Commissioned by the head of the Fiat brand, Yersin was built by French yard Piriou Shipyard and delivered at the start of 2015.
This is the first yacht from Piriou, founded in 1965, which specialises in fishing vessels, tugs, military and commercials vessels. The steel-hull, ice-classed Yersin has been built at its facility in Concarneau, Brittany.
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).
Yersin has been built for oceangoing navigation, transoceanic passages and ice exploration. She will earn both the Bureau Veritas ICE Class IC and its CLEANSHIP certifications. She will be able to travel 12,000 nautical miles and 50 days without having to take on supplies, requiring few stops and landfalls. This goes along with the yacht's motto: Leave an imprint without leaving a trace.
The vessel is also destined to be used for research campaigns, and will carry several tenders, among them an 11m cabin cruiser, two 7.5m semi-rigid inflatables, a barge, as well as a seaplane.
Powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system, six generators producing power for twin 1,500kW pod engines. Despite her ample range at an economical speed, she will still reach a top speed of 15 knots and have an impressive range of 12,000 nautical miles.
An additional central pump-jet will allow cruising in shallow waters, lakes or rivers, and is independently capable of a top speed of six knots. In keeping with the trend for a lighter impact on the environment the yacht will have among other features exhaust fume filters and sewage and grey water treatment plants.