It’s 5.50 a.m. when the Vripack team touches down in Hong Kong. Before boarding the high-speed train into the city and to the Ferry Terminal in Kowloon. The sweet aroma of congee easily outdoes that of our Starbucks coffees, which will be our last for the week once we sip our first cups of sublime Chinese tea. We then board a ferry that whizzes through the Pearl River Delta region all the way to Zhongshan, where we are warmly received at the Kingship shipyard.
These visits were by now a familiar routine. The friendly greetings and smiling faces on both sides reflected the long and mutually appreciative relationship that had developed between the Dutch studio and the Chinese builders. Ocean’s Seven is the result of their fifth collaboration, and arguably their finest creating yet.
Vripack has a rich history of supporting greenfield projects where a blank sheet of paper is the starting point. Our holistic approach that encompasses the three disciplines of design, naval architecture, and engineering is particularly suited to such projects. Ocean’s Seven, however, required our in-house teams to collaborate on a whole new level. In other words, Ocean’s Seven was, at the time, the most challenging design, in terms of scale and complexity that the builders had ever brought to life.