It took the power of two tugs to haul the monumental hull from the Kiel facility on the shores of the Baltic Sea, setting off at 9am on a crisp winter’s morning in the direction of Rendsburg. BLACK SHARK’s hull passed through locks before entering the Kiel Canal where it spent very few hours travelling at the maximum speed of eight knots. It completed the landmark journey on the River Eider, arriving at the state-of-the-art facility in Rendsburg at 3pm. Imperial, who acted as Broker for the sale and continue as Owner’s Representative and Construction Supervisor throughout the entire build, assisted to the whole event which marks a considerable step in the construction life of the project.
It is here, in Rendsburg at Nobiskrug shipyard facilities, where the highly-anticipated hull will be painted matte black to mimic the texture of actual shark skin. In contrast, the superstructure will wear a sporty, metallic silver colour to complement the mast, which is cleverly designed to resemble a shark fin. The dark exterior colour will wrap all three decks which have been specifically designed by British studio Winch Design to emphasise the yacht’s voluminous 2,080GT.
Commenting on today’s event, Nobiskrug’s construction manager, Boris Deutschmann, says: “Following the successful keel laying at the end of February this year, we are excited to see Black Shark entering the next phase of build. Thanks to BLACK SHARK’’s highly unique design, the hull presented some interesting challenges when it came to perfecting the sleek silhouette during the construction period, but we overcame that feat, and now relish the next stage of interior and exterior outfitting, which commences in Rendsburg.”
On her side, Imperial Director Julia Stewart added: “It’s a new milestone achieved for this exciting project, a step closer to the final delivery. Her detailed and astonishing black hull will certainly impress the world when will come the time of her first official splash into the water. Imperial and its team are proudly building, with the help of our esteemed partner Nobiskrug, the future of superyacht in all its qualities and superb. From now, every day is coming close to the delivery, and It looks very exciting to see the next achievements.”