Columbus Sport Oceanic 70M

by Columbus Yachts / Palumbo Group with G. Vafiadis & Associates

Led by the family that founded it nearly half a century ago, the Palumbo Group has been – and remains – constantly active in the commercial vessel repair and conversion sector, and over three generations it has strengthened its position to become one of the leading companies in the central Mediterranean.

The Palumbo Group’s modern facilities are strategically located with numerous new construction and refit yards at Marseilles in France, Messina in Sicily and Valletta on the island of Malta, as well as central headquarters in Naples. Commercial plans are also afoot for further development of the production facilities and further expansion of types of construction. The same drive led to a focus on the most exclusive luxury yachting sector a few years ago, with the creation of the Columbus Yachts brand in 2008. This new Palumbo Group brand focuses on the production of prestigious motor yachts, with a flawless combination of the group’s technical experience and the aesthetic beauty that comes from the best in Italian style. After the launch of the yard’s first super yacht in 2011, symbolically named Prima, “the first”, to underline the debut of the new brand, 2013 saw the 40S Hybrid take to the water. This was the first hull in the line of the same name, comprising vessels with a hybrid propulsion system. Both vessels were hugely successful for the Italian brand and Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of the Palumbo Group, recently commented: “We have brought our shipping knowledge to yacht-building and created three stunning collections – the Classic, the Explorer and the innovative Sport Hybrid – under the Columbus Yachts brand.” For the moment, the Classic line has two models in lengths of 54 metres and 57 metres, the Explorer line has two models in lengths of 70 metres and 73 metres, and finally the Sport Hybrid line has four models in lengths of 35, 40, 45 and 47 metres. These three lines will soon be joined by another three, showing the ambitious intentions and capacity of the shipyard in the very highest size class. These new lines are the Sport Oceanic line with four models in lengths of 55, 60, 70 and 80 metres, plus a 50 m with the same design but below the 500 GT limit, alongside the Maxi Range with five models in lengths of 80, 90, 107, 120 and 140 metres, and the Liberty line which goes from 25 to 38 metres. Various super yachts are also currently in differing phases of construction at the Columbus Yachts facilities, including the first hull of the Classic 57 metres and the second hull of the Columbus Sport Hybrid 40 metres, both due to be delivered in 2015. In 2016, meanwhile, the first hull of the Columbus Sport Oceanic 70M, part of the line of the same name, is due to be launched and delivered. Palumbo Group CEO Giuseppe Palumbo commented on this important new vessel as follows: “The new Columbus Sport Oceanic 70M, which is currently under construction at our Naples shipyard, has been created in close collaboration with Vafiadis & Associates and will represent an additional line, an entirely forward-oriented, fresh, dynamic cutting-edge stylistic approach to offer to all new clients.” The successful Sport Hybrid line is a tangible demonstration of Columbus Yachts’ focus on eco-friendly technologies, pursuing its clear international market policy of offering its own advanced solutions for a variety of product lines, as Giuseppe Palumbo emphasises: “As in all our Columbus Yachts lines, the environmentally friendly studies had an important impact on design as well as on the project as a whole. Columbus Sport Oceanic is in fact designed to have the hybrid propulsion option among many other environmentally friendly features. The sea is something we need to respect and preserve for future generations. Based on these and other premises, last year Columbus Yachts took part in both the 24th Monaco Yacht Show with yachts in the water and the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where it announced its commercial and production plans for the future. At both events, the Italian shipyard was present with a large stand at which the world preview of the design for the M/Y ‘Columbus Sport Oceanic 70’ was presented to the public. The yacht was created based on a concept by Stefano Inglese Vafiadis, winner of the international ‘Young Designer of the Year’ award, developed together with his father, renowned architect Giorgio Vafiadis, and the employees at their architecture and interior design firm. The design for the Sport Oceanic is aggressive yet sinuous, elegant and charming, the perfect synthesis of a wealth of experience in the world of shipbuilding and the creative enthusiasm of someone who has just joined it. Sharp corners, soft lines and openings almost reminiscent of the mark left by a blade have been sketched out with the specific objective of creating an exclusive, captivating, universally desirable product that will give its owner a unique experience. A good designer should be able to achieve the balancing point where innovation does not drown out classic principles of naval design but rather enhances them with a design that reinterprets a centuries-old practice in innovative, exciting forms. Sometimes the desire to creative something innovative and captivating can lead a designer astray, making the design overly arrogant. With the Sport Oceanic, however, we wanted to create a parallel dialogue, not toppling shipbuilding principles but rather enhancing them to the limit. We worked on the elements of the vessel that could be reimagined and shaken up but with awareness and experience, and the latter has had a major influence on the firm’s long history. The central theme of this new vision was the deconstruction, discussion and plastic nature of simple geometric shapes, which have dominated yacht design to date. A set of lines was therefore devised to create a real physical challenge. The arches connecting the main deck, upper deck and sun deck demonstrate this – it almost feels as though they are not resting on any horizontal element, and as a result they create dynamism and sleekness. Of course Palumbo’s highly skilled technical staff were quick to help me achieve this.” The designers were therefore very successful in achieving their aims, since the result of this preparatory work is a high-performance vessel which is sporty not just in appearance but also in intention: the design reflects a dynamic, quick lifestyle that is attentive to the needs of a dynamic world, but one which knows how to invest time, that increasingly precious resource, in enjoyment.In terms of the yacht’s technical characteristics, she will have a length of 70.60 metres (231 feet 7 inches), a beam of 13.40 metres (43 feet 11 inches), a maximum draught of 3.50 metres (11 feet 5 inches) and a total gross tonnage of 1,267 GT. The engine room is to contain two MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines, each with maximum power of 2,600 BHP / 1,939 kW supplied at 2,450 rpm. With this propulsion set-up, the Sport Oceanic will have a cruising speed of 16.5 knots and a considerable top speed. One of the key options available will be the inclusion of a helicopter landing platform. Meanwhile, the garage with space for six jetskis/waverunners and two main tenders with lengths of 7.5 metres (24 feet 8 inches) will be included as standard, with access possible through two side hatches. The layout has been carefully designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding owners, with huge interior open spaces across three decks, elegantly merging with the numerous external living spaces. Sport Oceanic can accommodate up to 12 guests in five guest staterooms and one master stateroom. There is room for up to 22 crew members, accommodated in 12 crew cabins and one captain’s cabin. The access routes for the personnel and guests are kept separate, with the guest access areas notably including a spectacular circular staircase and an elegant lift connecting all the decks from the lower deck to the flybridge. The flybridge features a panoramic bar, a dining area and a lounge area, behind which there is a hydromassage tub complete with a sunbathing area with sun beds and sun pads. A large swimming pool features in the forward section of the upper deck, with a dining area to aft. Inside, the sky lounge can easily be turned into a home cinema, and this space is served by a bar area and a pantry, as well as a small lobby with a practical day head. A larger lobby is positioned amidships, leading to a panoramic guest stateroom with a double bed and en suite bathroom, and the control area of the vessel which comprises the captain’s office with a desk and bookcase, the captain’s cabin with a double bed and en suite bathroom, and the wheelhouse with pilot’s chairs and small sofas for guests. Moving on to the main deck, the aft section features a lounge area with comfortable small sofas arranged to create an intimate yet breezy space with a spectacular view that can be enjoyed both during the day and at night. Inside, the salon is subdivided by a low vertical feature that creates a filter between the living area and the dining area. This avoids a sharp division that would prevent such full use of the available space. The whole of the shared area is served by the adjacent pantry and a small lobby with a convenient day head. A larger lobby is located amidships, leading to the access corridor for the four guest staterooms, each of which has its own en suite bathroom. Two of the guest staterooms have double beds while the other two have twin beds. Further on, the owner’s suite has an entrance lobby, a walk-in wardrobe, a master stateroom with a double bed, a study area and a relaxation area, as well as a double en suite bathroom with separate his and hers toilet compartments, a hydromassage tub and a shower cubicle. If we head down again to the lower deck, there is a beach area at the stern with a large swimming platform and a huge beach club intended as a wellness and fitness spa, a relaxation space and a fully equipped gym, a massage room, a shower cubicle, a sauna room and a Turkish bath. Amidships, a lobby is positioned beside a functional area that can be fitted out as the owner’s private gym on request, or can be laid out as a private reception area for the owner and guests if they prefer direct access to the water via the tender. The crew quarters are located forward, featuring a galley, an officers’ lounge area and a crew lounge area, as well as a corridor to the 12 crew cabins, each with two bunk beds and an en suite bathroom. Finally, the tank deck includes a laundry, service areas and refrigeration areas.



