Polaris – Photography by Michele Chiroli
Polaris – Photography by Michele Chiroli

Viareggio, Italy, January 2021 – Italian shipyard Rossinavi has presented in their facility of Viareggio its latest superyacht, Polaris, a 70-metre vessel, the largest built by the yard and able to navigate in extreme ice conditions, including the polar areas.

Commissioned by a private client and previously known as Project King SharkPolaris is a 1,542GT motor yacht developed with an emphasis on yachting lifestyle, able to move from the warm waters of the Caribbean to the sub-zero conditions.

Venice-based architecture and design practice Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design, a longstanding collaborator of Rossinavi’s, is responsible for the interior styling and exterior design of Polaris.

Key design specifications include:

  • Owner’s deck with a private terrace crowned by a surrounding waterfall, which gives zen vibes.
  • 6m-long infinity pool located aft on the main deck, equipped with a whirlpool system.
  • Ample storage space that can accommodate up to six jet skis and two tenders, including a 10m full-custom limousine tender in-house built by Rossinavi.
  • Indoor waterfall that flows over a back-lighted onyx wall in the main salon.
  • Soundproof cinema room in the main deck surrounded by wall dividers covered with precious crystal staves.
  • Wellness centre, which includes a fully equipped gym, a sauna, a hammam, a massage room, yoga area, etc.

It is highly unusual for boats in the Ice Class category to have an elegant exterior appearance. With this in mind, Polaris is positioned advantageously to favour the exploration of unusual and exciting natural environments, such as Polar Regions, without sacrificing sophisticated design or comfort. Polaris also features the latest diesel-electric propulsion. This is of note because the onboard power management allows to valorise the fuel consumptions, giving advantages in terms of performance and emissions. Another worth-mentioning onboard technology is the Satellite Dynamic System that allows the positioning for ‘dynamic anchoring’ wherever needed, even in extreme weather scenarios.

“The neat and elegant shapes of the yacht are underlined by long, continuous black window surfaces with curved details that soften up and characterise the overall cleanness of the superstructure. Our aim here was to open up the interiors towards the exterior, ensuring an ongoing view of the sea through the decks. This was achieved not by creating huge invasive openings but by instead designing refined, long and slender windows with which we were able to achieve the same goal,” says Enrico Gobbi of Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design.

The interior design, developed in collaboration with Carlo Lionetti, co-director of Team for Design, is contemporary and enriched by eclectic hints inspired by the client’s personal taste, which include precious coating materials that characterise all areas, along with refined details, prestigious textiles and loose furniture items sourced from high end international brands, bestowing on the whole interior a luxurious and distinctive, yet warm and welcoming, atmosphere.

“After four years under construction, we are extremely proud to present this grand superyacht. Polaris is a 70m vessel where our construction skills and technical know-how are perfectly combined. The complexity of this project required a very specific phased approach thanks to the skills we have acquired. Polaris features diesel-electric propulsion and structural ice certification. It is also able to house a full custom limo tender, entirely built in our shipyard. Polaris is the masterpiece where lines and elegance boasts the harmony typical of a modern yacht,” says Federico Rossi, Chief Operating Officer of Rossinavi.


  • Length overall: 70.20 m – 230′ 4″
  • Moulded Beam: 12.70 m – 41′ 8″
  • Draught: 3.35 m – 11′ 0″
  • Guests: 2 + 10
  • Guest Cabins: 1 + 5
  • Crew Members: 1 + 16
  • Crew Cabins: 1 + 9
  • Superstructure Material: Aluminium
  • Hull Material: Steel
  • Hull Configuration: Full-Displacement
  • Generator Sets: 3x Cat C32 1,081 bkW + 2x Cat C9.3 355 bkW
  • Main Electric Motors:    2x Marelli Motori 1,866 kW
  • Pods: 2x Rolls-Royce Azipull AZP085 FP
  • Maximum speed: 17 kn
  • Cruising speed: 15 kn
  • Range:  > 6,000 nm
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,542 GT
  • Exterior Design: Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design
  • Interior Design: Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design
  • Naval Architecture: Arrabito Naval Architects


The story of the shipyard starts in 1980 with the expert carpenters Fratelli Rossi (Rossi Brothers) who had established a reputation for high-quality metal construction of fishing boat hulls. This expertise has allowed Rossinavi to maintain a level of quality that sees each ship crafted entirely in-house, at its facilities in Viareggio and Pisa. This led up to the current ‘Rossinavi’ brand, founded in 2007. Today, after launching several luxury yachts from 40-70 metres in length, and with several others in production, the shipyard enjoys growing recognition for its rapid ascent into the market and its ongoing position as the only family-owned-and-operated superyacht company in Italy.


Team for Design is a Yacht Design and Architecture firm established in 2005 and based in Italy, in the historic city of Venice. The most unique town on the water is a cradle of art, architecture and is representative of the Italian Style. Not least, native town of Team for Design’s chief designer Enrico Gobbi. Venice has had a relevant influence on the designer’s professional formation, his strong relation both with architecture and water reflects the presence of both these elements in the old town. Enrico Gobbi, after graduating from the world renowned University of Architecture in Venice (IUAV), obtained a specialization in Yacht Design and started working in the marine industry. Many years of experience achieved by collaborating with some of the most renown design companies and shipyards brought him to become the creative mind of Team for Design. Team for Design along with Enrico Gobbi, bring together designers with different views of design and architecture from all over the world under the same firm, hence the word “TEAM” in our company name. We have an absolute passion for exceptional design, our mood is “all is possible: we draw your dreams… with a realistic vision”. Team for Design’s activities include exterior/interior design of custom superyachts and serial production yachts, beginning from the conceptual drawings up to the executive phase and project management during construction. Not least, the development of exclusive residential projects for some of our affectionate Clients brought us to open a Residential Department that creates luxurious interior design projects and prestigious buildings and villas.




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