Following a successful keel laying ceremony on 20 February 2019 in Kiel, Nobiskrug announced that 77-metre M/Y Black Shark is taking shape and remains on track to meet its scheduled delivery in spring 2021.
The ceremony took place at Nobiskrug’s keel laying premises in Kiel. Holger Kahl, Managing Director of the company, delivered a welcome speech to the guests, followed by an address by Evgeniy Kochman, Chief Executive of Imperial, the company that acted as the broker for the sale of Project BLACK SHARK and continues its work as owner’s representative and construction supervisor throughout the build.
Imperial had already collaborated with the German yard on another 70+ meters yacht.
“We are pleased to team up again with our esteemed partners at Nobiskrug,” said Mr. Kochman. “Project Black Shark is a major milestone for Imperial on several aspects: the very first Imperial vessel designed in close collaboration with Winch Design and Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, and the very first publicized superyacht project from keel laying to delivery. With Project Black Shark, together with Nobiskrug, we want to give a clearer understanding of our industry and on how exclusive creations are coming to life.”
In addition to the actual positioning and fixing of the laying section of the keel itself, the ceremony also involves the traditional insertion of the coin, which sees the owner placing a special coin under the keel. As a symbol of the start of the work, it is also a good luck charm that will be returned to the owner when the work is completed.
The superyacht will feature a reverse bow, two tenders, an on-deck whirlpool, three interior decks, a beach club, and a spa area. Black Shark was built under the new IMO Tier 3 regulations and Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A.
“With two remarkable teams of designers and an experienced superyacht management company, we are truly excited to realize this bespoke project,” said Holger Kahl. “With that in mind, we have decided to open our doors and give exclusive behind-the-scenes access. The build process is often cloaked in darkness and secrecy, so on this occasion, we are enormously happy to be able to share our