by Abeking & Rasmussen, Bannenberg & Rowell Design and Donald Starkey Designs

Kaiser, the prestigious, exclusive creation by Abeking & Rasmussen, has now taken to the water to join the other vessels fully designed and built by the legendary German shipyard over a history dating back over a century: 6,500 vessels, all rigorously catalogued and documented in the extensive A&R Yard Number Register.

Kaiser is a truly special ship, starting with a rather unusual, if not altogether unique, coincidence.

This luxurious yacht was built by a German shipyard, given a German name and a German interior style. But this unusual circumstance was not at all the result of a determined German Owner, as one might imagine. Instead, this was a conscious decision made by an Eastern European Owner enamoured of German high quality, German efficiency and German reliability.

The main dimensional and technical data

Bearing A&R Hull Number 6482 and based on naval architecture produced in-house by Abeking & Rasmussen, Kaiser is built in high-resistance steel for the hull and light aluminium alloy for the superstructure. The vessel meets the classification standards of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRoS) and the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). In terms of size, Kaiser has a total length of 60.00 metres, equivalent to 197 feet 0 inches, a length at the waterline of 51.85 metres, equivalent to 169 feet 6 inches, and a total beam of 10.70 metres, equivalent to 35 feet 1 inch, while the maximum draft of the hull is 3.50 metres, equivalent to 11 feet 6 inches. Kaiser has a displacement hull with a tunnel bow thruster 630 millimetres / 25 inches in diameter, operated by a 125-kW electric motor.

The hull is also equipped with a Quantum Marine Zero Speed stabilisation system, operational both at sea and at anchor, with stabilisers configured as a pair of lateral non-retractable active fins and with an electro-hydraulically controlled drive system. Kaiser’s engine room contains two Caterpillar CAT 3516 Di-TTA B rating V16 diesel engines, each with a total cylinder capacity of 69 litres, equivalent to 4,210 cubic inches, and maximum power of 1,880 BHP, equivalent to 1,400 bkW, supplied at 1,600 rpm. Coupled to the ZF BW 466 G (ZF 4661) reduction gearboxes, the two engines are connected via stainless steel transmission shafts to the pair of fixed-pitch five-blade propellers. In terms of performance, Kaiser has a top speed of 16 knots and can maintain a cruising speed of 14 knots.

At cruising speed, the yacht has a range of 4,000 nautical miles, partly thanks to the fuel tanks which have a capacity of 112,000 litres, equivalent to 29,630 US gallons. For their part, the freshwater tanks have a capacity of 28,000 litres, equivalent to 7,408 US gallons, supplied by a desalination plant producing 15,000 litres, equivalent to 3,968 US gallons, per day. The waste water and sewage tanks have a capacity of 12,000 litres, equivalent to 3,175 US gallons, and are equipped with a waste water treatment plant, while the lubricating oil tanks have a capacity of 3,000 litres, equivalent to 794 US gallons, and the waste lubricating oil tanks also have a capacity of 3,000 litres, equivalent to 794 US gallons. Three tri-phase 230/400 V 50-Hz generators have also been installed on board Kaiser, all based on Caterpillar diesel generator motors: the two main generators are 6-cylinder in-line models from the CAT 3406 C Di-TA series, each with cylinder capacity of 14.6 litres, equivalent to 893 cubic inches, and each producing 240 ekW / 300 kVA at 1,500 rpm.

The emergency generator is a 4-cylinder in-line model from the CAT 3304 B Di-T series, with cylinder capacity of 4.4 litres, equivalent to 269 cubic inches, producing 85 ekW / 105 kVA at 1,500 rpm.

The new Kaiser’s technical gear includes two electrically driven Steen vertical anchor capstans and two electrically driven Steen vertical mooring capstans; an electrohydraulic accommodation ladder with self-levelling steps in the bulwark on the starboard side; and an electro-hydraulic gangway 5 metres / 16’6” in length on the starboard side in the transom. Kaiser’s equipment also includes two Seadoo jet skis laid up in the open on the fore deck technical area, and a service and rescue rib tender 4.20 metres / 13’9” in length laid up in the open on the sun deck aft terrace. Kaiser’s two main tenders are laid up in the stern garage with foldaway hatch in the transom, one by Yachtwerft Meyer, with a length of 7.50 metres / 24’6”, and the other by Pascoe, with a length of 6.90 metres / 22’6”. [...]

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