by Oceanco with Azure and Sam Sorgiovanni Designs

Known during construction as Y707, the build code assigned by Dutch shipyard Oceanco, the yacht Nirvana has a multitude of innovative and interesting elements. For one, it is the biggest motor yacht built by Oceanco in terms of volume, after the longest, Indian Empress, built by Oceanco before the shipyard’s management made some crucial decisions that changed the shipyard’s direction, moving it increasingly towards a focus on very special owners. At this time, the Y700 format for yacht build codes was inaugurated, which to date has been dedicated to vessels of over 80 metres in length. Nirvana is the seventh of these yachts as can be deduced from the code Y707, given that the first of the line was the 80-metre Amevi Y701. From this exclusive line of leisure vessels produced by Oceanco between 2005 and the present day, it is also a pleasure to recall the Y702 known to posterity as Alfa Nero, the Y703 launched in 2008 with the name Anastasia, the Y704 the 85-metre Vibrant Curiosity, the Y705 another 85-metre vessel known as Sunrays, and finally the Y706 the 86-metre Seven Seas, launched in 2010. These are Nirvana’s predecessors in the new line by Oceanco which is naturally already hard at work on the next vessels: the Y708 which was delivered in January of this year and the Y709 and the Y710 will both be delivered next year with lengths of 91.5m and 88.50 metres respectfully. We have had the pleasure of visiting the shipyard several times and we hope to have plenty more opportunities to do so again, not only because it’s a sight not to be missed for yacht enthusiasts, but also because being able to look around its huge production areas offers a chance to see the shipyard’s professionals at work, which is a very satisfying sight. The shipyard works with technicians and operators of undisputed ability, but what is always a pleasure to see is the organisation and cleanness of their workspaces. Naturally, in order to fulfil the ambitions of the shipyard’s management – meeting the requirements of a highly select clientele in an exclusive segment of 80 metres plus – it could not be any other way. Quality must always be of the very highest standard, and the same applies to everything on board a highly complex vessel of this size.


Moving on to look at Nirvana, many elements are note-worthy from its profile onwards, and we will attempt to analyse these. First of all we should consider the designer of its external lines, Sam Sorgiovanni, who also developed the interior design. As a result, the exterior and interior designs enjoy stylistic consistency expressed through an interplay of lines. He defines his work as follows: “Unique, individual, and stylistically different are all words that come to mind to describe my objectives in this project. Anastasia’s theme was a house by the sea, but the inspiration for Nirvana’s design moved from an island beach to a tropical rainforest.” Looking at the interiors, you become pleasingly absorbed in spaces where the more than 200 different types of material used conjure up the jungle. No less than ten different woods have been used for the claddings alone, including eucalyptus, teak, oak and palm. The entire floor is in bamboo, finished to resemble the rippling of sand and smooth as silk to the touch. This is accompanied by natural materials such as white onyx, mother of pearl, black stone and limestone, alongside other natural materials and fabrics in colour combinations reminiscent of earth colours. In addition, bottle green inserts are present throughout the ship to provide emphasis in furnishings such as chairs, carpets, cushions and other objets d’art on board. Some other elements like the two vivarium with reptiles emphasize further the feeling of being in a tropical forest. It is undoubtedly a successful stylistic theme, intended to create spaces imbued with serenity.


Now for a look at Nirvana’s structural and formal content. Firstly, the design covers six decks, all connected by an original glass elevator for six people, surrounded by a steel artwork encompassing its entire height. The impact of this work of art is felt from the moment you step on board in the foyer on the main deck, and is repeated on every deck thus becoming one of the stylistic elements connecting every area on board in a very pleasing aesthetic continuum. However, this does not mean that the stylistic micro-themes of the furnishings are repeated without some pleasant surprises as you move from one deck to the next, but rather that everything you find even in just one space is actually consistent with its surroundings and with what you find in other spaces. [...]

Nirvana technical specifications

LOA88.50 m / 290’35’’ ft
Beam14.20 m / 46’59’’ ft
Displacement2320 tons
Gross tonnage 2.786 gt
Range5,000 nm @ 14 kn
Fuel capacity280,000 litres / 73,968 US gallons
Water capacity172,000 litres / 45,437 US gallons
MaterialSteel hull & aluminium superstructure
Engine2 x 4,830 hp / 3,600 kW MTU 20V 4000 M73L @ 2.050 rpm
Maximum speed20 knots
Cruising speed 14 knots
Stabilisers Rolls Royce Aquarius 100 + 1 x Volvo Penta D9 MG
Generators1 x MTU / DDC Series 2000
Classification100 A1 SSC Yacht (P) MONO G6
LMC UMS-MCA Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY2)
Class notation Lloyd’s Register
AdministrationCayman Islands
Accommodation Owner:
Master suite, study, owner’s lounge,
lobby and private exterior deck area with whirlpool
Guests: 12
1 VIP suite with lounge and his & her bathroom,
4 double VIP cabins
Crew: 26
Delivery April 2012
Naval architect Oceanco / Azure
Exterior designer Sam Sorgiovanni Designs
Interior designer Sam Sorgiovanni Designs
Owner’s representative and Charter Broker Exclusive Yacht Management
Sales Broker Edmiston & Company


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