Blohm + Voss Shipyards – a company of the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems based in Hamburg, Germany – has just unveiled the design of a 120 metre exploration yacht. A new entry to the list of custom yachts proposals, B+V 120 MY/X has both the competence to cruise across the globe, giving complete ease for the owner and 16 guests, and large areas to store the tools for exploration.
The propulsion plant has been designed to achieve lowest noise and vibrations levels, highest maneuverability performance and maximum environmental friendliness by means of a diesel-electrical propulsion system powering 3 pod drives for a maximum speed of 18.5 knots.
Starting in the main entrance lobby, which is located in the ‘eye-shaped’ feature on Main Deck, a grand staircase and a lift are leading up to the Bridge Deck. Going up to the very top and located in the aft part of the Bridge Deck one finds a lounge with seating areas that has impressive 180 degree views.
Just below the Bridge Deck is the Owners Deck. The spacious Deck has a lavish duplex Owner’s suite that is connected via a private staircase to the Owner’s spaces on the Guests Deck. It features two bathrooms, a gym and a massage room! The Owner’s Saloon overlooks the exterior deck and has a direct access to the Jacuzzi in the bow area. There are also plans of building an office and meeting area in the vicinity.
A few steps down from the private owners’ staircase is the Owner’s Saloon, overlooking the exterior deck with a direct access to the Jacuzzi in the bow area. There is also a spacious Owner’s office including a meeting area. Guest accommodation includes eight cabins, with six cabins on Main Deck and two VIP duplex suites each with bedroom on Guests Deck and dressing room and bathroom one deck above.
The Guest Deck also features dining and lounge areas, as well as balconies on each side and ample exterior spaces around the swimming pool. A viewing area located in the very forward part of the bow overlooking the sea at approximately 8.50 m height above water is one of the many special features of this yacht.
At water level a very spacious beach club distributed over two levels with access to bathing platforms provides a very unique setting for relaxing as well as entertaining. The yacht has enormous storage capacities, there is space for tenders that range from 5,5m to 16m in length, a seaplane, an amphibian car and there is even space for an 8.50 m submarine.
Last but not least, for maximum aviation flexibility the yacht has been designed with 2 separate heliports. The primary helicopter landing area is located in the aft part of the Owner’s Deck and is strong enough to support a 5 ton load. Located just below the touch down area a fully enclosed hangar provides shelter for one helicopter. The second helicopter landing area is located at the forward part of the Guest Deck with direct access to guest areas.
B+V 120 MY/X Exploration Yacht is guaranteed to be the ultimate ‘SUV’ (Sports Utility Vehicle) at sea.