One of the world’s most remarkable luxury mega yachts, the Slipstream, has been built to Bureau Veritas class by shipyard CMN (Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie), based in Cherbourg, north-western France.
“To reach perfection, there must be hard work!” So says Bernard Charpentier, Caen survey center manager, Bureau Veritas. “The Slipstream was launched in summer 2009 and we worked closely with CMN to help deliver this striking yacht. It is the second in a series of 3 yachts built to Bureau Veritas class at the CMN shipyard.”
Standard yachts are 40 meters in length (131 feet) but the Slipstream measures 60 meters in length (197 feet) and is the largest vessel ever built at CMN. For two years, Bureau Veritas supervized the construction of this stylish passenger yacht designed for charter cruises.
The yacht has many technical innovations and is a beautiful ship of the highest quality. Light, airy cabins of varying sizes can accommodate up to fourteen guests as well as the captain and crew. Special features like a huge cinema screen, an advanced air conditioning system that’s less noisy and more efficient, and a VIP cabin with private deck, make this a real dream boat.
Bernard Charpentier says: “The vessel’s maiden voyage was in the Mediterranean. It can travel anywhere in the world. Last month it was cruising the Mediterranean. Next month it could be sailing around the Bahamas. Slipstream featured at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2009, winning the Nymphenburg prize for yacht design.”
Classification of a super yacht
Bureau Veritas supervized construction of the vessel to the Bureau Veritas classification rules for yachts as wall as national and international regulations including MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) yacht safety criteria, MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships) and SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea).
During the construction, the Bureau Veritas team assessed every aspect of the yacht’s operation, from the hull to onboard machinery and equipment. For example, safety checks were made on all electrical and automated equipment, such as the generator that powers the yacht. No stone was left unturned, from verifying that standard and emergency lighting systems were in order, to checking the efficiency of the propulsion motor and fire safety features.
“Our design review team were involved from start to finish. First looking at the plans then making changes once construction was underway. For example, when CMN decided to add an extra cabin or staircase,” explains Bernard Charpentier.
Every year Bureau Veritas continues to survey the yacht to check and attest that it still conforms to relevant standards. “The Group has lots of experience in the classification of luxury cruise ships. Bureau Veritas carries out this type of work all over the world from Dubai and Singapore to Europe,” comments Bernard Charpentier.
Source: Bureau Veritas, July 23, 2012