Wider Yachts is developing a new Wider 130 superyacht model. In a recent company newsletter, Michael Hackman, interim chairman of Wider and executive VP of marine operations at Genting HK, says: "I'm thrilled to be involved with Wider at this pivotal time, with the first of its superyacht handovers just completed, the Wider 165 to hit the water early next year, and now the launch of plans for the new 130ft, exciting developments are afoot. I'm now looking forward to developing the company further."
Hackman acknowledged the hard work put into developing the Wider brand, saying that: “Cooperation with the firm's German shipyards would be an asset in terms of managing production and increasing operational efficiency – while maintaining the highest standards.”
Genting HK, which owned 50% of Wider Yachts for a number of years, acquired the remaining 50% following the departure earlier this year of Tilli Antonelli and Paolo Favilla, respectively CEO and managing director of Wider Yachts.
There is no further information at this time of who is working on the design of the Wider 130 or when it will be introduced to the market. Wider traditionally has a presence at the Cannes Yachting Festival, so more might be made known then.
The newsletter states that Genting HK Ltd's recent acquisition of Wider, through its subsidiary Exa Ltd, complements its existing portfolio of yachting assets that include investments in the Singapore-listed Grand Banks Yachts, Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx and Lloyd Werft shipyard in Germany.
Genting is primarily known as one of the largest operators in the international cruise industry, owning Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises, as well as for its extensive worldwide network of hotels and resorts.
As to Hackman, he has a career of more than 25 years' experience in the Asian and Australian cruise and ferry business, as well as time spent on various board positions, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, one of Australia's largest charitable organisations.