Yachting & Boating World: A man has admitted to being involved in a plot to smuggle £100m worth of cocaine into the UK using a yacht.
A man who was charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into the UK pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court on Monday. Stephen Powell, one of six men arrested over the drug smuggling plot, appeared via video link from prison to make his plea after officials seized around a tonne of cocaine on board a yacht Makayabella last month.
The Garda Siochana in Ireland also charged the 47-year-old’s father, John Powell, along with Benjamin Mellor and Thomas Britteon with possessing cocaine with intent to import after they were detained onboard. All three men have appeared at Cork District Court in Ireland.
This latest development comes almost three weeks after the 60ft yacht carrying the drugs was intercepted by Irish Defence Forces around 200 miles south west of Mizen Head.
A successful mission was completed based on intelligence provided by the National Crime Agency in the UK and the French customs service DNRED. Investigators also seized a 25ft motorboat Sea Breeze, moored in north Wales as part of their enquiries.
Two other men, a 43-year-old and a 29-year-old, have also been arrested in connection with a police investigation.
Judge Peter Collier told Mr Powell following his plea: “Stephen Powell, you have pleaded guilty to this very serious offence and obviously you will be receiving, in due course, a significant custodial sentence.”
Mr Powell will appear at a further hearing in early December.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Monaco-based studio insists that this ambitious superyacht design is based on real world technologies.
It’s very easy to dismiss most superyacht concepts as an irrelevance or the product of a feverish imagination, after all 99% of them never make it beyond the drawing board, let alone out onto the water. However, when speaking to Emanuele Gallo Perozzi at Pastrovich Design, it’s clear that there is much more to the company’s latest concept, the X-R-Evolution, than just wishful thinking.
Emanuele told MBY that all of the elements of this radical design (pictured above) are based on real-world technologies and that clients have already registered their interested in creating this vessel.
Designed to satisfy a superyacht owner’s yearning for privacy, the X-R-Evolution features detachable pods or ‘Bungalows’, which can be deployed at various points across a bay, allowing kids, guests and owners to relax in their own separate space. ssentially these are the ultimate in customisable tenders, with Emanuele suggesting that private gardens and floating swimming pools are other possible uses.
Stefano Pastrovich and his team have looked into various offshore technologies to create optimum stability for these craft, such as that used by Dutch company Ampelmann. They have also worked with manufacturers in the kite surfing sector, who build stand-alone inflatable launch platforms, to ensure that this concept is viable.
The result is a carbon fibre hull that can be scaled from 50 metres up to a maximum of 90 metres without the need for a draft in excess of 2.5-metres. This allows owners to moor the mothership close to remote island bays in the Caribbean; the perfect location for making the most out of the freedom that these Bungalows offer.
Emanuele claims that the pods could either be completely detachable or remain linked by tethers, which can harness wave power to generate sustainable energy for use on board the main craft.
It all sounds terribly ambitious, but considering that Pastrovich Studio’s previous credits include work with Bremer Vulkan and the Eric Schmidt Ocean Institute, these claims become all the more credible.