August 12, 2013
Alcoa supplies aluminum for the biggest yacht so far built in Brazil
Hemisphere 140 is extremely light and was launched in July 2013
The aluminum for hull 085 in MCP Yachts’ shipyard, the biggest yacht so far built of aluminum in Latin America, was supplied by Alcoa. The vessel took two and a half years to build and one hundred and fifty professionals worked on the project.
Hemisphere 140, which was launched in July 2013, is extremely light; the shipyard’s travel lift, a device used for placing vessels in water, took just a few minutes to launch the yacht, which will now undergo a period of sea trials. As soon as these have been completed, the yacht will be delivered to its owner.
The 43-meter (140 foot) project was developed by the naval engineering sector of MCP Yachts and has received international certification from Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. During the hydrodynamic trials phase Dutch naval architecture firm, ‘Vripach’, collaborated with MCP in order to develop a hull that provides an exceptional performance in transoceanic navigational situations.
“We’re very proud to be part of such a major project. Hemisphere 140 is surprising because it has the very latest innovations in the international nautical world. In addition to being highly resistant to corrosion, Alcoa’s aluminum has a good strength/weight ratio, which helps reduce the weight of the yacht’s components”, explains José Carlos Cattel, Extruded Products Director for Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil