeping the scope of the work confidential.

The re-opening of the refit facility follows a challenging past year. It was then-known as International Technic Marine (ITM). ITM had performed warranty work on many megayachts built in Europe. Last year it also refitted two Oceanfasts, Sirona III and Perfect Persuasion. Financial struggles, however, left ITM seeking a buyer toward the end of 2013. Palumbo Group was one of two bidders for the facility. The Commercial Court of Marseille awarded the company ownership in February after Malta-based Melita Marine withdrew its bid.


Palumbo Marseille Superyachts ITM has extensive work areas. For example, it contains four dry docks. The above-referenced megayacht occupies one of them. The dry docks accommodate projects from 262 to 413 feet (80 to 126 meters). There’s also a covered shed measuring 312 feet (95 meters). And, a quay measuring more than 984 feet (300 meters) is available for in-water work.

All of this complements Palumbo Group’s facilities in Malta and Italy. (The yards in Italy are in Naples and Messina.) The yards there include two megayacht-only dry docks starting at 131 feet (40 meters). There are five more dry docks for other types of vessels. Palumbo Group further has abundant quayside workspace and covered work areas. And, of course, Palumbo Group is where the Columbus Yacht megayachts are built.

The restart of work at Palumbo Marseille Superyachts ITM bodes well for its region in other ways. Representatives of the city and port of Marseille are committed to having yachts remain in the area. They wish to create a new marina for that purpose in the next several years, for example.

Columbus 40S Hybrid: Photo Gallery

The Columbus 40S Hybrid (formerly called the Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M) premiered at the Monaco Yacht Show this year. She’s among the few diesel-electric megayachts on the market. Italy-based Columbus believes that “green” is the way to go for both propulsion and construction. As such, the Columbus 40S Hybrid, with an LOA of 131 feet (40 meters) and with styling and naval architecture by Hydro Tec, was built to comply with RINA’s voluntary Green Plus notation. The above-mentioned engine package, created in conjunction with Hydro Tec, is cleaner than traditional diesel power. It lets the Columbus 40S Hybrid run on her twin Siemens electric motors alone up to about 8 knots.

Recognizing that some owners still like a bit of speed, the Columbus 40S Hybrid has a sporty side. In fact, the “S” in “40S” stands for “Sport.” It’s due to the megayacht making a reported 18- to 20-knot cruise and a 23-knot top end.

The all-aluminum megayacht further has accommodations for six guests plus the owners and a crew of six plus the captain. It’s an enviable crew-to-guest ratio, in a soothing, sedate atmosphere created by Hot Lab.

Here’s a photo gallery of the Columbus 40S Hybrid, as seen on the Megayacht News Facebook page. For more information directly from Columbus about the yacht, which is for sale, please fill out our contact form.


Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Under Construction at Palumbo Shipyard

Palumbo Shipyard is a few months into the construction of its newest megayacht, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid. As the name suggests, she’ll feature hybrid power, in an effort to be more environmentally minded.

The 131-foot (40-meter) megayacht, bearing naval architecture by Hydro Tec, will have two main MTU 12V 2000 M94 engines, but she’ll be capable of running on just her gensets. Palumbo says the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid will achieve a 7.5-knot top speed this way. This setup will further permit the main engines to serve like gensets, powering electrical equipment onboard. In addition, at that 7.5-knot speed, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid should see a 5,000-mile range, according to the shipyard. (If switched to traditional diesels, the megayacht should see a 1,500-mile range at a 15-knot cruise speed.)

Palumbo further plans for the all-aluminum yacht to have a bilge-water separator regardless of whether it is required or not. While the yacht is being built under RINA class rules, MARPOL is the agency which dictates when the equipment must be aboard. Palumbo’s experience with RINA Green Star, among the strictest notations, helped convince the build team to take the approach.

Even with the environmental emphasis, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid will feature luxury touches. The owner tapped Hot Lab for an interior highlighted by teak, sycamore, greyed durmast (a type of oak) marble, polished stainless steel, and leather. Given the nearly 27-foot (8.2-meter) beam and triple-deck layout, plus large windows particularly in the saloon, the overall effect should be soothing. Up to eight in the owner’s party will be accommodated in three guest staterooms plus the owner’s suite, though some of the guest cabins will be convertible berth-wise depending on who’s onboard. Other design highlights include a transom beach club and sliding windows.

