Oceanco’s Future Proof Concepts

By Christina Tsangaris

Oceanco's NXT is an exciting journey to net-zero emissions, otherwise described as "the future is zero". This movement by the leading shipyard offers new and exciting perspectives on the future demands of the industry, by taking a cross-sector approach to their innovations. The latest concepts belonging to the shipyard channel this philosophy. We take a closer look at Oceanco's vision for the future, through the concepts that are paving the way.


Officially launched during the Monaco Yacht Show 2021, KAIROS, has a symmetrical profile with no ‘forward’ direction to aim towards, like a floating, living island. This elimination of momentum frees those onboard to live fully in the moment, without the sense of urgency to move to a new destination. KAIROS is a new kind of living space that allows an owner and their guests to connect, share and create by synchronously experiencing multiple environments onboard. She offers 90 metres of onboard life without boundaries, created in harmony with Oceanco’s NXT initiative on sustainability and innovation. KAIROS is the result of a first-time collaboration between renowned design studio Pininfarina and large custom yacht builder Oceanco, with technical design and engineering development provided by Lateral Naval Architects.

“KAIROS exemplifies how Oceanco is looking to the future through the integrated NXT approach to yacht design, tapping into the latest developments in technical and propulsion systems while also reflecting how our experience of living spaces is changing,” comments Marcel Onkenhout, Oceanco’s CEO. “When owners see the Oceanco NXT endorsement on a yacht’s design, they know they can expect to enjoy a certain elevated standard of life onboard; one that is in tune with forward-thinking perspectives on sustainability and lifestyle.”


Oceanco has created Esquel in collaboration with Timur Bozca Design, stylist Gina Brennan, Lateral Naval Architects and Engineering, and Pelorus—a leading experiential and yacht expedition travel company. Sporting a displacement hull with a plumb bow, Esquel has been designed for extensive cruising to remote regions extending from the North Pole to the South Pole and everywhere in between.

A perfect blend between an expedition vessel and a superyacht, Esquel offers the best of both worlds. She has a 230 square-metre tender garage for fast ribs, varietal tenders, watersports toys and diving gear. Her expansive uncluttered main deck, measuring 200 square meters has an aft deck glass superstructure with an enclosed pool and wellness area with panoramic views. This deck also offers plenty of space for accommodating locked containers of any sort, as well as additional tenders and off – road vehicles. For those interested in marine biology and ocean conservation, Esquel can become a platform for any number of scientific studies such as coral aquaculture —creating reef farms aboard to help restore our world’s dying reefs.

“Our vision is to create solutions by considering human factors, technology and aesthetics, says Bozca. “We design everything for a reason—not just for the sake of designing. We believe that we must not only create for tomorrow, but also for the day after.”


Tuhura is truly in a category of her own, unlike any yacht on the market. Her design harkens back to ancient times. The exterior styling is reminiscent of early canoes; dugouts and other vessels used hundreds of years ago by indigenous people all over the world. The Polynesians, in particular, famously made long voyage explorations across thousands of miles of open Pacific Ocean in their outrigger canoes. Oceanco's thinking behind revisiting basic primal forms is to evoke a sense of exploration and discovery. In fact, the actual name, ‘Tuhura’ is derived from the Maori verb meaning: to discover, bring to light, unearth, open up, explore, and investigate.

Working with the team at Pelorus to fully understand the true nature of adventures in remote places such as Greenland and Patagonia, Esquel has been designed and engineered to carry and deploy two submarines, a land vehicle, and motorbikes, as well as accommodate a helicopter. She can also be equipped with laboratories for scientific experiments and exploration.

By Christina Tsangaris
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