RMK Marine is a shipyard founded on a tradition that dates back to 1978. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, RMK Marine is an expert in building steel, aluminum and composite superyachts. In 1997 the shipyard was incorporated into the Koç Group and took the name RMK Marine.The shipyard has an amazing level of versatility, due in part to its phenomenal pool of talent working in-house. RMK Marine is one of the largest shipbuilding companies in Turkey and the site is buzzing with activity as not only superyachts but also merchant and special vessels are being built, refitted and converted. When it comes to retrofits, RMK Marine delivers on average between 10 and 20 major projects per year.
Aside from these other businesses, RMK Marine has a portfolio that reflects this versatility, having built and delivered a number of different superyachts over the years. The largest so far is the 52 meter sailing yacht Nazinine V, featuring exterior design and naval architecture by Sparkman & Stephens and interior penned by RWD. The all-aluminum sailing yacht Nazinine V was launched in 2009 and has enjoyed life with a single owner.While RMK Marine’s fleet may include another sailing yacht, the 38.14 meter Dubois-designed yacht dusk, its main focus is motor yachts, particularly those with a penchant for exploration. The shipyard is strengthening this branch of things with three new explorer yachts, each brimming with unique charm, one of which will be built on speculation.
The shipyard has one major luxury that many other shipyards don’t have and that is the financial strength of a leading holding company that keeps the turbines running. Turkey’s largest industrial and services conglomerate, Koç Group and owner RMK Marine posted a staggering consolidated annual turnover of US$61 billion in 2021. RMK Marine – and its customers – benefit greatly from such solid financial support. Thanks to this support, RMK Marine offers financial guarantee, security and excellent after-sales service. The smallest of the three superyachts built by RMK Marine is the 36.86 meter long Pocket Explorer designed by Vripack. seven seas, planned to hit the water next year. The Explorer was designed for an experienced yacht owner who wanted a yacht that could handle super-efficient long-distance cruising. seven seas is the sixth collaboration between Dutch Vripack and RMK Marine, and the result is a masculine trawler-style yacht enhanced by a feminine, family-oriented design. “The explorers we are building with the Vripack design have great stories to tell and have resulted in a group of happy and satisfied customers,” commented Adnan Nefesoğlu, CEO of RMK Marine. “With this new order we now have the opportunity to recreate this line of ships for RMK Marine. RMK is a unique shipyard with accumulated experience with boats of different disciplines, hull materials and of course historic wooden boat refurbishments in a variety of very valuable vessels. We are now ready to reflect all of these experiences in this new series of explorers.”Following seven seas is the 49.9 meter superyacht designed by Hot Lab Aries. “We wanted to start a new build that is sporty and attractive, robust and elegant,” commented Özgür Numan, director of yacht division at RMK Marine. That’s why we agreed to work with Hot Lab to develop a versatile exploration superyacht under 500 gross tons. The yacht resembles an earlier joint concept between RMK Marine and Hot Lab, the RMK5000but this ship will have a newly developed hull with greater volume and external space in the front area”.Aries is the most useful project under construction and is expected to have a lavish interior that balances its masculine exterior lines. Accommodating up to 12 guests and nine crew members, the superyacht is loaded with amenities. Her most outstanding feature is arguably her open aft deck which is incredibly versatile as it can be used for delicate storage or transformed into a very generous social area thanks to two fold out wings in her bulwark. The aft deck hosts a large pool and has multiple seating areas spread across the three tier deck space. To offer guests a space that is social and private at the same time. Aries is based on speculation and is expected to hit the market in 2024. The latest ongoing project at RMK Marine is the shipyard’s upcoming flagship 65 meter boats ER65which is to be completed in 2025. Built to a design by Ivan Erdevicki and his Vancouver-based studio ER Yacht Design, the superyacht will offer state-of-the-art luxury coupled with round-the-world capabilities meeting stringent ice and polar class requirements.
“This is the kind of project a yacht designer waits their whole life for,” commented Ivan Erdevicki. “The owner specifically requested a bespoke long haul expedition motor yacht project with style and a sleek, timelessly classic look that I was delighted to land on my desk!”The 65 meters ER65 marks the start of a promising long-term partnership between the Canadian design studio and the Turkish shipyard. The first fruit of this relationship is certainly exciting and the team has made sure it packs a punch. That ER65 is equipped with a library, sauna, gym, beach club, massage room and medical center. She also has a heliport with a gas station and a deep-sea submarine.
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With these projects already well underway, RMK Marine has well and truly re-asserted itself in the superyacht sector. Its presence was already well known, but these new models add further clout to it and showcase its shipbuilding expertise. To learn more about these ongoing projects, the RMK Marine team will be at the Monaco Yacht Show 2022 at Stand JS18.