M/Y Lonian certainly is a unique ship in many ways… one of them being that it has it’s own support ship to carry all of the fun, but heavy, toys! As part of the overall helicopter integration for these two ships, On Deck Aviation was able to have a front row seat to the design and execution of the awesome helipad onboard. Read more about this epic support ship featured in Forbes below:
“As the demand for bigger, faster, tougher, and more technologically advanced superyachts continues to grow, the world’s ocean-loving billionaires are commissioning superyachts in the (200-to-500 foot-long range) that have way more to offer than big sun decks and gold-plated fixtures. Just in the past few months, Oleg Tinkov celebrated the launch of his new, 246-foot long ice class polar explorer yacht, a long time American yacht owner launched a 263-footer with a cutting-edge new design and in the Italian shipyard Benetti has launched THREE new yachts measuring over 300-long. So, it makes perfect sense to see HODOR the latest “superyacht support vessel” to be launched this year is even more jam packed with tenders, toys, and aircraft carrying capability than anything that’s been built before.
And a big reason for that is that HODOR is the first Shadow Cat that provides the deck and storage space, flexibility, stability, efficiency of an Incat Crowther catamaran to the yacht industry. Design and naval architecture was by Incat Crowther, project management and technical consultation by Robert Smith of YCTS and construction by Astilleros Armón at their Burela shipyard in Spain.
According to published reports, HODOR has been customized to carry the specific equipment and supplies to support and enhance the owner’s mothership capabilities and it can accommodate an astounding number of toys, facilities and personnel. This includes five boats, (the largest being 56-foot long speedboat), jet skis, quad bikes, a submarine, a helipad, and a large complement of crew, staff and support equipment…”