ALVA Yachts, the German builder of electric solar catamarans and sail boats, announced marine specialist and former Oyster Yachts Chief Operating Officer, Peter Hamlyn, as its new COO based out of the brand’s Antalya shipyard.
Following a successful career which started at Princess Yachts in the late 1980s as an apprentice, right through to management spanning a 30-year service before moving to Fairline as Operations Director in 2018 and then Oyster in 2021, Hamlyn joins ALVA at an exciting time as it head towards its first Ocean ECO 60 getting on the water this autumn.
When asked what attracted him to the role at ALVA Hamlyn said: “I met ALVA’s CEO Holger Henn and our careers have taken almost identical paths both originally starting as carpenters. We share the same passion for the ocean, ethics and work culture and having spent three weeks on the road with Holger exploring every corner of ALVA’s business from Antalya to Dubia, Bulgaria to the UK and Germany, I was inspired and excited to join the team.
“Having worked in the marine industry my whole life, teamed with my love of nature, I wanted to be a part of something great, something that would keep me in the marine sector but more responsibly. I’ve followed ALVA since the start and although its new technology and beautiful lines caught my attention, its innovation to move to full electric and hydrogen is something else and to me, this was a game changer for the industry.”
“We are extremely happy to welcome Peter to the ALVA family, his experience and knowledge in the industry is unmatched and everyone in the team is excited to work with him,” Holger Henn, CEO at ALVA Yachts said of Hamlyn’s appointment.
Hamlyn joins a new team at ALVA consisting of experienced boat builders, engineers and technical experts which although in its infancy brings with it the advantage of not having a pre-existing culture of a much larger and well-established business.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to really create something great, something to be proud of, have fun whilst working hard, challenging the norm whilst building a sustainable future for our children and their children and feel strongly that it’s the right time to be giving back,” Hamlyn said. “Developing people is something I have always had a passion for, having been the first executive at Princess to be internally promoted from the shop floor. This precedence led the way for a culture of internal promotions and training. ALVA’s yachts are still made with artisan skills, not robots and although there is higher tech than when I started my career, most of the work is still done by hand by a team with a real eye for perfection.”
ALVA Yachts’ first Ocean ECO 60 is expected to take to the water this fall with the Ocean ECO 90 following by the end of the year. It is also currently building the world’s first fuel-less 90-foot superyacht catamaran with wings, the Ocean ECO 90 H2 as well as the Ocean ECO 78.