Heavy Lift Ship Launches Superyacht at Sunrise Yachts


Because there is no other way to launch large yachts at Sunrise Yachts Antalya Turkey the specialist heavy lift ship HHL Valparaiso was chartered in especially to pick up the 63 metre Irimari and lift her into the water.

The 19,450 dwt HHL Valparaiso is owned and operated by Hansa Heavy Lift GmbH a company specialist in the transport of heavy-lift, project and break-bulk cargoes across all oceans of the world. She flies the Liberian flag

Irimari is the first of the Sunrise 63 series, to be launched and follows 30 months of construction.

A similar size vessel remains unfinished at the shipyard despite having been started some time before Irimari

The method of launching was a world first for superyachting given that the yacht was lifted from her cradle on the dock using two 700 cranes from the 169 metre heavy-lift ship and delicately lowered to the sea in a manoeuvre that had many holding their breaths for a few long moments.

To everyone’s delight, and relief, the 1500 gt vessel weighed-in bang on target and settled into her lines perfectly with no need for ballasting.

Her graceful lines and perfect proportions of the vessel from Espen Oeino’s pen were immediately catching the eye and drawings compliments from all persons witnessing the event.

The full-displacement motor yacht, has been completed with a hi-tensile steel hull and aluminium superstructure, and is capable of cruising beyond 5,000 miles and reaching a top speed of 17 knots. Her interior design is by Focus Yacht Design of Bremen and naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design of Antalya.

Although most of the dock and system trials have already been performed inside the construction shed, the vessel will spend two months at the dock for final fit-out, commissioning and sea trials before being handed to her owners for the summer season.

The yacht will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show this September by Sunrise Yachts, a company founded in 2006 by German businessman and yachtsman Herbert P. Baum and the British-French yacht-builder Guillaume Roché.

It operates from 40,000 m2 facilities that can accommodate projects up to 75m in length and 2,000-ton displacement. Irimari is the third yacht to have been built in 9 years. After delivering the 45m Africa in 2009, and sister ship Atomic in 2014, the company is currently building five super yachts, from 34m to 68m in length.