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Posted by Mark D. | 05/07/2010 @ 09:15 | Reply
Great photo - and a very attractive yacht.
Posted by Christian | 05/05/2010 @ 10:00 | Reply

Hot news, a picture of Orca which just passed by my house.
Posted by Philippe | 04/30/2010 @ 23:00 | Reply
Here a video of Eclipse's sea trials :
Posted by NOK | 06/13/2009 @ 13:00 | Reply

A profile, giving a good idea of the size of the yacht!
Posted by yeti444 | 06/12/2009 @ 15:00 | Reply
An article with pictures :
Posted by Yachtspotter | 06/12/2009 @ 14:10 | Reply

And another picture. Thank you very much Yoo. The news was reported by Thorsten few minutes ago also. Thanks to him too! The proportions are very good. And it seems that she will be completed in time for early 2010.
Posted by Yoo | 06/12/2009 @ 14:05 | Reply

Another picture, long and high, light grey.
Posted by Yoo | 06/12/2009 @ 14:00 | Reply

News of the day : Eclipse is out! She left her shed at 9h31 at Kuhwerder Hafen.
Posted by Philipp | 02/25/2009 @ 13:20 | Reply
It seems that two new 90-100m contract will come soon for Blohm & Voss. One for early 2010 (project Storm) and one for middle 2010 starting :
Posted by Jacques | 01/31/2009 @ 13:00 | Reply
Could be Eclipse :
Posted by Bengt | 12/02/2008 @ 23:30 | Reply

Please find enclosed an image taken at night of Mayan Queen in Stavanger Harbour.
Posted by Bengt | 12/02/2008 @ 15:20 | Reply
Mayan Queen just entered Stavanger Harbour, Norway today at 15:20.
Posted by Paul Walter | 12/02/2008 @ 12:50 | Reply
Mayan Queen was delievered Sunday evening and left Hamburg for Stavanger, Norway.
Posted by David R. | 07/04/2008 @ 09:15 | Reply

...making the city the yacht's first visit.
Posted by David R. | 07/04/2008 @ 09:10 | Reply

A arrived in Kristiansand Thursday July 3.
Posted by Cwhitedesign | 07/03/2008 @ 09:15 | Reply

A close-up of the bathing-platform/passerelle of A.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 06/27/2008 @ 13:50 | Reply
The yacht was supposed to be delivered a couple of days ago.
Posted by Michael H. | 06/27/2008 @ 13:45 | Reply

A recent picture of A.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 06/23/2008 @ 12:00 | Reply
New pictures during the day...
Posted by Paul Walter | 06/17/2008 @ 14:20 | Reply

Some photos I took few moments ago.
Posted by Paul Walter | 06/17/2008 @ 14:15 | Reply

Mayan Queen is on seatrials!
Posted by NOK | 06/04/2008 @ 21:20 | Reply

A profile...
Posted by Yachtspotter | 06/04/2008 @ 21:15 | Reply
Beautiful pictures Paul, thank you very much. According to what I heard, the new project is named Orca.
Posted by Paul Walter | 06/04/2008 @ 21:10 | Reply

A new casco was shifted from a temporary hall to the covered dock occupied by Mayan Queen for the last two years. She has similar dimensions like Mayan Queen.
Posted by Paul Walter | 06/04/2008 @ 21:05 | Reply

Talitha G left the drydock and is at the outfitting pier next to her four funnels, the two old ones and the slightly smaller new pair.
Posted by Paul Walter | 06/04/2008 @ 21:00 | Reply

After the launch of Mayan Queen two weeks ago more things happened at B&V. Nahlin is now in drydock. A temporary hall will be build on it.
Posted by Michael H. | 05/26/2008 @ 23:05 | Reply
SF99 is out for sea trials off Kiel harbour today again. The funnels (we saw that since a few days) are golden covered now. On the stern (left) the name and the home harbour are covererd. The home harbour name seems to be short. The cover for the name is a triangle. If I should guess, I would say : Sigma, your name will be "A".
Posted by Yachtspotter | 05/23/2008 @ 20:00 | Reply

And a last one for tonight. Nice pictures Yoo, thank you very much!
Posted by Yoo | 05/23/2008 @ 18:35 | Reply

Her profile.
Posted by Yoo | 05/23/2008 @ 18:30 | Reply

Two new pictures...
Posted by Jacques | 05/23/2008 @ 09:20 | Reply
Yes, not a surprise. The "B" on the mast is the proof. This "B" was on the former Mayan Queens.
Posted by NOK | 05/23/2008 @ 09:15 | Reply
Thanks to AIS : IMO 1009479, callsign ZCXC8, and then her name should be Mayan Queen IV (not a surprise...).
Posted by Yoo | 05/23/2008 @ 09:10 | Reply