Here are more views of the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid, bearing a draft of 5’7” (1.75 meters).

Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 1 Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 6 Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 4 Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 12 Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 8 Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 9 Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 5 Columbus Sport 130' hybrid 7


UPDATE, MARCH 18, 2012: Hot Lab has released two images of the interior for the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid. Overall, the interior uses warm, soft tones, purposely to avoid dramatic contrasts. The materials will include two types of marble, paired with grey-tone larch wood for soles and both tay wood and dark oak elsewhere. In fact, Hot Lab has selected FSC-certified woods (Forest Stewardship Council). Leather and polished stainless steel will also be featured, with the leather treated with a water-painting process.

Columbus 181 Now Columbus 200 Classic

Sometimes megayachts grow because of a builder’s decision, not an owner’s. Such is the case with the Columbus 181 from Columbus Yacht. Started on spec and still available for customization, she’s now being called the Columbus 200 Classic.

At an LOA of 197 feet (60 meters), the Columbus 200 Classic will still look much like she would have as the Columbus 181, shown above. The megayacht will also meet RINA classification and comply with MCA requirements, but more important, Columbus Yacht is striving to have her achieve RINA Green Star Plus notation.

Interested buyers should note that the engineering package is already completed, leaving just the interior to arrange. The illustrations here are provided to potential clients as suggested starting points. Also suggested are six staterooms that can accommodate 14. Naturally, these include a full-beam master suite on the main deck, but there’s also a VIP on the upper deck. Given the popularity of beach clubs these days, Columbus Yacht has also equipped the Columbus 200 Classic with one, as shown below. An elevator will make it easier for everyone to access the various decks.

Performance-wise, the Columbus 200 Classic is expected to reach a top speed of 17 knots and a cruise speed of 16 knots with twin MTU 16V 4000M60 engines.

The central agency for the Columbus 200 Classic, set for delivery in 2013, is held by Burgess. Asking price: €32 million ($44.2 million).

Megayacht News Onboard: Columbus Yacht’s Prima

When a yacht builder launches its first megayacht, people sit up and take notice. When that same yacht garners a prestigious environmental award, it’s even more noteworthy. Such is the case with Prima, a 176’10” (53.7-meter) megayacht built for Columbus Yacht by Palumbo Shipyard. Prima exemplifies the high aesthetic and technical standards the build team set out to reach by entering this marketplace.

Built to ABS classification standards, Prima also achieved the RINA Green Star Plus notation. Mostly pertaining to carbon emissions, Green Star Plus is purely voluntary, but quite strict, covering 12 different pollution sources. It requires design ideas, onboard equipment, and onboard procedures to exceed the international standards for minimizing environmental impact. Prima received the RINA Green Star Plus notation from Prince Albert II of Monaco during an official ceremony onboard at the Monaco Yacht Show. (On a side note, King Juan Carlos of Spain, an avid yachtsman himself, was also in attendance.)

Decor-wise, Prima indulges the senses with abundant use of Carrara marble, especially on the saloon sole as seen below, as well as Durmast (oak) and walnut woods. The look is elegant without being off-putting. Whether the owner is enjoying the balcony off his main-deck master suite or guests are having drinks at the bar in the skylounge, Prima sets a soothing scene. The owner worked with Design Studio Spadolini to seamlessly blend modern and classic elements.

Of course, a first-ever launch does not mean every subsequent yacht will turn out the same. But Palumbo Shipyard is intent on keeping the technical standard high. The team has signed a contract for a hybrid model, called the Columbus Sport 125 Hybrid, which is already under construction in the Naples shipyard. They’re also completing the hull of the 58m (190-footer), for delivery in 2013.

Here’s more of Prima, featuring six staterooms and a reported 16-knot cruise speed.

Prima running Prima main aft Prima master Prima master office bathroom Prima VIP Prima upper deck saloon Prima upper deck aft Prima galley Prima crew area Prima crew cabin Prima wheelhouse Prima wheel