Jacob Herzog


Columbus Sport Oceanic 70M Technical Specifications

S/structure building materialAluminium alloy
Hull building materialSteel
Hull typeRound bilge with bulb
LOA70.60 m / 18’65’’ ft
LWL61.00 m / 16’11’’ ft at full load
Bmax13.40 m / 3’54’’ ft
Depth amidship6.90 m / 1’82’’ ft
Draught, at full load3.30 m abt at full load
Displacement, Standard1267 t abt
Displacement, Full Load1334 t abt
Owner & Guest 6 Cabins - 12 Berths
Crew Cabins / Berths13 / 25
DomoticBased on Apple devices
Fuel Oil160000 litres – 42,267.53 US gallons
Fresh Water30000 litres – 7,925.162 US gallons
Black & Gray Water30000 litres – 7,925.162 US gallons
Main Engines2 x MTU 16V 4000 M63 2 x 2000 kW @ 1800 rpm
Main Genset2 x 275 kW abt
Emergency Genset1 x 100 kW abt
Desalination typeDesalinator capacity 20000 lt/day.
ThrustersA fixed Bow Thruster, Power abt 170 kW abt.
Stabilizer systemsTwo pair of fins – Underway and Zero Speed
Max continuous speed (100% MCR)18.0 knots
Cruising speed (80% of MCR)16.5 knots
Range3000 Nautical miles at 16.5 knots
ClassificationRina – C, ✠ Hull, ✠ Mach Ych Unrestricted Navigation Compliance LY3
DesignerG. Vafiadis & Associates
BuilderColumbus Yachts / Palumbo Group
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