Silent-Yachts announces major restructuring
Silent-Yachts has been restructured as Silent Group, a move that brings together several of the company’s separate divisions, including charter and brokerage, under the Silent brand.
The news comes as the Austrian-owned company expands global production following record sales in 2021 of 21 units, including selling the first unit of the Silent 100 Explorer flagship.
Silent-Yachts produces fully electric, solar-powered catamarans from 60-120 feet. From now on, a new sub-division of the company will also build hybrid yachts that make use of both conventional propulsion and renewable solar energy. The first hybrid yacht is an 82-foot model to be built in partnership with VisionF Yachts.
Through the cooperation with VisionF, Silent-Yachts says it aims to support the Turkish shipyard towards making its catamarans more sustainable. The extended hardtop flybridge of the Silent VisionF 82 is fitted with a large solar array and a powerful battery bank to provide sufficient energy to power all appliances on board.
The additional new sub-divisions in the company are:
Silent-Tenders: Offering a new range of electric Silent tenders, starting with a model of four metres in length. Further models will be announced during 2022.
Silent-Management: Offering the full spectrum of management services for Silent clients, from documentation, flag registration, certification and inspections to crew hiring, charter and yacht management, maintenance and servicing.
Silent-Charter: Offering Silent yachts for charter from the fleet base in Port Adriano, Mallorca and around the world.
Silent-Brokerage: Offering brokerage services for pre-owned vessels for sale by Silent and its clients.
Silent-Resorts: Zero-carbon, ultra-sustainable resorts with luxurious beachfront solar-powered residences.
Silent-Shop: A web-based outlet for electric water toys, smart electric gadgets as well as Silent merchandising products.
The Silent Group currently has production facilities at its shipyard on Italy’s Adriatic coast, while the Swiss-owned and managed PMG Shipyard in Thailand builds the Silent 60 series.
A new partnership with Coşkun Bayraktar in Turkey, founder of the Viaport Group and owner of VisionF Yachts, has opened up more production opportunities. Boats in the Silent 60 series, Silent 80 series, Silent 100 series as well as the new Silent VisionF 82 series are already being built in Turkey. Including the Tuzla Viaport Marina, the cooperation with VisionF Yachting provides access to more than 100,000sqm of production area, the company says.
“I’m immensely proud of what Silent-Yachts has achieved over the years,” says Silent-Yachts founder and CEO Michael Köhler. “After beginning our research into solar yacht technologies in 2004, the company has evolved and expanded and last year’s sales show that we continue to grow. We are now a truly international group with diverse interests requiring more extensive resources and production space. This enables us to collaborate with other shipyards such as VisionF to assist them in harnessing solar technology as a step towards a more sustainable future.”
The next unit to be launched by the company will be a Silent 60 – Front Exit version. The solar electric catamaran will touch the water this month February 2022 and will head straight to the US. Another Silent 60 Front Exit will be launched by April and will be followed by more yachts later this year.