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Rosetti teams up with Rolls-Royce Marine on 85-meter explorer project

Julia Larikova
November 30, 2017

The first explorer mega-yacht project by the Italian commercial shipbuilder will feature Tommaso Spadolini design and Rolls-Royce architecture and engineering.

Following the announcement that the Italian supplier for oil and gas industry turns its expertise to the superyacht sector, the new Rosetti Marina division unveiled the details of the 85-meter expedition supply vessel concept. 

The hull was developed by Rolls-Royce Marine in Norway to ensure her optimal efficiency and seaworthiness even in heavy weather. The yacht’s architecture allows for “dry” cruising thanks to the narrow-entry bow that reduces sea spray and a high main deck forward that is 12.5 meters above the waterline.

In turn, the yacht’s design is deeply rooted in Rossetti heritage as a commercial-grade vessels manufacturer. 

“This is the most “authentic” yacht I’ve ever designed in my 40-years career”, confessed the boat’s exterior and interior designer, Tommaso Spadolini.  

“A fundamental part of the design process was reviewing the many commercial ships launched by Rosetti to date. These rugged, seaworthy vessels are required to operate around the clock in all weathers, and that DNA has been integrated into the design of the 85-meter expedition concept”, he added.

Although the exterior styling of the expedition yacht is essentially masculine, Spadolini’s signature strip glazing makes for the overall elegance of the boat’s profile.

The project will be offered to customers in two alternative deck arrangements, with central or aft helicopter landing pad. However, the aft helipad offers certain practical advantages. For instance, a sailing yacht can be stowed amidships without effecting helicopter operations.

The portside garage on the lower deck has space for two tenders and various personal watercrafts, while the MOB tender has it’s own covered bay on the foredeck.

The interior layout is focused on the owner’s comfort, with a full-beam open-plan master suite and private spaces on the upper deck forward, featuring a lounge, study, and own access to the open foredeck with pool. Another salon aft can serve as a media room or a sky lounge. The main deck houses four double guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms. The lower deck and part of the main deck are reserved for the crew of up to 12 members. The technical areas are located on the bridge deck, and that’s where the captain’s cabin is situated as well.

Rosetti's 85m flagship measures 2.200 GT and is equipped with Rolls-Royce engineering, power electric system, and propulsion units. Four MTU 16V 4000 engines will be combined with Rolls-Royce patented azimuthing pulling propellers, allowing for a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. Apart from low drag and high hydrodynamic efficiency, Azipull technology ensures the boat’s agility, fuel efficiency, and course keeping.   

Rosetti Superyachts aims to deliver luxury superyachts, long-range supply vessels and expedition yachts of up to 150 meters in length. The division carries out its activities at San Vitale shipyard, which is strategically located in Ravenna Harbour and features a total area of 64.700 square meters.