German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen launched its largest superyacht to date, with a length of 118.20 meters. Joseph Dirand designed the interior and the exterior design.

LIVA is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion with four VOITH thrusters. The two Caterpillar main generators have a power of 2240 kW. Furthermore, there are three 599 kW auxiliary generators – by Caterpillar as well.

Joseph Dirand explains the design of the motor yacht LIVA.

“I wanted this boat to be timeless, elegant, pure, thine, classic, contemporary with a large amount of outdoor space to be immersive with the surround landscape. This is exactly what I see when I look at it today – the black hull is really spectacular and looks completely monolithic”, Joseph Dirand commented when he saw MY LIVAO emerging from the shed for the first time. “I have been obsessed by this project during all those years and it is the opportunity of my life to design a boat like this. I am happy today that everyone is realizing why all those details were so important to get to this result. It is my turn to thank the shipyard for being such a great partner in the realization of this dream.”

LIVA welcomes a 16m day tender in a lower deck garage. According to Abeking & Rasmussen, that was one of the construction challenges. Another tender garage is on the main deck forward. There is space for three boats, a seven-person Triton submarine, diverse water toys, bicycles, and diving equipment.

The yacht features a Neptune/Nemo lounge (a window half underwater – example)

For LIVA, aka Project 6507, Abeking & Rasmussen used a new laser welding method. The Photon AG from Berlin developed it together with A&R to get smoother surfaces with fewer reworks.