The internationally famous and breathtakingly beautiful event was buzzing with wealth and business excitement. More than 100 superyachts, with over 40 making their worldwide debut, lined the docks inside Port Hercules to participate in what is being hailed as the most successful show to date.
This year’s large yacht line up included: Steven Spielberg’s Seven Seas (86 m), Cakewalk (85 m) and Imagine the high volume 64 meter Amels build. Prima, the brand new yacht from Columbus Yachts, was one of several yachts from first time builders. Adrenaline junkies loved Shooting Star a superfast 38 meter, carbon-fiber superyacht from Espen Oeino and Danish Yachts. Hemisphere, the world’s largest catamaran, attracted throngs of sailing enthusiasts. Big Fish, the dramatically designed transoceanic yacht, was also on display for sale.
Industry wide confidence was high, a welcome sign of ongoing recovery from the gloomy world economy. The real benefits of the Monaco Show can only be determined over the weeks to come, but reports from participants were enthusiastic with regard to the quality and quantity of enquiries.
The Monaco Yacht Show is importantly a venue to underscore and promote environmentally friendly initiatives. Charitable functions included support for Wood Forever, a program backed by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, dedicated to fighting world deforestation. This year Show organizers donated €40,000 to better educate industry professionals to use only wood certified as originating from sustainable forests in the effort to halt deforestation. The Show was also the occasion for Wood Forever to formalize the support of SYBA and the new commitment of the US shipyard Burger Boat as the very first member of the program.
In association with the Monaco Yacht Show, the RINA classification society presented the Green Plus Yacht certificates 2011 to Palumbo shipyard’s build Prima and Numptia from Rossi Navi shipyard, two yachts whose construction meets with compliance of the strictest environmental regulations. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II made the award to the yachts builders in the company of his guest, His Royal Highness King Juan Carlos of Spain who joined him on his tour of the show.
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Green Chartering: Chartering for Low Carbon Emissions.
Photo Credit: Pierre Pettavino