Princess Yachts International is celebrating the success of Imperial Princess, the first Princess 40M from the company’s M Class range of 100ft plus yachts, at the eighth annual World Superyacht Awards held in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 May.
During a gala evening held in the magnificent surroundings of the Çırağan Palace Kempinski and attended by a distinguished guest list of superyacht owners, their families, friends and luminaries of the superyacht industry, news broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky presented the prized silver Neptune awards to the owners of the finest sail and motor yachts delivered in 2012. The Princess 40M has been named as the winner of the ‘Three Deck Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts’ category.
For Princess to have been selected as a finalist with what is our first ‘superyacht’ build is an incredible achievement but for Imperial Princess to win this prestigious award and the company be recognised as an important shipyard in the superyacht industry is a great honour. With over 45 years of innovation and engineering excellence Princess are firmly stamping their marque on the 100ft plus market.
Chris Gates, Managing Director at Princess Yachts International, said: “We are extremely honoured that Imperial Princess has been awarded in her category at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards. The standard of yachts within her class were exemplary and we are delighted to receive this internationally recognised accolade for our Princess 40M. This is a tremendous achievement for all involved.”
The 40M, built at Plymouth's historic South Yard, combines cutting-edge technology with superb performance and the ultimate in on-board opulence. Weighing in at 395 gross registered tonnage, the superyacht has twin diesel engines packing some 7,000 horsepower, and is capable of 23 knots.
As the largest composite motor yacht ever built in the UK, as well as the most luxurious, the 40M can also boast one of the largest hulls in the world constructed using high-tech resin-infusion technology, for optimum strength, quality and weight.
The Princess 40M has also recently been awarded ‘Best Production Motor Yacht (24m to 40m)’ at the 9th annual Asia Boating Awards and is a finalist for three awards at this year’s ShowBoat Design Awards.
Originally Published: Princess Yachts 7 May 2013