Olivia O yacht

Ulstein Verft’s 89m explorer yacht ‘Olivia O’ begins sea trials

The brand new 89m/290ft expedition yacht ‘Olivia O’ has been caught on camera undertaking sea trials in Norway this week ahead of her delivery which is anticipated to take place later this year.

Designed by Espen Oeino, Olivia O is the first private superyacht to be built by Ulstein Verft, a commercial shipyard based in Norway with its own design department.

Founded in 1917, Ulstein Verft’s main focus is on ferries, service vessels for offshore energy, cruise ships and other commercial craft. But, the launch of Olivia O reflects a growing trend for private explorer yachts to be built at traditionally more commercial shipyards.

Owners have much to benefit from by tapping into the services provided by commercial shipyards as they will already have the naval architecture and construction experience required to build yachts capable of operating in rough weather conditions. Ultimately, this cuts down on costs for the owner.

Take Olivia O, for example. She boasts an eye-catching backward-curved bow. Known as an X-bow, the design originated at Ulstein Verft in 2005 and it is now incorporated onto more than 100 ships.

With such a feature, the new superyacht will have fewer struggles in challenging seas, resulting in less fuel burn and lower emissions. It will also decrease the amount of spray on deck.

The rise of owners utilising the services of more commercial shipyards is in response to another shift in the superyacht industry. Not content with being anchored off the coast of the French Riviera, a new generation of yacht owners are wanting to travel further afield to more far-flung destinations.

Olivia O reflects a growing trend for private explorer yachts to be built at more traditionally commercial shipyards

Consequently, this requires explorer yachts designed to cruise in even the roughest of conditions and to be self-sufficient for long periods of time.

For superyacht Olivia O, styling and general arrangement from esteemed yacht designer Espen Oeino were also required. Information on her facilities and accommodation have, however, remained firmly under wraps.

Oeino has experience of designing other expedition yachts, including Abeking & Rasmussen’s 72m/237ft superyacht CLOUDBREAK which, launched in 2016, is available for charter.

Other examples of private explorer yachts built at more commercial yards include the 116m/381ft superyacht ULYSSES and the 107m/352ft superyacht ANDROMEDA. Both these vessels were built at Norwegian shipyard Kleven in 2018 and 2015 respectively.

aft view of expedition yacht Oliva O at Ulstein Verft's facilities in Norway

For more details on chartering an expedition yacht, speak to your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively, view all expedition yachts available for charter.

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