Wider Sells Out to Chinese Conglomerate

Wider, the Italian design and yacht builder has been acquired by Exa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong Limited a company heavily involved in the cruise ship and cruise related operations along with leisure, entertainment and hospitality activities.

As a pioneer in the Asian cruise industry, Genting Hong Kong launched Dream Cruises, “Asia’s Luxury Cruise Line” to cater to the Asian luxury market. The same year, Genting finalised the acquisition of Crystal Cruises, who are involved in the building of very small cruise ships which they have called yachts.

Genting then bought three shipyards in Germany in 2016, collectively known as “MV Werften”, to build cruise ships up to 200,000 gross tons for its three cruise brands, following the purchase of Lloyd Werft the previous year which specializes in building superyachts and other new builds.

Wider recently announced the launch of its first 150 yacht now called Bartali by her new owner. Sold in December of 2016, the new owners requested some modifications to the interior to suit their specific requirements which have now been completed by the shipyard.

Following her final delivery, ‘Bartali’ will be heading off to the Cote D’Azur where her new owners plan to move aboard for the season.

Constructed entirely in aluminium, the 150 includes a 90sqm beach club with 7m indoor swimming pool and an 75sqm master stateroom.

The yacht’s ability to run in near silence using only her batteries has resulted in unprecedented levels of interest and a collection of awards.