89m Explorer yacht Olivia O goes undercover in Malta

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Oliva O, the 88.5-metre explorer project built partly in Croatia and completed to a technical standard by Ulstein in Norway, arrived in Malta at the end of the summer season and is now hauled out at the Palumbo Shipyard where she will undergo final outfitting.

Olivia O is the first private superyacht to be built by Ulstein Verft, a commercial shipyard based in Norway with its own design department.

The yacht was seen being covered by a fully-enclosed temporary shed that indicates she might receive her final coat of exterior paint and detailing touches over the coming winter months, and that the next time Oliva O is to make an appearance will be on her official launch day as a completed vessel.

Oliva O is the work of superyacht designer Espen Oeino who created a new breed of explorer yacht based on Ulstein’s tested X-Bow platform that has been extensively developed for offshore use in gruelling conditions.

With an immense volume of 3,800 GT, Olivia O will be the largest yacht in her size range once completed and carry impressive features such as a commercial-rated helicopter platform, 10-metre pool on the main deck and a raised full-beam tender garage located amidships that can be operated even under heavy swell conditions.

Founded in 1917, Ulstein Verft’s main focus is on ferries, service vessels for offshore energy, cruise ships and other commercial craft. But, the launch of Olivia O reflects a growing trend for private explorer yachts to be built at traditionally more commercial shipyards.

For superyacht Olivia O, styling and general arrangement from esteemed yacht designer Espen Oeino were also required. Information on her facilities and accommodation have, however, remained firmly under wraps.

Oeino has experience of designing other expedition yachts, including Abeking & Rasmussen’s 72m/237ft superyacht Cloudbreak which, launched in 2016, is available for charter.