VARD to build 222m superyacht Somnio



Norwegian shipbuilder, VARD has secured a contract to build the world’s largest superyacht, measuring 222m with a 27m beam. At 33,500gt, the $600m superyacht Somnio has been unveiled as the first ever residential “yacht liner”, featuring 39 apartments.

Captain Erik Bredhe, co-founder of Somnio, is overseeing the project. He said: ”Somnio, meaning ‘to dream’ in Latin, will be the largest yacht in the world by length and volume, and offer apartment owners the finest quality available at sea.”

“Somnio will be the only residential superyacht in the world and has been designed to exacting standards that are commensurate with a life of opportunity,” said Bredhe.

The yacht will sail on an ever-changing global itinerary, Somnio said, listing possible destinations such as the Mediterranean, New York, the South Pacific and Antarctica.

Each onboard apartment will include its own indoor and outdoor dining spaces, kitchen, gym and library. There will also be a shared 10,000-bottle wine cellar, as well as restaurants, bars and a beach club.

Hull construction and the first outfitting phase will be performed at Vard Tulcea in Romania before the vessel is transferred to Vard Søviknes in Norway for final outfitting and delivery by spring 2024.

Attilio Dapelo, general manager for VARD’s cruise business unit, said, “The vessel will be the largest vessel so far in VARD’s history and will engage a high number of designers and shipbuilders in VARD’s network of specialised international facilities.”

Also involved in the project is VARD’s parent company, the Italian conglomerate Fincantieri, as well as architectural and design studios Tillberg Design of Sweden and Winch Design from the UK.