China’s Shangong Heavy Industries has bought the Ferretti Group, taking over 75% of the Italian shipmaker’s capital.
Sleekly tailored with gleaming chrome accessories and luxurious saloons, the Ferretti Group designs some of the most exclusive yachts in the nautical world.
Ferretti has 8 yacht brands (Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line) and owns a total of 8 shipyards.
Italian superyacht builder Pershing has launched a new hull in its flagship 115’ range with all the bells and whistles plus a gut-busting engine upgrade.
Fitted with twin diesel MTUs delivering a total of 7,400 hp together with the applied thrust of the two Kamewa Rolls-Royce water-jet propellers, the standard model has an impressive maximum velocity of about 38 knots.
The new 115’ features an additional Vericor TF50 gas turbine, typically used in the aeronautical sector, with a central water-jet propeller producing an additional 5,100 hp, for a total top speed of 52 knots.
The immense popularity of the Pershing brand on the Chinese market has been reconfirmed for 2009, too.
An awards ceremony was held recently in the elegant setting of the Hotel Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai, during which Pershing, a Ferretti S.p.A. brand and famous Italian shipyard specialising in the production of luxury yachts, was presented with the important â€œBest Luxury Performance Yacht 2009â€ award, following data issued by the â€œBest of the Bestâ€ survey.
The â€œBest of the Bestâ€ is the most authoritative survey which the Editorial Office of â€œThe Hurun Reportâ€, an important Chinese magazine devoted to the financial world and luxury, has drawn up every year for the past five in order to make an in-depth investigation of the lifestyles and spending habits of the most prominent figures in the Chinese economy.
For its first complete collection of aquatic chronographs, there could be no better route to mastery for Parmigiani Fleurier than allying its technical expertise with one of today’s biggest boatbuilders: Pershing.
Parmigiani Fleurier had for several years wanted to develop a new collection of watches with highly sporty lines and volumes.
The watchmaking project took a major turn with the formation of the partnership between Pershing and Parmigiani Fleurier.
Ferretti Group company Pershing recently launched the new Pershing 80 motoryacht in Italy.
Designed by Italian naval architect Fulvio De Simoni, the 24.4m (80ft) yacht is said to offer exceptional performance. The standard version is powered by two 2030hp MTU engines combined with ASD 15L surface propellers for speeds of up to 44kt, while a faster version equipped with two 2435mhp MTU engines allows for speeds of 50kt at 1/3 loaded displacement.
The yachtâ€™s construction process uses the â€œScrimp Systemâ€, a fiberglass vacuum molding process that significantly reduces voids in the laminate and increases strength.
Pershing says that several elements give the new yacht an edge over its competitors, including an elegant slide-away glass partition, designed in collaboration with Besenzoni, that allows the cockpit to be closed off from the upper saloon. Alternatively, the owner can choose to join the two areas together to create a large open space, all on the same level. Another exceptional Pershing 80â€™ feature is the extendable-retractable hard top over the upper saloon.
The Pershing 80 is expected to make its official debut at the end of next month followed by an unveiling to the public at the Monaco International Boat Show. Itâ€™s price : US$ 6, 800,000