17 November 2023






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The 2017 built 98 metre long (loa) superyacht AVIVA entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Thursday 5th October, 2023 passing breakwaters at 1403 hrs coming from Gibraltar.

She is the fourth yacht named AVIVA  built for the British businessman,investor, and philanthropist Joe Lewis who holds a number of assets mainly through his Tavistock Group investment portfolio. He was previously the majority owner of ENIC Group, which is also the majority owner of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, between 1991 until October 2022and replaces the 68m AVIVA. She was built by Lemwerder,based German builder Abeking & Rasmussen.

She acts as Lewis’s floating home and office, and features an indoor, full-sized padel tennis court. Stretching across a length of 20 meters and a width of 10 meters, the court area goes up 6.65 meters high, a space that would be difficult to fit into any type of yacht.

The powerful looking hull is the result of new research and testing which ensures superior seakeeping abilities combined with a 20% decrease in drag. Less engine output is required, fuel consumption is reduced and the maximum speed is a full 20 knots. A very special feature is the hybrid drive system of which it allows the yacht to run at up to 11 knots without the use of the main engines, using electric motors only.

In terms of exterior relaxation areas, AVIVA features a circular set of lounging pads up on her sun deck as well as small, hidden away lounging pads towards the yacht’s bridge. Apart from her sundeck, most of the areas on the superyacht are found inside, which gives her tremendous volume required for a live onboard owner. An exterior lounging area can, however, still be found aft of the main, upper and third decks with a series of lounging chairs and sun pads. A swimming platform also opens up onto the sea, creating a beach club area, her tenders being launched through side doors.

On Monday 6th November, 2023 after 1600 hrs she shifted from Hamilton Wharf, Palumbo Malta Superyachts towards MMH Facilities at the inner part of Grand Harbour.

And last Tuesday 14th November, she had to shift again to Hamilton due to a restricted space for Passenger Ships serving as shuttle with the SIGMA 2023 Expo.


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