M/V Yersin makes grand entrance into Monaco
Having left Concarneau port on 12th May, where her construction began in June 2012 at the French shipyard, Piriou, and after a stopover in Malta, the M/Y Yersin which is both a private vessel and research laboratory arrived in Monaco on Monday 8th June at 5.00pm.
And it was a grand entrance into Port Hercule. Escorted by the Maritime Affairs Department and Yacht Club de Monaco, the 77m ship was greeted with a water salute from the fireboat and a chorus of horns blown by all the yachts moored in the YCM Marina, dressed overall for the occasion.
“We are delighted to welcome a new vessel into the Yacht Club’s fleet, particularly as the owner is the first ambassador of La Belle Classe Superyachts. This ship has kept all her promises and commitments. It’s like the spirit of Calypso all over again. I wish her many a bon voyage,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco.
In accordance with the wishes of her owner François Fiat, she combines all the technology currently available at the service of ecology, and supports maritime values that the Yacht Club de Monaco label La Belle Classe Superyachts promotes, notably protecting the environment and promoting innovative technology.
The M/V Yersin has been designed to travel, explore and educate, in any conditions including ice exploration. Encouraged by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Museum, the M/V Yersin is a tool to achieve a project called A.S.E. (Adventure – Science – Education).
“It is fantastic to receive such a warm welcome. I have dreamed of this ecological ship ever since I can remember. A real exploration vessel, designed for adventure, science and educating future generations. She is named Yersin in honour of Doctor Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943), a physician with Messageries maritimes merchant shipping company, to whom humanity owes a great deal as he discovered the bacillus behind the bubonic plague. I also wanted to use one of his phrases - “You are not truly alive unless you keep moving” - as the ship’s motto,” commented an emotional owner, Francois Fiat, on his arrival.
On Saturday 20th June 2015, she will be officially presented in a ceremony attended by HSH Prince Albert II.
Displacement: 2,300 UMS
Capacity: 20 passengers and 20 crew members
Bureau Veritas: ICE Class IC
Electric propulsion with Schottel system
Photo : © Ameller