BY APB Staff on 12 Feb 2024

The Italian shipyard has signed an agreement with Saudi business house Durah al Fodah.

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Italian shipyard Centouno Navi has landed in Saudi Arabia, after signing an agreement with Saudi’s royal business house Durah al Fodah.

The agreement was signed by naval architect and co-founder of Centouno Navi, Marco Arnaboldi, and by HRH Naif Bin Abdullah Bin Saus Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud — through his company Durah al Fodah — at the end of a presentation held in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh in December 2023.

Durah al Fodah will now promote the Italian shipyard’s range in Saudi Arabia, starting with the purchase of a demo boat for test drives in the Red Sea.

Centounonavi Vespro

Centouno Navi Vespro

Arnaboldi says that the shipyard has a ‘green’ focus as it uses some recycled materials, including PVC foams, in its construction methods. “Then, thanks to maximum weight containment and particularly efficient hull shapes, fuel consumption is considerably reduced, while waterjet propulsion does not harm marine animals, which are often hurt by propellers,” he adds.

The yard says its Saudi guests were particularly interested in the speed performance of the Centouno Navi range. All the models in the range can achieve speeds over 58 knots.

“This sea is at the centre of a major tourism launch through the development of hospitality facilities and new towns (The Line, Neom and more),” explains Arnaboldi.

“The participants attending the presentation were impressed not only by the unique aesthetic and performance characteristics of the Centouno Navi yachts but above all by the ‘green’ content aimed at having a smaller impact on their precious Red Sea.”

The meeting was also an opportunity to present Protea Srl’s Ozojet antifouling system, developed exclusively for Centouno Navi. This system is particularly effective in the warm waters of the Red Sea, where marine vegetation is fast-growing.

Centouno Navi’s range of yachts includes the high-speed Centouno Navi Vespro, Forza and Eterea models.

Centouno navi Vespro

Centouno Navi Vespro

At 16.70 metres in length, the Centouno Navi Vespro is a powerful fast cruiser that, powered by two 1,200 hp MAN 8V engines coupled to MJP 350X waterjets, reaches a top speed of 57 knots. At 30 knots, it uses only 6 l/nm and has a range of 350 nautical miles at maximum speed.

The 28-metre Forza model is equipped with three 2,000 hp MAN 12V engines coupled to three MJP 450 waterjets, reaching a maximum speed of 60 knots. The 7,000-litre fuel tank guarantees a range of 500 nm at a cruising speed of 50 knots.

The 39-metre Eterea is a three-deck superyacht built from hybrid carbon composite, powered by four MTU engines (2,600 hp each) coupled to MJP waterjets, achieving a top speed of 58 knots and a cruising speed of 50 knots.

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