Another one...
Posted by Fatboy | 05/23/2008 @ 09:00 | Reply
Sigma is out of the shed again.
Posted by Yoo | 05/22/2008 @ 09:20 | Reply

Out of Baudock 12 in "Kuhwerder Hafen", Blohm & Voss. Yesterday, 6 p.m.
Posted by Yoo | 05/22/2008 @ 09:15 | Reply

Safari enters daylight first time.
Posted by Philipp | 05/22/2008 @ 09:00 | Reply
Safari was launched yesterday evening :
Posted by Paul Walter | 05/18/2008 @ 20:00 | Reply

Exclusive : B&V this afternoon, attached is a first impression of the project Safari.
Posted by NOK | 05/16/2008 @ 23:30 | Reply
The project Safari will be put in the water on the 21st of this month. Here is a link of a photographer that took snaps last week :
Posted by Fatboy | 04/09/2008 @ 20:40 | Reply
I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Blohm & Voss yachts, like SF99 (Sigma), Eclipse, Safari, M-147. By the way, I talked to a ThyssenKrupp guy at a student's information fair, and he said M-147 will be 147m long and is currently under construction. So M-147 and Eclipse will definetely be two different ships!
Posted by Ivar | 03/18/2008 @ 11:20 | Reply
I really hope to see this yacht in real. I think it is difficult to estimate the size from the pictures. The hull is so "simple" with few openings, that I have problems realizing how big she actually is. But it is a progressive and interesting design. Not every designer is able to make interesting or good designs on very different objects, but Philippe Starck seems to be one of them...
Posted by Dan D. | 03/17/2008 @ 12:50 | Reply
Looks like a photo contest winner!
Posted by Carl G. | 03/14/2008 @ 12:40 | Reply

SF99 coming back from her sea trials yesterday.
Posted by Johan | 03/11/2008 @ 15:50 | Reply
While I haven't yet decided wether I think she is beautiful or not, I have to say that Carl's nice photos of her underway shows that she has a certain elegance and gracefulness which is quite rare among new yachts.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 03/11/2008 @ 15:10 | Reply
Thank you Carl. Two conjectures are confirmed on this picture, the foremast can be lowered, like the little roofs of the stern (to hide the technical parts). Both systems should work hydraulically.
Posted by Carl G. | 03/11/2008 @ 15:05 | Reply

Another one...
Posted by Carl G. | 03/11/2008 @ 15:00 | Reply

SF99 under sea trials yesterday !
Posted by Johan | 03/10/2008 @ 16:10 | Reply
There is an interview with Philippe Starck in Yachts International about his designs in general, but he also says a little about Sigma (even though she is just referred to as the"394-footer"). He says that the interior is like a loft with no corridors, but lot of open spaces and that Martin Francis was involved in the hull design, which should produce almost no wake at 25 knots. The tenders are Starck-designed too. Read the interview here :

He also mentions a secret project with Martin Francis and a 246 foot project whose build yard have not been selected yet.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 03/10/2008 @ 16:05 | Reply
Good question Gork. You could be right, I don't see other hatch on the stern. But it's hard to say, we didn't see high resolution pictures of her stern for the moment.
Posted by Gork | 03/10/2008 @ 12:45 | Reply
Just a question. Where is the gangway? Is it the stern platform?
Posted by Jacques | 03/10/2008 @ 12:20 | Reply
The holes on the left side of the stern are certainly for the future name! Also note the black foremast.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 03/10/2008 @ 12:00 | Reply
Thanks to Michael, he just sent us a picture of her stern. This "SF99" seems to be temporary.

Another interesting detail is these small "roofs" above the technical areas of the stern. It seems they are hydraulically raised, to hide these parts and create a clean stern when closed. A good idea, already seen on other yachts, but for the foredeck.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 03/10/2008 @ 11:45 | Reply
She's under sea trials off Kiel harbour today. The name SF99 is on the stern, but it could be a temporary stikers...
Posted by Michael H. | 03/10/2008 @ 11:35 | Reply

