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A festive mood spread over the NISI Yachts shipyard in Zhuhai, China this past week, as the employees were treated to an afternoon of fun during the NISI 2400GT Keel Laying Celebration.

The “keel” is a large beam around which shipbuilders make the hull of a ship or yacht. It is generally the first part of the vessel to be constructed. Laying the keep or placing the keep in the cradle in which the engineers build the yacht, is a momentous event in the vessel’s construction. It is therefore usually marked with a ceremony. Builders throughout the ages and in many different regions of the world have marked the keel with positive sentiment to invoke good fortune during the yacht’s construction and throughout its future years at sea.

The new NISI 2400GT model will have increased efficiency and enhanced performance and is scheduled to launch in Summer 2012.