MY Vava II is the 97-metre superyacht commissioned by Swiss entrepreneur Ernesto Bertarelli in 2007.[1] Built by Devonport Yachts at Plymouth, England, the hull was built by sister shipyard Appledore Shipbuilders, both being owned by Babcock Marine. She was launched on 2 December 2009 and then taken to Devonport for the accommodation section to be lifted onto the ship.[1][2] She was fully completed in February 2012.[2] When constructed she was claimed to be the largest British-built superyacht and was the last yacht built by Devonport Yachts following its acquisition by Pendennis Shipyard.[1] The yacht's designers were Hampshire-based firm Redman Whitely Dixon (exterior) and the French interior designer Remi Tessier.[1]

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NameVava II
  • Ernesto Bertarelli
  • (Lighthouse Marine Ltd)
Port of registryGeorge Town, Cayman Islands
BuilderDevonport Yachts and Appledore Shipbuilders
Costc. GB£150 million
Yard number55
Launched2 December 2009
Christened10 September 2011
StatusIn service
General characteristics
TypePrivate motor yacht
Length96.83 m
Beam17.21 m
Height8.5 m
Draught4.79 m
Installed power8770kW (11922bhp)
Propulsion4 x MTU, twin-screw
Speed18.5 kts
Capacity52 persons
Crew30 persons

Vava II has a length of 96.83 m (317 ft 8 in), breadth of 17.21 m (56 ft 6 in) and draught of 4.79 m (15 ft 9 in). The yacht is powered by four MTU engines, two of 12cyl (type 12V4000M71) of 2610 bhp each, and two of 16cyl (type 16V4000M71) of 3351 bhp each, totalling 11922 bhp. They are geared to twin screws and produce a service speed of 18.5 knots.

The yacht, previously known as Project-55, was christened on 10 September 2011 and sailed on her maiden voyage in early 2012.[1][3] Vava II's registered owner is Lighthouse Marine Ltd of St Helier, Jersey and she flies the Cayman Islands flag with port of registry George Town.[2][4]

The Bertarellis' previous yacht was Vava, a 47-metre motor yacht built by Royal Van Lent/Feadship, Netherlands in 1996.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f James Orr (6 March 2012). "Largest British-built private yacht sets sail for Caribbean". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Vava II". Sea-Web (subscription required). IHS Markit. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Superyacht Vava II christened by Devonport Yachts". 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  4. ^ "VAVA II". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Superyacht Vava". Retrieved 2012-08-05.