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When it comes to engineering luxury, Lateral Naval Architects is no stranger to an ambitious brief. Discussing the emerging trends taking the superyacht industry by storm, from environmental solutions to redefining comfort, James Roy, Managing Director of Lateral Naval Architects, shares today’s luxury brief, as the powerhouse pioneers transition into a new era of innovation.
Born from a first-time collaboration between Oceanco and Italian design studio Pininfarina, the game-changing new concept KAIROS has been unveiled. Built on Oceanco’s NXT platform of sustainability and innovation, KAIROS aims to advance the onboard experience and connectivity to the sea to new extremes.
Discussions of sustainability are getting louder. From hybrid propulsion systems to lightweight, energy-efficient materials, almost every yacht builder or designer can pride themselves on making more effort to build more sustainably today than they did ten or 15 years ago. Very few of them however have gone so far as to lay out a feasible and industry-wide solution to achieve ‘zero’; zero carbon, zero emissions. This is exactly what James Roy and the rest of the team at Lateral Naval Architects have done. The only thing standing between James and his vision for the future? Some visionary yacht owners, an organised movement, and a multi-billion pound investment.
The second article in our series on naval architecture brings us inevitably to the topic of sustainability. Whether due to higher levels of information and education, or public personas and a shifting demographic of owners, the superyacht industry is becoming increasingly conscious of its environmental footprint. We examine how the architects behind the operation, fuelling and power generation of the world’s ocean giants play an integral role in this discussion, the complexities around this, and what the future looks like for ‘green yachting’.
Oceanco have brought a brand new Top 100 model to the market: Esquel. The 105m was unveiled today at the Dubai International Yacht Show - a colossal build made for the exploration of new territories. This diesel-electric boat has been created in conjunction with Timur Bozca Design, stylist Gina Brennan, Lateral Naval Architects and Engineering, and Pelorus - a leading experiential yacht travel company.