116m Explorer Yacht Ulysses Nearing Completion

The 116 metre Kleven explorer yacht Ulysses is gradually emerging from her fit-out stage at German yard Dörries Maritime.

Due for delivery before the end of the year, this five-deck yacht is the second to be built by the Norwegian yard and fitted out in Bremerhaven after the 107 metre Ulysses, which was delivered last year and sold last month.

The new Ulysses is almost 10 metres longer than her predecessor and is built on the yard’s existing MT 5006 MKII ESV platform. The naval architecture is courtesy of Norwegian design house Marin Teknikk, while Kyle Dick of New Zealand-based Oscar Mike Naval Architects created the exterior lines.

What’s more, it is understood that Oscar Mike collaboration with British studio RWD on her interiors and she will boast a fully-certified superyacht helipad. Ulysses has been specially designed for long expeditions in potentially rough waters and Kleven has said it blends a robust, hard-working character with luxurious added extras.

Her huge 18 metre beam will accommodate 66 people in a spacious interior that will include features from a number of premium suppliers like Rolls-Royce, Hareid Group, Jets and Sperre.

“Drawing on our extensive experience in building complex offshore vessels, this new vessel type serves as a great example of how close cooperation within the Norwegian maritime cluster brings the industry forward and into new markets,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.

The owner has been closely in touch with Kleven throughout the process so far and has visited the yard a number of times. “I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organisations have worked together to bring this exciting project to life,” he said.

Other commercial yards that have branched out into the superyacht sphere recently include Vard, which is building the 81.7 metre Kilkea on spec, and Ulstein Verft, which signed a contract to build an 88.5 metre Espen Øino-designed explorer yacht in November 2016.