Among the recent superyacht sector news is the announcement of the 109m (357ft) new-build explorer superyacht from Moran Yacht & Ship and the delivery of the 106m (348ft) Black Pearl sail superyacht from Oceanco.

Called Project Icecap, the new 109m explorer superyacht is stated by Moran that it will be constructed in a Northern European shipyard. Technical supervision will be provided by Moran’s New Construction Team.

Moran makes it known that Project Icecap will be of 6,500 GRT and that it will feature state-of-the-art energy saving, power storage, heating and cooling, and will be powered by a diesel-electric propulsion package making her one of the most advanced motor yachts ever to be built.

A little earlier this month, Oceanco the 106.7m (350ft) Black Pearl, the largest dynarig sailing yacht in the world was delivered. This three-masted sailing superyacht is described as being unlike any yacht the world has ever seen. This unique and complex vessel is the realization of a discerning owner’s vision associated with the participation ofan international group of designers, engineers, naval architects, builders, and project managers.

The designers, Ken Freivokh Design, Nuvolari Lenard and Villate Design, all played significant roles in Black Pearl’s design evolution. Dykstra Naval Architects designed Black Pearl’s three 70m (230ft) DynaRig carbon masts and sailing system. The sail area is subdivided into smaller lesser-loaded sails and they can be set or furled by pushing a button. Astonishingly, all 2,900m2 of sails can be set in 7 minutes.

In addition, BMT, Nigel Gee collaborated with Oceanco to create Black Pearl’s hybrid propulsion system as well as other onboard systems such as waste heat recovery. Not only is Black Pearl the largest sailing yacht in the world, but her unique features such as the state of the art DynaRig system, single level engine-room, a hybrid propulsion installation and regeneration mode when under sail – she is set to turn heads the world over - and for decades to come.

Damen group superyacht builder subsidiary Amels continues the success with its yacht support vessels. It has just introduced its new 55.5m (182ft) vessel Power Play, currently under construction and available for delivery in summer 2018. Power Play will be the sixth delivery of the popular YS 5009 design from the Damen Yacht Support range.

DAMEN product director Mark Vermeulen: “It’s inspiring to see how a new generation of owners is driving this market. It’s very dynamic, it’s not the conventional thinking about luxury yachting. Our clients have fantastic ideas for diving, aircraft, luxury toys and serious boats. They are planning adventures of a lifetime and even getting involved in underwater exploration, science, film-making or racing yacht events. As a shipbuilder, it’s exciting to be a part of making their ideas a reality.”

Like previous deliveries Ad-vantage, Axis and Shadow, Power Play has been configured for a blend of adventure and superyacht support functions. For this new craft the Damen Yacht Support design team has added new enhancements, including a new 50m2 Aft Adventure Centre/Dive Centre, more autonomy and facilities for operating in zero-discharge zones such as marine nature reserves.

Power Play has room for six guests staying in three suites, making her suitable for short breaks away from the mother yacht or even a complete yachting solution. She features a sun deck and a main deck lounge with panoramic views. She will be 489 GRT; have a top speed over 20 knots and has a crew of seven and extra accommodation for four staff, pilots, security or guides.

Hoping to be in build by the end of this year, Monaco-based Dynamiq Yachts has launched its GTT 165, the latest and largest model in our range of superyachts. This 50m (164ft) all-aluminium superyacht with exterior styling by Dobroserdov Design is fresh, sporty and filled with innovations to outperform its rivals.

The GTT 165 fast displacement hull was devised by Dutch hydrodynamic specialists, Van Oossanen and is all about efficient performance. It is equipped with two underwater foils: an aft hull vane and a forward T-foil developed in association with US-based Naiad Dynamics. As the yacht goes faster, the foils raise the hull, decreasing drag and increasing speed.

Powered by twin V8 MTU engines, only Dynamiq GTT 165 can offer a speed of 20 knots that is also capable of crossing the Atlantic at 17kt. For those who want even more speed for faster transfers, a GTS version is available powered by more powerful engines that can top 25kt. At an economical speed of 12kt, both models have a range of some 4,000nm.

The round bilge hull and sophisticated stabilisation system has been developed by Humphree. The yacht accommodates 12 guests and nine crew members and comes in a five-cabin (with a second master suite on the lower deck) or six-cabin layout.

“Price and performance are the key factors here,” says Sergei Dobroserdov, founder and CEO of Dynamiq. “There are so many 50m yachts below 500 GRT available, but we asked ourselves ‘What can we bring to the market that makes more sense for our clients?’ The answer in simple terms is a slender hull with a long waterline that is much more efficient and more comfortable in motion than a short, wide one.”

“So rather than maximising interior volume,” he adds, “together with the naval architects we analysed everything an owner wants or needs in terms of general arrangement and features. We arrived at a concept of 450GT including optional sky lounge that provides the motion comfort of a 55m yacht with a conventional flared bow.”

He continues: “The GTT 165 is aimed at today’s active owners who spend most of their time on deck in the open air and want to experience different destinations, or cross the Atlantic quickly, and enjoy endless summers in the Med and Caribbean on a more manageable and economical size of yacht at the very attractive starting price of €24,400.000.”