Notes From The Editor

Editor's Note: Projects, Launches and Eco Pursuits

Saturday 8th June marked the increasingly significant World Ocean Day. As we report daily on increasingly advanced technology in the superyacht industry, it is vital to remember how this technology can impact - either positively or negatively - our sacred oceans. With the yachting world becoming more and more aware of their own footprint, we began a season of Green Yachting related articles by speaking to leading shipyard, Oceanco to find out their perspective on this global issue.

Following our in depth discussion with the Netherlands based yacht builders earlier in the week, our attention was drawn to Italy where other industry leaders were celebrating the launch of some of the most advanced vessels yet. VSY’s latest 64m yacht, Atomic hit the waters of Livorno which was closely followed by Benetti launching a 63m for a German client, namely Metis.

So while the shipyards are working hard to deliver their latest builds in time for a summer of cruising, elsewhere we spoke to the designers hoping that their projects are the next to fill the empty sheds. First, we looked at Mulder Design’s latest explorer concept; Project Crystal before speaking with none other than Ken Freivokh about the evolution of Project Quantum, an inspired collaboration with Turkish yard, Turquoise Yachts.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a full week of reporting without the busy season for brokerages bringing news of sales and success. Cecil Wright & Partners showed no sign of slowing with their announcement of the sale of Hampshire I. Meanwhile IYC presented stunning new images and preview video of a never-before-photographed Lurssen yacht, Valerie; currently one of the largest yachts for sale in the world.

Finally, we come to our charter focus, which this week explored the attraction of the sophisticated sailing yacht, Palmira. At 45m, the pedigree Fitzroy Build is available for charter with Y.CO this season in the Med.

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We are exploring the option of hydrogen propulsion using the Quantum platform as a test bed. This work is being carried out in collaboration and under the guidance of the top hydrogen research team in Holland.
Ken Freivokh on Project Quantum