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MCM announces their first collaboration with Benetti

Marine Construction Management (MCM) of Newport, Rhode Island, is recognized as one of the industry’s leading management firms. Based on the expertise and experience of its co-founders, MCM has been selected by owners to represent their interests on a wide range of superyacht projects, from steel and aluminium motoryachts to high-tech carbon fibre Grand Prix race boats.

For the first time, MCM is working with Benetti, one of the most renowned names in the Italian yachting industry. MCM’s and Benetti’s first two projects together are very different, but each draws on MCM’s expertise in construction and yacht management.

On hull BO204, the 4th hull in the Oasis 34M family due to launch next year, MCM was engaged as owner’s representative at the very early stages of the project and handled the contract negotiations and final detailing of the specification, and are currently managing and monitoring the construction phase. Once she is launched, Peter Wilson will be on board for dock trials, mechanical trials, sea trials and the official handover.

“I recently visited the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio to inspect the Benetti Oasis 34M hull number four which we are managing for repeat clients,” says Peter Wilson, co-founder of MCM. “This was an extremely informative visit as it also provided me the opportunity to look at the preceding hulls in this family in differing states of completion and in particular, hull number 1, which had just completed her sea trials. There were many smiling faces amongst the Benetti team as the yacht easily met their performance goals!”

MCM announces their first collaboration with Benetti

Wilson was able to meet Benetti’s various heads of department to delve deeper into the design details to ensure that hull No. 4 will meet or exceed the client’s expectation.

“There is considerable enthusiasm around our project” adds Wilson. “I have every confidence that this will continue to be a happy project and ready for a timely delivery in spring 2023.”

MCM have also been engaged to manage the operations of FB278, the 67-metre motoryacht Calex designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta. Mark Dauplaise of the Newport-based company is her dedicated yacht manager.

Calex was delivered in early June and is currently cruising in the Mediterranean. MCM was awarded the management of Calex towards the final construction phase of the project, which allowed them to get everything well in order prior to the handover.

“The owner is planning on cruising the Med for the full summer season, then after some expected warranty work will head to the Caribbean for the winter season, possibly spending some time in Florida and the Bahamas as well,” says Wilson. “At the end of the winter season, she will head through the Panama Canal and cruise Mexico and the West Coast of the US.”

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