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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’.
The underrated and highly complex brief of a naval architect is to bring together all of the various, oftentimes conflicting, processes and people necessary to bring a new build to life. Yet exactly what a naval architect does, how this differs to the job of a designer and how this aligns with our industry’s growing trends, remains shrouded in mystery for many. We talked face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) with some of the biggest names in the sector to uncover just what naval architecture means to the men and women behind the desks.
Sustainability, efficiency and performance. These three intrinsically linked and increasingly important trends are integral to each stage of yacht design, development and construction. Michael Kohler, CEO of Austrian builder of luxury solar-powered catamarans, is a well-versed expert on the absolute necessity of these factors to the longevity of our industry. We caught up with Michael to hear more about the momentous strides Silent-Yachts is taking in the field of sustainable yachting.
DIV Shipbuilding Group recently made headlines as the contract was signed to build the ‘world’s largest private residence yacht’, the 282-metre NJORD. The intriguing project will feature 118 private residences for sale, as well as a number of superyacht amenities and design features. A far cry from a conventional superyacht, NJORD could not by the same token be fairly labelled a cruise ship, and will also incorporate a vision of sustainability and scientific research. We caught up with exterior designer Espen Oeino to discuss the multifaceted project, and whether she is symbolic of larger shifting trends in superyacht ownership and enjoyment.
Proudly waving the flag for British design talent on the global stage, Bannenberg & Rowell Design has dominated the field of superyacht design for two decades. Recently making headlines as Lurssen’s Project Hawaii nears delivery, we thought a catch up with the busy pair to be long overdue.
The controversy and damage caused by cruise ships during the Covid-19 pandemic should not impede superyachts from travelling between ports to reach marinas and shipyards, where maintenance work can provide a much-needed stimulus to trades. Craig Martin, Captain of 60m CRN superyacht Ramble on Rose, explains how his yacht has been kept successfully in isolation at Brisbane-based shipyard Rivergate, demonstrating why the care and smaller scale of superyachts should allow for more industry specific travel restrictions than those imposed on very large passenger vessels.