Another one...
Posted by Michael H. | 03/10/2008 @ 11:30 | Reply

Sunny pictures...
Posted by cwhitedesign | 03/02/2008 @ 12:55 | Reply
Sorry Fatboy, but I must correct this. A friend of me was in the dock while Sigma was in her shed. He told me that there are two Pod drives under the hull, and generators! I think on this photo it is an early test model for a model basin test. He also told me that there is a very large party hall in the aft of the ship which is connected with the big bathing platform.
Posted by Fatboy | 03/01/2008 @ 15:00 | Reply
On this photo, you see a conventional two propeller propulsion system, two normal flap rudders, two shafts with a "V-" and an "I-" shaft bracket on each side. Furthermore, you can clearly see that there is no bulbous bow. Except this, the underwater shape of the ship is very conventional. This shows : never trust the media (who tend to report about pod-drives and missile detection systems ;-).
Posted by NOK | 03/01/2008 @ 13:30 | Reply
If you go to the Martin Francis designer website and then go to the heading "studio" you will note a grey model of the B&V Sigma project hanging from the wooden beams! Link :
Posted by Fatboy | 02/21/2008 @ 16:00 | Reply
Here you can see the manoevering trials of Sigma. The link guides you to a time lapse movie where you can see the HDW yard in the background. On this site there are some other cams where you can see Sigma :
Posted by Jacques | 02/21/2008 @ 12:20 | Reply
Yes Marc, I'm not surprised by your message. Yachtspotter said it on the card of Wedge Too : "Wedge Too will remain forever a Starck, without compromise : some will love her, some will hate her". And I think it's the same for SF99. I wasn't a fan, but I'm starting to change my mind...
Posted by Marc | 02/21/2008 @ 11:30 | Reply
Yes, she is impressive in size, and yes we learn a new thing : P. Starck shouldn't design yachts. It's a monster.
Posted by gushl | 02/20/2008 @ 18:05 | Reply
Do you think the funnels will stay grey, or is it a protective coating, à la Predator?
Posted by Michael H. | 02/20/2008 @ 16:30 | Reply

A sunny picture...
Posted by Yachtspotter | 02/20/2008 @ 16:00 | Reply
Thanks Cwd, this yacht is really impressive. We learn a new thing, we clearly see the wheelhouse at the first level of the superstructure. Another detail, the engines always run since yesterday, the funnels smoke on every pictures.
Posted by cwhitedesign | 02/20/2008 @ 11:30 | Reply

Her profile...
Posted by cwhitedesign | 02/20/2008 @ 11:25 | Reply

She cruised only a few meters up and down in front of HDW.
Posted by cwhitedesign | 02/20/2008 @ 11:20 | Reply

Some pictures taken from the other side.
Posted by Carl G. | 02/18/2008 @ 18:40 | Reply

General view...
Posted by Carl G. | 02/18/2008 @ 18:35 | Reply

Her mast...
Posted by Carl G. | 02/18/2008 @ 18:30 | Reply

Sigma today! Her stern...
Posted by Castlerock | 02/18/2008 @ 15:00 | Reply
Sigma is out of the shed again!
Posted by matt1 | 01/07/2008 @ 12:15 | Reply
I would like to comment on some things about project SF99, I have just finished working on her : she is 123 meters long, the holes around the windows are for water jets to keep the glass area clean from salt spray, she has a forward heli pad and wave/wind deflectors on the foredeck.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 01/04/2008 @ 12:35 | Reply
Her card is online. For the moment I use her original length. You're welcome to revise it if you learn something new :
Posted by Andy Lindy | 01/04/2008 @ 11:20 | Reply
As for Sigma's propulsion package I don't have any first hand information (and if I had, I wouldn't tell). On the other hand I know from what has been written in media the last couple of years that Blohm+Voss wanted to implement what is called CODAG-WARP (meaning Combined Diesel and Gas Turbine, Waterjet and Refined Propellers) in yachtbuilding. This drive concept has been developed by B+V for naval shipbuilding - particularly for the Meko family of corvettes and frigates. It's possible that Sigma will be the first B+V/HDW megayacht with a CODAG-WARP propulsion system but this awaits confirmation.
Posted by Castlerock | 01/04/2008 @ 10:30 | Reply
Nice pictures!! I was looking at the detail of the funnels and it appears that she may have turbines for main power. It looks like there are two large exhausts, like on EcstaSea. Anybody want to weigh in with an opinion or maybe some first hand information?
Posted by Yachtspotter | 01/03/2008 @ 20:30 | Reply
Is it possible that Sigma was lengthened to accommodate an helipad in aft position? On the original design the helipad was on the top of the superstructure. But the design of the funnels was changed...
Posted by Yachtspotter | 01/03/2008 @ 18:00 | Reply
I think that the wheelhouse is on first deck, where the windows are covered. Above the windows there are little plugs, which could be for wipers. There are also smaller plugs on the second deck, but they are all around and I think they are for a future rail (to clean the windows...).
Posted by Jacques | 01/03/2008 @ 17:15 | Reply
My God! A strange feeling... I don't know if I like or I hate this... The first part is interesting, the stern looks unfinished and bulky. I would like to see her from the aft, I think she looks like a square building on the water. I will wait for giving a definitive judgement...
Posted by Martin H. | 01/03/2008 @ 17:00 | Reply
For those who want to get some more information on "Sigma", check out :
There are some pretty good news on SF99.

