After a decade since its last superyacht, the Turkish shipyard ICT Yachts Group has once again forayed into the superyacht market with the debut of its newest project, M/Y Andreika, which is at 32.2m. As the first-ever yacht for Alpha Custom Yachts, it is an entirely unique breed of superyacht for the Turkish shipyard featuring a remarkable design.
Despite being dynamic in various manufacturing industries for more than four decades, ICT has stayed quiet in the Turkish superyacht arena, which in accordance with The Superyacht Annual Report 2017: New Build, presently accommodates 39 active shipyards and contributes to nine percent of the delivered fleet.
However, the multifaceted approach of the shipyard to the industry, which entails production boats, custom new builds, refit, tenders and brokerage, has kept the shipyard active in a recent period where Turkish activity has plummeted, with a 59.1 percent decline between 2012 and 2016 in accordance with SuperyachtIntelligence.com.
According to Laurent Giles technical director Stephan Wallis, the brief for the project was to design the most efficient hull form they could attain speeds in the range of 18-20 knots depending on the engine option. “We achieved this aim in that the resistance at 18 knots measured in the tank tests was about 12% less than a standard round bilge hull form – this may not sound that much, but it’s about 100 liters per hour less fuel burned.”
Andreika’s design process dates back to June 2015, where Laurent Giles and H2 Yacht Design started working on the new project alongside the shipyard. Construction commenced six months later.
The project is a different breed to ICT’s previous superyacht delivered in 2007, which comes with a more simplistic design. Now, meanwhile, the new project seems to be more modernistic with cleaner lines, large feature windows and more prominent angles.
H2 Yacht Design Project Director Tam Elder says in a statement that Andreika was developed as a family yacht with accommodation for up to 12 passengers in 5 cabins and with a huge focus on outdoor living. He elaborates that the GA was studied in great detail in order to squeeze the most usable space out of the platform and the hull was designed with a low draft, enabling maximum access while cruising in shallow waters.
After completing the trials, Andreika is now in the final outfitting stage awaiting delivery.