We support our clients during the entire superyacht construction process, or we can offer support for particular stages, depending on their needs.
STATEMENT OF REQUIREMENTS
To construct a new large yacht it’s essential to have a clear statement of the owner’s requirements. Key features and performance criteria will all determine the design, price range and the most suitable shipyard. So we value the personal input of the owner and their teamat the very earliest stages of a project.
For most owners this step is very exciting. This is where the vessel’s shape and form are drawn and their vision starts to become reality. We work with leading design houses, naval architects and marine engineers to ensure a buildable concept is developed early on.
Developing a detailed specification is made easier using Divergent Yachting’s experience of design and construction projects. Our shipyard engineers, naval architects and engineers create all the performance and tendering specifications in-house.
REVIEWING AND SELECTING CAPABLE SHIPYARDS
Superyacht owners often prefer a particular shipyard, based on brand recognition or their previous experience. We’ve worked with many of the world’s leading builders of bespoke yachts and carry out a detailed review of all capable shipyards before issuing invitations to tender.This to reflect the quality expectation, security of the yard, financial stability of the yard and check insurances are appropriate for the build and circumstances.
The tendering phase relies on the commercial knowledge of the people approaching the selected shipyards. Our experts put together a detailed tender package and issue it to suitably qualified and experienced shipyards.
CONTRACTUAL NEGOTIATIONS AND SIGNING
This crucial phase can move quickly, so we manage the process carefully, keeping everyone informed of progress. Aligning the build specification with the yacht building contract is vital, even under the pressure to sign the contract. A small change could easily add unacceptable time and costs to the build phase. To avoid problems later, we work closely with the owner’s team and a marine lawyer experienced in large yacht construction contracts.
During construction, we offer full project management and technical support. For example, project management includes commercial management of the contract to coverbuild schedule monitoring,Stagepayment sign-offs and delay claim negotiation. And technical support includes selectingOwners supplied sub-contractors, managing interior outfitting, and inspectingthe full build process such as welding, pipework, cable installation, equipment installation and paintwork.
This is often the most exciting stage of the shipyard phase. We manage sea trials and. To ensure a smooth handover from build to operation, our project management team will be joined at this stage by their surveying colleagues and our yacht management team.
ACCEPTANCE AND DELIVERY
Co-operate closely with the owner’s legal team and marine lawyers to manage acceptance and delivery. Also assist with vessel Registration with selected Flag State.
This includes ensuring the warranty list and process is agreed and acceptable to all parties. Any works still outstanding at Delivery will need to be scheduled for completion as son as possible dependant on Clients vessel use.
Ongoing OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
During the construction phase, we can take care of the decisions that will affect operational use. These include flag state requirements for either private or commercial status, manning, supplies and spares.