ILLUSTRATION: Espen Øino/Imperial Yachts
At nearly 394 feet (120 meters), Project Signature should have relaxation and entertainment spaces aplenty. “Should” is the operative word, since her build, design, and project-management teams are keeping details close to the vest. Regardless, she is an Amels Full Custom megayacht, from the drawing boards of Espen Øino. Furthermore, Project Signature represents the largest Amels motoryacht thus far.
The air of secrecy extends even to the profile from Øino’s studio. Nevertheless, the designer does say, “Our team has worked tirelessly to create a yacht with a unique layout and a timeless external appearance blending edgy design with elegant curves.”
Also despite the secrecy, some hints are available as to what lies within her decks. For instance, Julia Stewart, director of Imperial Yachts, which represents the owner, asserts, “Project Signature will be one of the most striking, silent, and advanced superyachts ever delivered.” The term silent could refer therefore to the yacht’s propulsion package. Of course, it could additionally refer to how sound abatement will govern powering of hotel loads, especially at night.
It will be some time before the owners and guests get to experience cruising and living onboard. Project Signature has an expected delivery date in 2025.
While yacht watchers and others wait for more details and a better look at the profile, a few other notable details characterize the project. For instance, Project Signature will not only rank as the largest-ever Amels yacht, but also the largest-ever Dutch-built yacht. For further perspective, the 273-foot (83-meter) Here Comes the Sun is the largest Amels by LOA. A 78-meter Full Custom contract is the largest by volume. (Project Signature’s gross tonnage remains confidential.) Interestingly, that Full Custom contract also bears design by Øino. Additionally, Project Signature is the third Full Custom project for the shipyard. Finally, she represents the ninth contract at Amels under Imperial Yachts’ oversight.
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