HARLINGEN – Icon Yachts, the Dutch shipyard that turns commercial vessels into gleaming explorer superyachts, has won an order to convert an offshore support vessel into an expedition yacht.

The order, signed at the Monaco Yacht Show, is the first project for Swiss businessman Micca Ferrero, Icon Yachts’ new CEO, who recently acquired a majority stake in the Dutch yard on the Netherlands’ north shore.

Icon Yachts will convert the 66m (217ft) Ocean Ness, an offshore support vessel that the Norwegian yard of Kleven built in 2001.

Icon is lengthening the vessel by 4 meters and giving it a completely new look. The conversion retains 95% of the vessel’s original platform and superstructure. There will be room for 12 guests; two VIP cabins and three double cabins are located on the main deck. The owner’s 135 sq. m (1453 sq. ft) is three decks higher. There will be room for 19 crew.

An oversized garage can be used to store expedition “toys,” such as submarines and tenders, and to launch them with cranes on either side. The fully certified helipad can also serve as an entertainment platform, with more than 200 square meters of outdoor space. The main salon has deck-to-ceiling windows.

Project-Ragnar (Ph. Guy Fleury Photography)

Last year, icon Yachts delivered the spectacular conversion project Ragnar, a 68m (223 ft) expedition yacht, previously known as Sanaborg, an offshore support vessel with icebreaker features built in 2012.

Project Master’s owner wants a family-oriented luxury vessel suitable for cruising around the world. To make it also suited for charters, facilities such as a jacuzzi, spa, fully equipped gym and sauna will be added.

Hybrid bow thrusters will replace the mechanically driven Rolls Royce stern thrusters with Power Take Ins (PTIs). This configuration will allow conversion to full diesel-electric propulsion at a later stage. The top speed is 14 knots, and the autonomous range is 6,000 miles.