“The build process is often cloaked in darkness and secrecy, so on this occasion, we are enormously happy to be able to share our innovations and processes.” So says Holger Kahl, managing director of Nobiskrug. He’s speaking about Black Shark, the 253-foot (77-meter) megayacht whose keel laying took place just today. As much as that ceremony is significant, there’s something even more significant about the build. The team behind Black Shark plan to provide behind-the-scenes looks at and details about the construction, straight up to completion in 2021.
The owner’s representatives at Imperial Yachts confirm this. “We want to give a clearer understanding of our industry and how exclusive creations are coming to life, who are the people behind,” explains Evgeniy Kochman, the company’s chief executive. In fact, he adds, the team will present “a vision from the inside like it was never done before!”
The pledges are encouraging, considering the clandestine state of the 77-meter when news broke about her signing last April. Indeed, only a hint of a sketch was, and remains, available. Regardless, the visions of Black Shark start with styling by Winch Design. The megayacht features a reverse bow, for example, along with three levels of interior accommodations by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design. Among those accommodations are staterooms for a party of 12 and a significant-size beach club, with a spa. On the technical side, meanwhile, Black Shark is the first Nobiskrug to comply with the new IMO Tier III regulations, which place stricter limits on nitrogen-oxide emissions.
As for the keel-laying ceremony, it followed tradition. The owner placed a coin beneath the keel itself. Now attached to the keel, the coin remains in place as a symbol of good luck for future travels. As Nobiskrug nears the completion date, it will remove the coin and present it to the owner.