Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) announced the completion of the biggest project in their 30-year history, the largest superyacht conversion to ever occur in the US. The ‘Big Project’ converted an ex-offshore supply vessel to a superyacht.
The conversion of the vessel began in Louisiana in 2015, and now is the largest private converted yacht to have ever taken place.
The vessel was launched initially in 1997 as the 63-meter Candy Trader offshore supply vessel, later renamed HOS Trader. The decommissioned vessel was bought by Hornbeck Offshore which began a three year conversion into an explorer yacht.
David Leone, President of VMAG commented
Very little was left untouched throughout the vessel, so it was crucial to manage each section of the refit, in the right order, to avoid any delays and additional costs.
According to the company’s statement, the first step was the lengthening of the platform, restyling the bow area, and adding several superstructure decks for a completely new look. The body extension and redesigned bow work took place at Leevac Shipyards. The then renamed Voyager was due to be completed at the American refit facility Diana Cut in 2015.
Voyager was then towed from Houma to Fort Lauderdale’s Dania Cut for the completion of the conversion. Due to the complexity of the project, the delivery schedule was moved several times from December 2016 to March 2017 and now to a 2019 delivery.
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The superyacht was also repowered with the installation of new generators and a complete interior rejuvenation by two separate contractors. The vessel also boasts six decks with a helipad, spa room, dive centre, and extensive storage for tenders and water toys.