King of the sea

Rossinavi's 70-metre Project Shark has been launched as Polaris at their facility in Viareggio.

19 January 2021


Italian shipyard Rossinavi has presented its latest superyacht Polaris, a 70-metre vessel, the largest built by the yard and able to navigate in extreme ice conditions including the polar areas.

Commissioned by a private client and previously known as Project King Shark, Polaris is a 1,542GT motor yacht developed with an emphasis on yachting lifestyle, able to move from the warm waters of the Caribbean to sub-zero conditions.

Venice-based architecture and design practice Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design, a longstanding collaborator of Rossinavi’s, is responsible for the interior styling and exterior design of Polaris.

It is highly unusual for boats in the Ice Class category to have an elegant exterior appearance. With this in mind, Polaris is positioned advantageously to favour the exploration of unusual and exciting natural environments, such as Polar Regions, without sacrificing sophisticated design or comfort.

Polaris also features the latest diesel-electric propulsion. This is of note because the onboard power management allows to valorise the fuel consumptions, giving advantages in terms of performance and emissions.


Another onboard technology worth mentioning is the Satellite Dynamic System that allows the positioning for dynamic anchoring wherever needed, even in extreme weather scenarios.

“The neat and elegant shapes of the yacht are underlined by long, continuous black window surfaces with curved details that soften up and characterise the overall cleanness of the superstructure. Our aim here was to open up the interiors towards the exterior, ensuring an ongoing view of the sea through the decks.

“This was achieved not by creating huge invasive openings, but by instead designing refined, long and slender windows with which we were able to achieve the same goal,” says Enrico Gobbi of Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design.

The interior design, developed in collaboration with Carlo Lionetti, co-director of Team for Design, is contemporary and enriched by eclectic hints inspired by the client’s personal taste, which include precious coating materials that characterise all areas, along with refined details, prestigious textiles and loose furniture items sourced from high-end international brands, bestowing on the whole interior a luxurious and distinctive, yet warm and welcoming atmosphere.

“After four years under construction, we are extremely proud to present this grand superyacht. Polaris is a 70-metre vessel where our construction skills and technical know-how are perfectly combined.

“The complexity of this project required a very specific, phased approach thanks to the skills we have acquired. Polaris features diesel–electric propulsion and structural ice certification. It is also able to house a full custom limo tender, entirely built in our shipyard.

“Polaris is the masterpiece where lines and elegance boasts the harmony typical of a modern yacht,” says Federico Rossi, Chief Operating Officer of Rossinavi.



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