Lloyd’s Register’s reputation as class leader of the superyacht industry received yet more global acclaim at this month’s 2015 World Superyacht Awards with 10 out of the 18 award-winning vessels classed or built under LR class.
The blue ensign for motor-yachts at this year’s event in Amsterdam went to Grace E (pictured below), aptly complying with the Red Ensign Group’s Large Yacht Code and Lloyd’s Register’s rules for superyachts. With a cruising speed of 14 knots, a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a range of 8,637 nautical miles from her 185,000 litre fuel tanks, the vessel has the yacht aficionado’s ideal blend of performance and luxury.
Top prize in the ultra-large motor yachts category went to the 95.2-metre-long Kismet, classed by LR and built by Lürssen, while Heesen Yachts’ LR classed MySky won the award for 500gt plus vessels. Another Heesen vessel, Elena, which is also LR classed, clinched the prestigious Neptune trophy in the 44m plus (and under 500gt) category, while Delta Marine’s Onika won the prize for 30m-43.99m-long yachts.
In the ultra-large sailing yachts category, the Royal Huisman and Hoek Design partnership did the double with their 47.6m-long Wisp winning the most points, closely followed by their superyacht Elfje. Both yachts are LR classed.
Among other notable winners of the coveted awards was Feadship's two-deck motor yacht Lady May (formerly Como and, once again, classed by LR) which took top prize in the Semi-displacement & Planing category.
In the refit category, LR again featured with a prize for the motor yacht Amore Mio II. The Voyager’s Award went to another LR classed project, the converted tug, Arctic P, and what the judges referred to as its "daring and adventurous trips".
"I felt very proud to see that more than half of the awards went to LR classed yachts, yet again demonstrating our role as leading classification society in the global yacht industry," said Lloyd’s Register’s Yacht Segment Manager, Engeljan de Boer.
- Latest figures from the Superyacht Intelligence database show that Lloyd’s Register classes just over 40 per cent of the world’s fleet of yachts (in terms of gross tonnage [gt]) exactly double the percentage of the second-placed classification society.