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Oceanco Shipyard Visit

May 27 and 28, 2015, OCEANCO host six of the seven finalists of the Young Designer of the Year Award2015, which the prestigious Dutch superyacht builder is once again proudly sponsoring.

Upon their arrival in Amsterdam on the evening of May 27, Timur Bozca, Jake Edens, Isik Goren, Ben Hills, Harun Kemali and Antonella Scarfiello were welcomed by a dinner, organized by OCEANCO’s Marketing and Sales Department. Following a vibrant evening out in the city centre, the group visited the yard’s impressive facilities early the next morning.

At OCEANCO, the aspiring designers met with members of the yard’s Sales and Design Departments to witness how things work at OCEANCO. At the same time, they received constructive comments as well as insight regarding their individual ‘concept’ presentations. OCEANCO also shared real life examples of its designs and innovations. The group then enjoyed an educational tour through the yard and the new dry dock facilities.

Subsequently, the group was shuttled by water taxi to Rotterdam, passing by and taking a glimpse of the recently launched 86m sailing yacht AQUIJO, constructed collaboratively by OCEANCO and Vitters. Over lunch at Hotel New York, the yard’s team members and the talented designers continued to discuss what it takes to be a superyacht designer.

Presented by Boat International Media at an annual awards gala in Austria’s Kitzbühel, on February 23, 2015, the Young Designer of the Year Award celebrates the best superyacht design from student and trainee designers under the age of 26. The contestants must submit a design that relates to a realistic client request. They are invited to showcase detailed technical as well as design skills. The entries are judged by a group of international superyacht designers. This year, the Young Designers were tasked to create concept for a 55-metre sailing yacht.

In sponsoring and supporting the Young Designer of the Year Award, OCEANCO hopes to encourage fresh new talent to join the superyacht industry. The shipyard is continuously exploring new approaches to design and technology. Perhaps one day, one of these new young designers will be helping to create the next generation OCEANCO yacht.

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