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INTRODUCTION

Captain Giuliano Mussone, first came into contact with INVADER on August 1997 in Palma de Mallorca.On October 2000 he was engaged by Blue Sea Inc, an international company based in Anguilla, to look for a large and impressive vessel. He set about searching for the vessel he remembered as the most beautiful vessel he had ever seen.

Finally, after months of research, he found at L¸rssen Shipyards in Bremen ñ Germany - the hull of the INVADER, empty and without any of its masting.

He discovered also that the owners of the hull, with its sublime proportions, had been seduced by the vesselís history but had given up the challenge of restoring it. After a careful study, in collaboration with the highly qualified director of L¸rssen, Mr. Michael Breman, and the director of refitting, Mr. Steffen Mayer, Captain Mussone submit the ship to Blue Sea Inc in December 2000. The proposal was accepted and the hull of the INVADER was purchased.

The negotiations for the purchase were concluded thanks to the in-depth work carried out by the Societeí Civile Professionelle DíAvocats Gerard Germani of Nice, France, who are specialists in maritime matters and who also have offices in Martinique, an island not far from Anguilla, the head office of Blue Sea Inc.

Captain Mussone, an Italian, who signed on at the age of 14 as a ship-boy, with more than half a century of sea faring experience gained principally on prestigious sailing-ships, between ports, in shipyards, opted for Viareggio, Italy, as the home for the refitting.

WHY VIAREGGIO

Viareggio is known as one of the most important nautical centers on the world. Italyís image as builder of the most beautiful boats in the world, both sailingyachts and motoryachts, is also due to the vitality of Viareggioís industries and of its craftmen.

The spirit that animated Capt. Mussone to chose Viareggio was to take advantage of this ìhistoric eventî to evaluate and evidence the artistic skill of the small and medium enterprises that can be so motivated in front of such a stimulating job.

 

FROM BREMEN TO VIAREGGIO - 2.800 MILES

A Schooner on a cargo ship

In the previous paragraph, ìwhy Viareggioî, we described and explained the reason for the choice of this port. Abiding by this decision turned out to be not an easy undertaking because it meant not only transferring Invader from the L¸rssen shipyards in Bremen, Germany all the way to Viareggio, but once arrived there was also the need to find an area which could fulfill our logistical needs.

The transportation of the Invader could have taken two months. It was necessary to call on the spirit of enterprise and invention which is typically Italian in order to avoid this delay to the work.

As the hull had no launching cradle and as it was not possible to make one immediately "in situ", we decided to ask a Polish shipyard for assistance. The plans of the hull were sent and after only a week the launching cradle was finished, painted and delivered to Bremen.

Deciding which of the proposals put forward by the different companies for the transportation by sea involved a delicate process of selection. We chose a company called ìSpliethoffî. Mr. Pieter Flohil, the head of the Monaco office was a dynamic organizer. He succeeded in arranging the transport on board the ìTravellerî in record time; he had demonstrated this same dynamism in the obtaining of the launching cradle.

After the voyage from the L¸rssen Shipyards in Bremen via a technical stop-over in Palma de Mallorca, the ìTravellerî unloaded the hull of the Invader onto a pontoon in the port of La Spezia on February the 24th 2001. The reason for this choice is easily explained; it was necessary to reduce the time for the bureaucratic procedures required by the authorities for the towing of the ship by sea.

On the morning of 26/02, the Invader arrived in the port of Viareggio. Without running any risk in the phase of entry into the port and thanks to the perfect location in the docks of the shipyards of Lusben Craft, in the space of an hour the hull had been lifted by a 5000 ton travel lift and placed on a special trolley for transport into the designated area.

This operation was completed by the evening of the same day. The sea towing and the technical organization had been organized with great professionalism by the firm ìDa Verazzanoî, directed by Captain Giorgio Poletti.