23 May 2012
In this the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee year sparking a general resurgence of interest in matters of a ‘Royal’ nature, fresh media interest in proposals to replace the Royal Yacht Britannia have surfaced once again, involving Technical Design Services from BCTQ, also celebrating their own 60th anniversary this year. With the latest project championed by yachtsmen and advertising entrepreneur, Ian Maiden, BCTQ were asked, some years back, to offer Technical Design as part of fresh proposals for a stately and attractive looking Commonwealth Flagship of 127m length, designed by the late internationally acclaimed yacht designer, Jon Bannenberg. With a complement of 130 persons (80 crew and 50 passengers) and based upon the need to host large numbers of additional guests when the ship is in port. BCTQ’s work included the preparation of General Arrangement drawings across six deck levels, where extensive conference/exhibition areas share space with large public/entrance areas. The recent media announcement of the bid, coinciding with the launch of a new platform website for the project at www.commonwealthflagship.com has raised significant public awareness while, at the same time, interested parties are being invited via the website to register interest and opinions towards taking the project to the next level. Elegantly and conventionally styled, with something of the feel of Britannia, the principal objective for the new yacht is that it should be used primarily as a touring ‘Flagship’ for Commonwealth member states in the promotion of trade and enterprise. While proposals to fund the project do not include the use of public money, should the project find the necessary backing and authority to proceed, use and endorsement of the vessel by the Royal Family would certainly add prestige, but would take second place to the ship’s main focus. For further information contact Tim Hope at BCTQ Southampton.