Norway-based DIV Shipbuilding, which owns Kleven Verft shipyard in Norway and Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia, is to construct M/Y NJORD (my-njord.com
), a unique residential yacht of more than 290m in length. Brodosplit will be responsible for the majority of the steel construction of the hull as well as a significant proportion of the technical installations.
The hull will then be towed to Kleven Verft in Norway to complete the technical installations and carry out the interior fit-out ready for delivery in 2024.
Tomislav Debeljak, DIV Shipbuilding chairman and CEO, said: “My company is truly honored to be involved in the construction of this magnificent private yacht, initiated by Ocean Residences Development Ltd. In these challenging times I am pleased to confirm that we have the full support of the governments of both Croatia and Norway who share our enthusiasm for this important project as it is expected to generate employment for thousands of highly skilled people in the years to come, from welders to engineers and many other disciplines in between.”
Kristian Stensby, chairman and CEO of Ocean Residences Development, said: “TDIV Shipbuilding has been appointed as the official shipyard to carry out the construction of M/Y NJORD (www.my-njord.com
), an iconic residential yacht, comprising 118 exquisitely appointed residences which will create one of the most philanthropic communities in the world.”
“This milestone represents the next exciting chapter in M/Y NJORD’s development, as the project transitions from drawing board to construction. The DIV Shipbuilding is a world-class yacht and ship constructor with a reputation for completing highly sophisticated super yachts, passenger ships and other high-specification, purpose-built vessels.
“As a proud Norwegian from a nation with a historic shipbuilding tradition and with deep roots in the passenger ship industry, I am delighted to have the support and involvement of several Norwegian companies including the Norwegian Maritime Authority as the yacht will fly the NIS flag”.
Zoran Kunkera, the DIV Shipbuilding’s chief business officer, said: “Almost the entire industry and community surrounding both shipyards, rely on the maritime sector. The work on the design and construction of M/Y NJORD will benefit thousands of local families by creating more than five million working hours.
“In addition, it will strongly contribute to the further improvement of research and innovation of maritime activities in Croatia and Norway, as well as improving the scientific and technological potential in schools and colleges.
“Furthermore, Ocean Residences Development have established, as central to their vision, the desire to construct one of the most technically advanced vessels in the industry that will push the outer limits in terms of sustainability, technical innovation and emissions standards. A vision that is perfectly suited to the talent we have in both Norway and in Croatia.”
Helge Hermundsgard of DNV GL Norway, the world’s leading classification society and advisor for the maritime industry said: “M/Y NJORD will be a vessel designed to meet the strictest environmental regulations both at delivery and for the future.
“The vessel will be powered by ‘state of the art’ dual fuel engines, with tank capacity for MGO and LNG, batteries for hybridisation, heat recovery systems and advanced power management systems. To ensure that the vessel is future-proofed, the engines and fuel tanks will be ready for easy conversion, to take advantage of future fuels with a lower or neutral carbon footprint.”