Rumours say a well known Russian ordered this stunning yacht which looks very much like a combat ship of the US Navy Zumwalt-Klasse! Check this :
Posted by Yachtspotter | 01/03/2008 @ 15:25 | Reply
Hard to say indeed. Starck always talked about 120 metres in his interviews. The inverted bow doesn't give a good idea of the real length. And she's also very "high", she has two massive funnels above, and also a large mast...
Posted by Christo303 | 01/03/2008 @ 15:20 | Reply
Really impressive. What do you think : 130 m ? Looks smaller to me but with such a design, it's hard to tell.
Posted by Carl G. | 01/03/2008 @ 15:15 | Reply

A general view...
Posted by Yachtspotter | 01/03/2008 @ 15:10 | Reply

The stern seems lengthened in comparison to the original design. There are three garages for the tenders, one of them is very large!
Posted by Yachtspotter | 01/03/2008 @ 15:05 | Reply

Thank you very much Carl, nice pictures as usual!
Posted by Carl G. | 01/03/2008 @ 15:00 | Reply

The yacht sensation of the year!
Posted by Yachtspotter | 01/03/2008 @ 13:20 | Reply
Thanks to Michael, 2008 is starting very well for the Spotters! She's impressive, really large. It will be interesting to follow her during her sea trials. I'm curious to see her in a bad weather...
Posted by Max881 | 01/03/2008 @ 13:15 | Reply
Thanks, one more time the first to share pictures! What a yacht, beautiful line, amazing bow...
Posted by Leveller | 01/03/2008 @ 13:10 | Reply
I have seen the picture. And I stay with my commentary : she looks like the helmet of Darth Vader! Thanks to Michael for the pic.
Posted by Michael H. | 01/03/2008 @ 13:00 | Reply

Urgent : Sigma (SF 99) is out!
Posted by Yachtspotter | 12/29/2007 @ 21:00 | Reply

Thyssen Krupp (HDW yard) opened the doors of the shed in Kiel yesterday. The superstructure of the project SF99 Sigma is visible. I thank Carl Groll (picture on the left) and Michael H. (picture on the right) for their help !
Posted by Yachtspotter | 11/30/2007 @ 17:30 | Reply
Just read an interview of Philippe Starck. He had some words about the project Sigma. First thing, he gives her the name "M" in the article. Her hull has still an inverted bow, a length of 120 metres, three pools, a very large garage for the tenders. About the layout, it will have few staterooms (!), each ones with large dimensions, few divisions (maybe like a loft) to "be in harmony with the sea, and not a fortress to protect passengers against wild elements". We also learn that Martin Francis is responsible of the naval architecture.
Posted by Paul Walter | 02/09/2007 @ 10:00 | Reply

Lady Moura left the drydock at Blohm & Voss this morning and went on seatrials. One visible modification is a new permanent awning above the aft deck.
Posted by Paul Walter | 11/07/2006 @ 10:50 | Reply
Lady Moura is in a drydock and they covered her completely for repaint. Most likely she will stay until February.
Posted by Paul Walter | 09/08/2006 @ 10:30 | Reply
Le Grand Bleu is on the way to Blohm & Voss!
Posted by Andy | 07/06/2006 @ 13:15 | Reply
300ft is approx 91m, so I guess that it is one and the same.
Posted by Maarten | 07/05/2006 @ 18:00 | Reply
I read in another article that he ordered a 90m from B&V...
Posted by Andy | 07/05/2006 @ 00:30 | Reply
Was back in England today and picked up of the Sun newspaper (I know not a very reliable source!). Article in taken from German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche (I haven't heard of it, and not sure how reliable), stating that Lakshmi Mittal has just placed an order with B&V for a 300ft yacht with walk in fridge, cinema, glass cocktail bar and helipad etc. For completion in 2009 at a cost of ?120m.
Posted by Philipp | 06/09/2006 @ 15:00 | Reply
Blohm & Voss received a new yacht contract. The yacht should be build in Hamburg and it is expected that this will be the reason for a 90m + size !!! Michael Leach Design in London will make the exterior. She will be delivered in 2009 (according to a German newspaper).
Posted by Paul Walter | 02/08/2006 @ 11:10 | Reply
Golden Shadow left Blohm & Voss this morning. Most likely she will follow her mothership to Nice, France.
Lady Anne is still in a drydock.
Posted by Yachtspotter | 02/01/2006 @ 23:20 | Reply
Absolutely Leveller! That's one of her multiple names.
Posted by Leveller | 02/01/2006 @ 23:15 | Reply
On the new Blohm & Voss homepage is a list of the yachts they built. In the second list ( is a ship named Panhandle (built 1998), is this Project Platinum?
Posted by Philipp | 02/01/2006 @ 15:10 | Reply
Check the new Blohm & Voss homepage :
There is a video from Crystal Ball available!
Posted by Paul Walter | 01/24/2006 @ 11:30 | Reply
Golden Odyssey left Blohm & Voss today and after some seatrials off the German coast tommorrow morning she will sail directly to Nice. There are no visible changes from the outside. Golden Shadow is still at the shipyard.
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