The international shipbuilder Privinvest recently announced the delivery of the “most advanced yacht ever constructed” to its owner. Sailing Yacht, A is a 143-meter vessel that commands a gross tonnage of nearly 12,600 GT. These statistics make Sailing Yacht A one of the greatest PYC (Passenger Yacht Code) superyachts to grace the seas.
It’s an example of the advanced design capability of the Privinvest Group, the Middle East-based shipbuilder founded by Iskandar Safa some two decades ago. In the past 20 years, Privinvest has garnered a world reputation for building ultra-advanced technological and innovative ships for military entities, private companies, as well as yachts for private buyers.
Privinvest has supplied 40 world navies with state-of-the-art military-grade ships. The company is leading the way in applying aerospace and automotive designs to small military boats. Cutting-edge software applications are also a key component of Privinvest products. Working in the naval defense realm is a mainstay of the Privinvest client base.
Privinvest maintains shipyard in key locations across Europe, including France, the United Kingdom and Germany. It also operates shipyards in Middle East locations. To date, the company has delivered more than 2,000 vessels. NATO allies are a significant customer.
Officials with Privinvest say that ships designed to patrol coastal water regions are in high demand. Bolstering capability to command what military types call “littoral warfare” is a huge growth area in the shipbuilding sector. Industry analysts say that Privinvest is among those shipbuilders leading the way in designing ships to perform littoral maneuvers using super high technology and advanced capabilities unseen before in the history of shipbuilding.
Building superyachts for private clients is also a significant part of the Privinvest realm. In addition to Sailing Yacht A, the company recently completed the YAS. This 141-meter superyacht was delivered in 2013 to its buyer. Demonstrating the innovative engineering capability of Privinvest, YAS was originally a Dutch Navy frigate, the HNLMS Piet Hein. The YAS can accommodate 60 guests and has a 56-member crew.
Privinvest also built what is today one of the world’s most famous yachts – the TATOOSH. The latter is the name of a legendary Native American chief of the Makah Tribe indigenous to Washington state.