INACE Yachts (Indústria Naval do Ceará) has been building and repairing ships since the 1960s when the shipyard was established. Located in Fortaleza, Ceará State, Brazil, the company is a large, leading shipyard in steel and aluminium luxury yacht construction in Latin America, and holds a unique position as a private shipyard building warships for the Brazilian Navy and export.
INACE was the first aluminium shipbuilding yard in Brazil, and after 15 years achieved the number one position in tonnage processed. During this time, INACE constructed, converted or repaired over 1000 ships, including fishing boats, tugs, pushers, barges, offshore support vessels, luxury yachts and patrol craft, and never stopped building, even in the 1990s when the Brazilian naval industry experienced a serious crisis.
This consistent record created an impressive reputation in commercial repair and construction, in addition to luxury yacht construction and private military ship construction in Brazil. In 1987, the company built and exported the first of a six yacht series to the United States, signalling its entry into the American market. After this, more than 15 luxury yachts were delivered to the US, Canada and Europe, including the ‘Joana II’ owned by the famous Formula 1 and Formula Indy world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.
Some regard this yacht as the beginning of INACE’s current high-standing in the construction of superyachts and luxury expedition yachts. Indeed, the company has made great strides in the building and refitting of luxury yachts, and today INACE Yachts are some of the top choices for charter yachts around the world, including vessels such as the Unforgettable, an entertaining superyacht with unique interiors. Built in 1999 by INACE, she emerged from a 2003 refit in pristine condition. The 30m craft sleeps ten guests in five cabins and boasts an attentive and professional crew of five.
In 2008, INACE launched the in-house designed INACE 111, named Catalonian Spirit. A spacious 34m trideck, with a 250t displacement, Catalonian Spirit is built in steel and aluminium, and designed for world cruising, with a range of 4000nm.
In order for passengers to enjoy the outside space to its maximum, Catalonian Spirit features a large sundeck with a Jacuzzi, while its interior spaces are comfortable and spacious, and finished to an exacting standard.
Another unique feature of this yacht are her six guest cabins. There is a large owner’s cabin on the main deck, a VIP cabin on the bridge deck, and three double and two twin cabins on the lowerdeck, all featuring exquisite wood furniture and luxurious fittings. Her bridgedeck features a comfortable lounge, with a bar that has a rare Brazilian granite top, and is equipped with an icemaker, fridge and wine cooler. Catalonian Spirit is powered by twin C-18 Diesels, and cruises at 12 knots.
Another new motor yacht from INACE was launched in 2010. Named Boundless, she is a steel hull motor yacht of 98ft LOA and can accommodate up to six guests in three guest cabins and one master suite. This luxury vessel’s sophisticated exterior design and engineering are the work of Jon Overing Custom Yacht Designs. Michael Kirchstein has designed the yacht’s interior. In this vessel INACE has increased in a much greater degree of sophistication and detail in its interior, equivalent to the best yachts in Europe.
This explorer luxury yacht has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure with a beam of 7.16m and a 2.13m draft. Boundless is built to comply with MCA and American Bureau of Shipping standards, and is capable of 12 knots flat out, with a cruising speed of ten knots from her 30, 280-litre fuel tanks.
Boundless is a strong vessel with many environmentally friendly features, such as her fast displacement bulbous bow hull and low horsepower Tier II compliant computer controlled engines. Amongst other features are the marine sanitations devices and oily bilge water separator that produce a pure and clean overboard discharge.
Alongside its luxury yacht capability, INACE also builds fishing boats, tugs, offshore vessels and naval vessels. The relationship between INACE and the Brazilian Navy has been close since the company was founded, and in 1996, the company was again contracted to build two patrol craft, delivering the first ship (Guanabara) in July 1999 and the second (Guarujá) in November 1999. The Brazilian Navy acquired 12 ships in the same project, including six constructed in Germany, and the two units made by INACE become the fastest in their class.
To achieve Navy standards, INACE has invested in advanced computer assisted design capabilities and computer systems to support ship production, as well as in production equipment and tooling. A complete in-house staff of naval architects, engineers, designers and draftsmen work together to produce the quality vessels, in a large vessel construction and repair complex served by its own ship lifting platform of 80×15 metres, capable of handing vessels of up to 1.800 metric tons. The yard has repair berths (30x50m and 2x80m) and a separate annex housing a new building complex entirely dedicated to the construction of its yachts for the export market.
INACE is currently building 19 new vessels, including tugboats, crew boats and fast supply vessels. The company has experienced decades of change and growth and emerged as the leading regional shipyard with the capability to attract both national and international contracts in repair and construction.
Building ships since the 1960s
Provides luxury yachts and other vessels
Yacht ‘Boundless’ launched in 2010