Production is forging ahead at an intense rate at the shipyard of Kingship Marine, a company whose head office is in Hong Kong and whose shipyard facilities are in Zhong Shan, in the Chinese province of Guang Dong, where Kingship carries out every stage of the construction process for semi-custom and fully custom motor yachts. Having featured the innovative Kingship Green Voyager 144’ in issue 14 of Yacht Première, with its characteristic modern lines and advanced hybrid propulsion system to ensure lower management costs and reduced environmental impact, the current issue of Yacht Première now features the new Kingship 156’, which stands out for its contemporary look, inspired by the lines of classic gentleman’s yachts.
The main dimensional and technical data
Bearing project code P 191 and based on naval architecture and engineering by Azure Naval Architects, Kingship 156’ has been produced using steel for the hull and aluminium for the superstructure. The new vessel complies with the classification rules of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRoS) for Maltese Cross 100 A1, SSC, YACHT, MONO, G6, LMC, CCS, and SCM, as well as the requirements of the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) LY-2 Code of Practice for Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels. In terms of dimensions, the new Kingship 156’ has a total length of 47.50 metres, equivalent to 155 feet 10 inches, a length at the water line of 46.80 metres, equivalent to 153 feet 6 inches, a total beam of
8.70 metres, equivalent to 28 feet 6 inches, and a moulded beam of 8.10 metres, equivalent to 26 feet 7 inches. The maximum draft of the hull under full load is
2.70 metres, equivalent to 8 feet 10 inches. The new Kingship 156’ also has a displacement of 480 MT (metric tons), equivalent to more than 1,059,600 pounds, and a gross tonnage of 499 GT. The hull of the new yacht is of the displacement type with a curved bow and a longitudinal skeg in the aft centre sections. The hull is equipped with a tunnel bow thruster and a stabiliser system that can operate both when underway and at anchor, configured with a pair of lateral non-retractable active fins positioned amidships, with an electro-hydraulically controlled drive system.
The engine room of the new Kingship 156’ will contain two turbodiesel engines, each with maximum power of 965 BHP, equivalent to 720 bkW. Coupled to the reduction gearboxes, the engines are connected via stainless steel transmission shafts to the five-blade, fixed-pitch propellers whose diameter is 1,700 mm, equivalent to 67 inches. In terms of its design performance, the new Kingship 156’ will be capable of reaching a maximum speed of 15 knots, and an economy cruising speed of 10 knots; when sailing at this speed, the yacht will have an estimated range of 8,500 nautical miles, which is possible in part thanks to the fuel tanks with their capacity of 46,000 litres, equivalent to more than 12,170 US gallons.
For their part, the freshwater tanks have a capacity of 20,000 litres, equivalent to more than 5,290 US gallons, and will be constantly topped up by two desalination plants, each producing 20,000 litres per day, equivalent to more than 5,290 US gallons. There will also be a waste water treatment system, with waste water and sewage tanks with a capacity of 7,000 litres, equivalent to more than 1,850 US gallons. Two tri-phase 50-Hz generators will also be installed on board the new Kingship 156’, based on diesel generator motors, each producing 115 ekW/140 kVA. The equipment aboard the new yacht will include a 4.10 m / 13’6” rescue and service tender, laid up in its own area aft of the sun deck. In addition, a Yamaha FX 140 waverunner and a 6.5 m / 21’4” main tender with inboard motor and hydrojet propulsion will be laid up in the garage on the aft lower deck.
The yacht concept and interior layout
Through painstaking, close collaboration, Kingship and the designers have perfected the new Kingship 156’ in every respect. Among its many technical characteristics, it is important to underline that the new vessel has a gross tonnage below 500 GT. Remaining within the 500 GT limit is an especially significant factor for a motor yacht of this length and size; Azure Naval Architects points out that staying “…within the 500 GT Rules, [makes] crewing of the yacht more manageable”, and this is still a decisive part of the specific commercial assessment of the overall management profile of a motor yacht. This figure is therefore an important feature for the strategic placement of the new Kingship 156’ on the current international luxury yachting market, and demonstrates Kingship’s high level of skill in anticipating trends and seizing market opportunities to offer its clientele a product effectively calibrated to meet the actual needs of the individual owner. In terms of the 500 GT limit, in the design process for the Kingship 156’, Azure Naval Architects, a Dutch company, explain that they put maximum effort into the lines of the hull and superstructure in order to create the maximum interior space possible within the 500 GT restriction. New borders have been set while the optimized hull form will guarantee maximum comfort in rough seas. Advanced structure and system design, in accordance with the latest Class Society requirements, are fully absorbed within the Design. Azure Naval Architects were responsible for the naval and technical aspects, but all fully in keeping with an overall design that is pure Donald Starkey: in fact, the entire design concept, including the exterior and the interior of the new motor yacht, are by Donald Starkey Designs. The external lines therefore differ from those of the most recent yachts produced by Kingship; in fact, the hull of the new Kingship 156’ has a showy plumb bow, while the high sides have large circular portlights that illuminate the interiors. As a whole, the beautiful forms of the new Kingship 156’ successfully evoke the look of a “gentleman’s yacht” interpreted in a modern key. The new yacht offers on-board spaces and surfaces that are similar to those of yachts far more than 50 metres in length, with generous lounges and open covered decks for entertaining, while the style of the interiors and the fittings of the interior layout can easily be personalised for a potential owner. Thanks to its spacious, well-arranged interior layout, the new Kingship 156’ will accommodate up to 12 passengers in four spacious guest staterooms, a large optional VIP stateroom and a vast owner’s master stateroom. The yacht will also be able to accommodate up to 10 crew in four comfortable crew cabins and a large captain’s cabin. [...]