Viva is the name of the 90-meter long super yacht which crossed the narrow canals of the Netherlands with pinpoint accuracy. Not only that, viva is a two-story yacht. Viva, previously known as Project 817, prepares to begin its sea trials. Photographer Tom van Oossanen captured the images showing the giant cruising the famous canals with extreme precision maneuvers. This comes after the yacht hit the water for the first time from Feadship’s Kaag facility in February. The yacht is set to be delivered later this year.
According to CNN, van Oossanen was very interested in documenting this journey, as he believes it may be the last time a vessel of this size is transported along this route.
They can easily build up to 160 meters in a new facility, so why would they still transfer such a big boat through all these canals and go through all the hassle?Tom van Oossanen
Some of the gaps left a margin of error of less than a meter. Just a breath away stood churches, houses and the iconic windmills of the Netherlands.
It takes a long time. No one is in any rush, because you don’t want to scratch the paintTom van Oossanen
The vessel was built by the company Feadship, measuring 94 meters from bow to stern, and is made of aluminum and steel. Its interior is accompanied by luxury fittings designed by the famous architect Peter Marino.
The super yacht left a shipyard in Kaag for the North Sea in Rotterdam. It was necessary to put pontoons at the back and front to raise her level a little and to get her out of the water, which was not as deep as needed. The crew covered the shores with wood and cloth to prevent the whiteness of the yacht from being scratched in the narrowest points of the channels.
Commissioned by a keen charterer of Feadship yachts, the owner of Viva was keen to keep the environmental impact of Viva at the same as his previous 62-meter Feadship superyacht, reports Boat International. One key environmental feature is the hybrid propulsion system, which will allow Viva to travel at 12 knots on diesel-electric power and 20 knots under traditional diesel power. The yacht also features a waste treatment plant and heat recovering systems on board.