July 19 2018
Some people dream of gorgeous tropical paradises, others prefer heading to stunning landscapes in the Arcticor Antarctica and explore uncontaminated nature or enjoy breathtaking views. And it’s just from the dream of sailing around the Antarctica continent – a lifelong dream for many owners – that the idea of NEMO ICE, a 50m megayacht with a gross tonnage of 499 GT, really started.
The NEMO 50 ICE – to be built in compliance with the requirements of the Ice Class rules – will feature an extreme, technical design as designer Fulvio de Simoni wanted to emphasize the very DNA of the French brand. The concept, design and construction criteria of this vessel exquisitely mirror the spirit of the Ocea Shipyard, whose core business is the design and construction of military ships. Thus, one can guess why half of the pleasure boats designed by Ocea so far, have just sailed around the globe and crossed all oceans.
The NEMO ICE has been conceived to brave the seas at high altitudes while searching for unique landscapes or lifetime adventures. An ideal yacht to explore places of pure magic, such as the Drake Channel or the Cuverville Island with its dark rockymountains or the astonishing Danco Island, just to name a few. Every detail has been carefully designed to ensurethat guests will enjoy a comfortable stay for very long periods of time and to optimize navigation also under extreme conditions. By way of example, tenders, rigid-hulled inflatable boats or landing crafts can be launched and recovered by using dedicated handling equipment: as a matter of fact, the NEMO ICE‘s davits are exactly the same as those installed on the brand’s military ships to handle landing crafts h24 in full safety.
This concept features an important design solution, a technical area located forward on the “raised deck”, also intended to accommodate the hiking equipment: the planking level in this area, which communicates directly with the Main Saloon, is less than one meter above waterline to ensure that guests can access the tenders quickly and safely. Also, a preferred open-air area for guests who can enjoy it while being sheltered from bad weather.
Engine room is a spacious, well ventilated area. There, every component, apparatus and equipment can be easily accessed for emergency repair by the technical staff. A 6 sq.mt fully-equipped workshop and a control room fitted with all the remote-control systems needed to operate the vessel’s key systems also in “manual mode”, are available. Both the workshop and the control room are directly connected to the crew accommodations through a central passageway in the Lower Deck, in order not only to maximize the crew’s efficiency and convenience but also to enhance the guests’ comfort and privacy.
The shafts are integrated into dedicated structural skegs, which will protect them, along with the propellers and the two rudders, should the hull hit an iceberg or partially submerged objects – this type of construction being a typical feature of all the yachts Ocea has built so far.
The guests’ accommodation area has been designed in order to maximize guests’ comfort during long stays on board: the owner’s apartment – a full-width design covering the fore portion of the Main Deck – houses a private lounge which can be used either as a relaxation corner or as a study area, should one need working aboard. There is a sizeable bathroom where even a large sauna can be incorporated, if needed.
The living spaces are also very spacious and thought to maximize comfort during long stays, as evidenced by the large open-space on Main Deck amidships.
When travelling to far-off or unexplored lands, the crew plays a crucial role. That’s why they have large, efficient and comfortable spaces. As any crew sailing across the oceans is made up of expert people – whether highly qualified technical personnel or explorers – their accommodations need to be designed and arranged with their duties in mind.
Ocea is currently building several military ships: the longest one – 85m – will be the largest vessel entirely in aluminium ever built for military purposes. Aluminium is just one feature of the Ocea brand’s yachts – a brand which is increasingly attracting world-wide customers and seafarers searching for new adventures.