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Rossinavi Launches M/Y Akula, The Shipyard’s First Expedition Yacht

Italian shipyard Rossinavi has launched its first 59.4-metre (195ft) Expedition yacht M/Y Akula from its Pisa facilities. The yacht lines were penned by Gian Paolo Nari and the interior design by Ancona-based studio FM Architettura. Fitted with diesel-electric propulsion and dynamic positioning, this Ice Class yacht has been built to fulfill the Owner's dream of world exploration. The Owners are being represented by ACP Surveyors who also acts as the Owner’s Project Managers.

M/Y Akula by Rossinavi

"The key concept of this project is that it is a boat for cruising,” explains Federico Rossi, Chief Operating Officer of Rossinavi. "With the Owner’s input, we were able to best express the know-how and skills we have gained through decades of experience.”

The new 59m luxury yacht is a unique project realised by Gian Paolo Nari for the exterior design and FM Architettura for the interior design

M/Y Akula was jointly developed with the Owner, who was actively involved in the entire concept and development process. The result is a luxury Expedition yacht, the first in the Rossinavi fleet, created with the goal of navigating over long distances. An Expedition yacht structured with a sturdy hull that allows cruising in remote areas while ensuring absolute safety. Each space outsizes standard yachts, allowing for large storage areas and comfortable crew accommodation. M/Y Akula is a vessel that, by meeting certain standards of eco-sustainability, expresses strength, safety, and the ability to travel long distances.

M/Y Akula by Rossinavi

"In order to fulfill the Owners’ brief, great importance has been given to efficiency and ocean-going capabilities.” said Andrea Carlevaris Founder and CEO of ACP Surveyors. "This sturdy fully custom vessel is able to venture in hot and cold climates in remote areas of the world for a long period of time with optimized fuel consumption and low impact on the environment.”

At the Owner’s request, the yacht was also developed to support marine research activities and philanthropic projects, with a large open area capable of stowing a variety of accessories, including two custom nine-meter-long tenders and various diving equipment. In addition, there is the possibility of loading two standard 20-foot containers on board as scientific laboratories.

Key custom solutions include the forward maneuvering station being moved below deck, leaving the entire overdeck completely free as an open observation deck; in addition, the sundeck is configured as a technical area, where the emergency generator is located. The interior design has been developed to be cozy but elegant, through synergistic work between the Owner and the designers. "I was very lucky to meet this Owner, who guided and empowered the entire team involved in the creation of this yacht. A real ship, a combination of elements that led to an original result: a strong but elegant vessel that fits perfectly with our view of modern yachting.” said Francesca Muzio, Founder of FM Architettura.


Length Overall: 59.4 m

Beam: 11.3 m

Draft: ⋍ 3.45 m

Gross Tonnage: ⋍ 1.215 GT

Exterior Design: Gian Paolo Nari

Interior Design: FM Architettura


Born in Viareggio and raised along the western coast of Italy, Gian Paolo over the years has developed a passion for boating and a deep attraction to the sea and the various styles of vessels that ply the Italian seaboards.

He obtained a Master's Degree in Architecture and Design from the Florence University of the Arts and immediately started working in the naval industry.

Later, as head designer for an Italian naval engineering company from 2003 to 2008, he had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous renowned shipyards and designers. In addition, he expanded his knowledge in yachting and yacht builders by working as a freelance journalist for prestigious boating magazines.

In 2008, he launched his personal brand of yacht design and architecture, with a strong focus on exterior and interior design and layouts for boats and residences, including both new projects and refitting/renovations.

"I think that every project is a personal expression of our understanding of reality and the interpretation of what we aspire to achieve in the future. The product of design is indeed a balanced combination of creativity, perceptual experiences, and technical knowledge, aimed at transforming the imaginary representation of the mind into a feasible idea."

Thanks to his creativity and strong passion for images and design, Gian Paolo Nari offers a subjective and direct approach to yacht design, covering a range of projects from small boats to large and luxurious transoceanic yachts.


Francesca Muzio founded FM Architettura in 2010 on the strength of twenty years of experience in the field of architecture and interior design.

FM Architettura manages important projects in the hôtellerie, residential, and yachting fields.

Faithful to the firm's motto, ''I am my Home'', FM Architettura makes the clients’ promptings and ideas tangible by exploring their personalities and listening to their needs. The proposals elaborated are thus able to enhance people's everyday life, placing themselves in the context of exclusive storytelling.

Over the years, Francesca Muzio has encountered very different realities: patrons of the international culture, entrepreneurs, and real estate companies, as well as important figures in the world of business and information. A client base who certainly believes in the cosmopolitan culture of design.

FM Architettura stands out for its strong creative identity, excellent quality and manufacturing and impeccable service in which the technological component is a tool at the service of an environment that leaves room for the passions and individuality of those who inhabit the space.

Collaborating with the most important shipyards and real estate companies, the architects developed interior design projects for residential complexes and luxury hotels such as Shangri-La and Mandarin Oriental and have more than one hundred and fifty projects under their belt in over twenty cities of fourteen countries in the world.

In 2020, in the heart of Brera, FM Architettura designed and created an identity and inspirational space – Brera Design Home: a welcoming living space resulting from a careful selection of custom-made furnishings and materials, a place that represents and realizes the approach to project and creative research typical of the studio.

Over the years FM Architettura has been involved in the design of solutions for the luxury hotel industry such as the Signature suites and Presidential Suites of the Shard in London, the Holy Deer lodges located in Piazza Navona in Rome and Superyachts such as the Feadship M/Y 88m. Zen and M/Y 55m Somnium, both built and delivered in 2021.


The company was founded in 2005 and over the last 18 years it has become one of the world’s leading service providers in the mega yacht surveying and project management field with over 500 yachts surveyed and an excess of 80 new build & refit projects successfully carried out ranging from 24m to 100+m.

Every project benefits from the combined experience of a multidisciplinary and talented team of experts in various fields, such as thermography, ultrasound gauging, and coating inspections, just to name a few.

This is how, as completely independent yacht surveyors and project managers with offices in Monaco and Viareggio, ACP SURVEYORS provides an extensive range of consulting and yacht surveying services in the superyacht industry. Our experienced and professionally qualified team of marine engineers, naval architects, and yachting professionals are always at the forefront in providing needed advice and consultancy to clients.

The reputation of ACP SURVEYORS is grounded in the trust coming from its customers. Professionalism, independence, a clear communication process and proactive collaboration have helped to build long-term relationships with Owners and the industry at large.

An approach based on an uncompromising sense of ethics, the highest standards of quality and the use of cutting-edge technology is the day-by-day company philosophy which allows for the best customer satisfaction.

By ML Staff. Images Courtesy Of Rossinavi


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