Black Shark keel laid at Nobiskrug

Keel laying ceremony

The keel of a brand new motor yacht has been laid at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Rendsburg/Kiel, Germany.

Now the 77-metre Black Shark can take shape to meet its scheduled delivery in spring 2021.

The keel laying ceremony always marks an important milestone within a yacht’s build. In addition to the actual placing and securing of the keel laying section itself, the ceremony also features another tradition. This involves the yacht owner placing a special coin under the keel.

Good Luck

As well as being a symbolic start to the hull assembly, it is also a mark of good luck for when sailing the oceans. The coin is retrieved and returned to the owner once the yacht is near to completion. It also determines the accomplished state of applicable regulations for the vessel.

Celebrating its 114thbirthday, the Nobiskrug  shiptard has been involved in shipbuilding since before the term superyacht was coined. Drawing upon its experience in ship building, Nobiskrug turned to yacht building. It completed its inaugural project in 2000 with the building of the 92m Tatoosh

Since then, Nobiskrug delivered a portfolio of custom-built superyachts.  The shipyard offers building range from 60 to 426 metres, which is the maximum size of the dock available. Over 900 in-house employees work at the shipyard’s two facilities in Northern Germany. There they have developed and built numerous superyachts including the sailing yacht “A”.

Living up to her name

Living up to her name, Project Black Shark, sports a dynamic, imposing exterior penned by British studio Winch Design. Her sleek, contemporary interior is by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design.

With a highly distinctive reverse bow, she will feature two luxury tenders and a spacious on-deck whirlpool. This in addition to three decks of imposing interior featuring a grand beach club and spa area.

Perhaps more notably, however, she is being built under the new IMO Tier 3 regulations and Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A.