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Groundbreaking support vessel, ATLAS, concept launches

With limited support vessels built for purpose on the market up to 500GT, Auckland-based Diverse Projects has designed a vessel which combines the most-effective features of support vessels in service.

A new support vessel concept has been launched to market.

Atlas, the naval architecture of which is advanced and which is ready to build on request, has been created by a team experienced in converting commercial vessels into superyacht support vessels.

Atlas takes the knowledge the team at Diverse Projects, Auckland, has gathered through extensive work with superyacht owners creating support vessels, and combines all common requirements into one, purpose-built vessel.

We have been very fortunate to see both the benefits and shortcomings of what the incumbent industry can offer. With the knowledge that owners are wishing to push the duration of their voyages to more remote places, while still being able to cater for every possible activity, we started our design process not from a blank sheet but from knowledge of vessels currently in service,” says Diverse Projects’ John Vitali.

Atlas has been designed based on Diverse Projects’ experience of what owners most commonly ask to be added - or removed - from their support vessels. With a hull designed for ultimate steadiness, it has multiple loading stabilities and is designed to come in under 500GT.

“After a number of iterations with our chosen design office, which has one of the most efficient hull form databases, and thousands of hours of design work, we firmed on the platform which is now Atlas,” continues Diverse Projects’ Lars Bjorklund.

The Atlas package offers an efficient, stable, DP1, high load carrier with package options to add on modules like heli-decks, large A-frame, tender ramp, submarine garage, media/science containers and other extras often required for support vessels, and the team is ready to start work on an Atlas project immediately. Having been designed specifically for purpose, Atlas will be a very efficient high load carrier of both liquid and deck cargo platforms.

The Diverse Projects team were the project managers who were tasked with the conversion of Damen Sea Axe Umbra into a comprehensive support vessel for 56-metre research vessel Alucia - a yacht which had also been refitted by Diverse Projects. The team is currently converting another Damen Sea Axe; Advantage into a support vessel, and the project, six months in the making, was one Diverse Projects was thrilled to bring to New Zealand shores.

With experience stretching across many refit projects, as well as new build, the Diverse Projects team has an awareness of the time and cost involved in adding or subtracting elements from an existing vessel. Reducing that time and cost is the driving principle behind Atlas.

The Atlas package is fully customisable according to owner requirements with additional elements that can be added to ensure it fully fits the owner and mothership
s needs.

Its a transformer,Lars Bjorklund finishes. A purpose-built base boat, stripped down to basics allowing the owner to add the elements needed, to create the most cost-effective, high-yielding support vessel available.

Please make an appointment with directors John Vitali and Lars Bjorklund to be introduced to Atlas at the Monaco Yacht Show. 


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Diverse Projects Completes Alucia Refit

The project management team at Diverse Projects has successfully completed our most complex refit to date. A full 12 month refit was undertaken on M/Y Alucia, a 56-metre explorer vessel, which included a break period in the middle to accommodate a scheduled cruise. 

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Four of the best

We've chosen four of our favourite charter yachts on the market now and broken them down into their best features. Not sure which to choose for your next escape? Read on below. 

Whatever type of holiday you'e looking for, the yacht you choose should enhance your experience. Whether it’s diversity, style, space or a family-oriented layout you are looking for, one of these world-class superyachts will fulfill your every need. With all four superyachts measuring over 37 metres in length, and accommodating up to 12 
guests in large and beautifully-finished cabins, each yacht’s individual features should be what you look to when booking the holiday of a lifetime. 

M/Y Sweet Escape – the yacht for groups 
The clue is in the name ‘Sweet Escape’, with this 39-metre yacht providing all the key ingredients for a break from reality. Sweet Escape has the diversity to suit everyone’s tastes and moods, and larger charter groups will find all their needs catered to on this luxury yacht. 

If taking in incredible views from the sundeck Jacuzzi with a signature cocktail in hand is your idea of a perfect holiday, then look no further. For those looking for a little more excitement, then the large collection of water toys will provide amusement for the entire  holiday. Toys include seas kayaks, speedy tenders, paddleboards, jetskis, and a waterslide. The addition of a floating island platform provides extended deck space, an excellent spot for catching some rays. 

Indoor entertainment matches that of outdoors, with BOSE surround sound in every room, ample saloon space and a fitness room.  Excellent communication systems allow you to stay connected to the outside world, not that you would want to when staying on Sweet Escape

M/Y Sunshine – perfect for families 
M/Y Sunshine provides timeless style and family fun in perfect combination. The yacht layout is perfectly suited to a multi-generation family, with the yacht accommodating up  to 12 guests, with two master suites included in the five staterooms. At 37.8-metres she has ample deck and saloon space to accommodate the whole family in high style. 

This beautiful yacht was refitted in 2014 to a flawless standard, with interior design by Dee Robinson Interiors and naval architecture by Benetti. This classic design both inside and out  will appeal to adults, whilst the water toy room, swim platform and slide are sure to  keep children busy for hours on end. Extensive dive equipment caters to enthusiasts and  beginners alike. 

S/Y Rosehearty – the ultimate in luxury and style 
S/Y Rosehearty epitomizes luxury. A graceful 56-metre sailing yacht, she is perfect for those looking for the ultimate superyacht experience.  With interior design by the  renowned Christian Liaigre, detailing throughout the yacht is refined and contemporary, with features including Hermes leather, pale oak paneling and crisp white linens. 

Rosehearty maintains this luxury on deck. Guests can relax in the shaded aft deck, a stylish lounge area fitted with a state of the art entertainment system, or enjoy al fresco dining on one of the many deck spaces. A custom-made swim platform and spa pool provide even more ways to while away the hours on this elegant sailing yacht.

M/Y Aquavita – the yacht for sun seekers
At 50-metres in length, M/Y Aquavita delivers on outdoor space. An extensive sun deck provides panoramic views and every luxury for sun seekers, including sunpads, bar, gym equipment and spa pool. Additional deck space extends around the entire upper level, and a large shaded space on the main deck provides one of many al fresco dining  spots. 

Two exterior balconies provide a perfect space for private rest and relaxation, and  the addition of an eight foot extension to the bridge deck acts as a swim platform, from which to enjoy Aquavita’s many water toys. 

This sophisticated yacht is stylish as well as spacious, featuring penthouse style décor. Unique qualities include feature lighting, mother of pearl details and coral beading table decorations. 

The clever addition of an elevator from the lower guest deck to the bridge  deck provides ease of access for all guests.

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Diverse Projects gets behind the NZ Millennium Cup

Diverse Projects in conjunction with partners OCEAN Independence have gotten behind the NZ Millennium Cup 

Diverse Projects is proud to be sponsoring the 2015 New Zealand Millennium Cup through its partnership with OCEAN Independence. The regatta, running from the 21 to 23 January is the South Pacific's premier regatta and provides a focal point for the superyacht industry in the region. 

We're proud to announce that, through its association with us, the Millennium Cup will offer a dedicated onsite agent for the first time.

Our experienced agent, Debbie Gribble, gained her experience as a long-term chief stew before coming ashore to lend her skill and expertise ensuring superyacht guests experience the best of New Zealand and the Pacific. Working as part of our lauded Diverse Projects team, in conjunction with OCEAN Independence, Gribble provides all-encompassing shore support with local knowledge and a global outlook. 

She'll be onsite at the Millennium Cup to answer any queries yachts have, from provisioning, to secret spots to take the guests and oganising a dedicated cultural experience on deck. 

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