This week has seen the announcement of two new superyacht contracts totalling nearly €130m, along with refit news from Pendennis which is currently working 11 superyacht projects from 33m-76m (108ft-270ft) plus a new-build.

A new 77m (253ft) superyacht contract for Nobiskrug has been concluded by Imperial Yachts, the Monaco superyacht brokerage and services company. Imperial is acting as the owner’s representative and build supervisor for the vessel, which is due to be delivered in spring 2021.

The superyacht, which has a distinctive reverse bow, boasts five decks with the unusual exterior design by Winch Design studio, while the elegant interior is being overseen by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. She will be built under the new Tier 3 regulations and the new Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A.

“This new superyacht is an exciting project we are impatient to start,” comments Julia Stewart, Imperial director. “It will be the second over 70m length superyacht we will build together with Nobiskrug after the magnificent Project 783, delivered in 2012, and this project is calling for many others to be developed.

“We are delighted to initiate new strong and successful collaborations with Andrew Winch and Sinot Design, making this new 77m Nobiskrug superyacht an outstanding vessel at her delivery and most certainly a class of her own,” she adds.

Holger Kahl, managing director of Nobiskrug, says: “With the two remarkable teams of designers and an experienced superyacht management company, we are truly excited to realise this bespoke project.”

The new 50m (164ft) motoryacht on the order book of Italian builder Tankoa was designed by Florence-based Francesco Paszkowski. This is the second 50m Tankoa is building, with the new contract being model S502 Elettra. It is, in terms of style, a sister-ship to the first 50m Vertige delivered last summer.

As onboard Vertige, she will have a style designed with optimal circulation in mind. Owners and guests can move from deck to deck without interference with crew members who have their own dedicated pathways for servicing the yacht, providing complete privacy for owners and guests.

However, there is one main innovation onboard this new 50m superyacht –  a hybrid propulsion system with four different operation modes. In diesel-electric mode, the electric motors are powered by the two variable speed generators, allowing for a 10.5kt speed and a range of 4,900Nm.

In hybrid mode, of the two main engine drives feeds the same shaft electric motor to generate electrical power to run the second electric motor for propulsion and hotel load. At 12kt, the yacht will have a cruising range of approximately 4,000Nm. The two diesel generators are inactive in this mode.

Operating in a traditional manner, the yacht will be able to sail at 17kt and at full speed it will be able to reach 18kt.

Among the on-board features are a gym and beach club, three VIP cabins with king size beds, two guest cabins with twin berths, plus crew quarters and service areas. The main deck will include the master suite with office and day lounge, and the upper deck will have a sky lounge including dining area.

The Elettra will have an aluminium hull and superstructure, and will be classed with Lloyd’s Register and compliant with MCA LY3.

In terms of the Pendennis Shipyard and refit work, the company is having its busiest winter period for 30 years. Most of the 11 projects, which include a range of sizes (work being done on both sail and motor yachts), will be completed over the next month or so. Work for the summer is already arriving and a this will include a year-long refit project.