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P/R: Winners announced for Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards

June 26, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

As electric and hybrid technology has become more efficient, a greater number of luxury yacht builders are implementing such systems in their builds. 84m/274ft SAVANNAH from Feadship in 2015 was the first luxury motor yacht to incorporate hybrid technology: the first hybrid sailing yacht was Royal Huisman’s ETHEREAL in 2008. To celebrate the innovation and achievement in this area, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards acknowledge the very best marine technology from the world over. The following is a press release from UKIP Media & Events.

Press Release

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards winners announced

  • Awards ceremony returns for a third consecutive year, honouring the world’s finest engineers, innovations and products in the electric and hybrid marine arena
  • Wärtsilä ends ABB’s two-year dominance as Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, while Corvus Energy scoops two on the bounce for Supplier of the Year
  • Awards presented live at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, Amsterdam RAI, Thursday 23 June

The winners of the third annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced yesterday (23 June) at a ceremony hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Launched in 2014, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards champion the best in technology and innovation in the electric and hybrid marine sector, and are supported by associated publication Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International.

The five winners of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards

 

An international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics from 20 countries decided the winners in each of the five categories: Supplier of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Chief Engineer of the Year, Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year and Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year.

Beating off fierce competition from Feadship, Damen, Østensjø Rederi and the US Navy, Caledonian Maritime Assets won the coveted Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award for a second time in three years, for its MV Catriona hybrid ro-ro passenger and vehicle ferry. Launched in December 2015, the US$17.7m diesel-electric vessel is able to carry 150 passengers and 23 cars, and performs 10 return crossings a day.

Two Saft Seanergy systems are at the heart of its diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system, providing a total of 800kWh of energy storage that powers the vessel in battery mode only and in hybrid mode in combination with a diesel generator. As a result, MV Catriona saves up to 30% in fuel compensation and CO2emissions, using just 500-600 litres of fuel a day instead of 700-800 litres of fuel as used by conventional diesel-electric propulsion systems.

In the Innovation of the Year category, Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution clinched victory, with the judges impressed by its spinning cylinders that allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing enough power to maintain speed and voyage time. It beat off fierce competition in the form of ABB’s Dynamic AC Electric power system, Akasol’s AKARack scalable lithium-ion energy storage solution, the Cell-Cool and Thermal-Stop energy management system by PBES, the Aziprop electric pod motor by Fischer Panda and the variable-speed genset by Hybrid Power Systems.

In the Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year category, Wärtsilä ended ABB’s two-year dominance by clinching the award for its sublime year, which saw a tie-up with Cavotec to jointly develop the world’s first combined induction charging and automotive mooring concept, the creation of a concept for a series of zero- and low-emissions hybrid shuttle ferries; and the supply of a complete electrical propulsion system to the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation cruise vessels. The category also saw nominations for ABB, Visedo Marine, Torqeedo, GE Power Conversion, Transfluid and Fischer Panda.

The Chief Engineer of the Year award went to Pieter Dijkstra, managing director of Visedo Marine, for spearheading the development, delivery and installation of the full drivetrain solution for the E-ferry project. The E-ferry has the largest battery capacity of any ferry in the world, and will be placed in service in June 2017 to transport vehicles and passengers between Ærø island and Denmark’s mainland. Dijkstra also oversaw the supply installation of the complete LNG-electric propulsion drivetrain for the Damen Eco-Liner inland vessel. The judges also noted that Dijkstra played a key role in the company’s acquisition of Dutch integrator and powertrain manufacturer Electric Power Conversion in January 2016.

In the final category, the Supplier of the Year title went to Corvus Energy for the second consecutive year. In 2015, the Canadian energy storage system supplier enjoyed another prosperous year, which saw it integrate a 195kWH Corvus Energy Storage System (ESS) into a propulsion system powering the world’s first electric commercial fishing vessel. 2015 also saw the company announce its latest ESS platform, Orca, and it provided ESSs for an additional nine retrofit hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering. The company also fostered the development of an advanced lithium-ion battery technology. To date, Corvus technology powers more than 50 commercial hybrid and electric maritime installations. This category also included nominations for Eco Marine Power, Stadt, Echandia Marine and Aradex.

John Thornton, editor of Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and co-chairman of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, said, “It’s been another exceptional year for electric and hybrid marine technology, which has been echoed by the strength of this year’s nominees. It was certainly no easy task for the jury panel, and we’d like to congratulate all the winners and nominees for the quantity and quality of pioneering innovation produced over the past year.”

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Experience the best of the Mediterranean from the stunning charter superyacht Tortoise

June 09, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Memorable not only for its appearance but also its eco-friendly, energy-saving measures, the 115-foot Tortoise superyacht is currently available for charter in the West Mediterranean.

Built in 2015, Tortoise is one of the most modern yachts in the global chartered fleet. Aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of superyachts, Arcadia Yachts designed Tortoise with double-glazed solar panels and a fibreglass hull for hydrodynamic efficiency. Switching to the hybrid propulsion engine can achieve up to 8 knots without creating emissions or noise pollution.

arcadia-yacht-tortoise-exterior

Her eco-friendly choices have not come at the expense of luxury: Designer Poltrona Frau has created a stunning modern Mediterranean appearance inside and out by complementing Italian-made dark wood with pale leather and fabric upholstery. Floor to ceiling glass panels provide panoramic views which allows sunlight to stream into the interiors from dawn until dusk.

TortoiseArcadiaSuperYachtLounge (2)

Tortoise can accommodate up to 12 guests in its six cabins: three double cabins, two twin cabins and one master suite. The television room and gym will provide guests with plenty to do when not playing with the variety of water toys, which include water skis, a WaveRunner and wakeboard. Guests will also enjoy their own private verandas and the intimacy of the deck Jacuzzi, saloon and bar.

Tortoise is currently available for charter in the West Mediterranean for approximately $125,000 per week, plus expenses.

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50M ‘FOLLOW THE SUN’ Ultra-Luxurious Catamaran by Dennis Ingemansson

June 03, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Dennis Ingemansson is the designer behind the new and innovative, ultra-luxurious catamaran superyacht concept ‘FOLLOW THE SUN’, created in collaboration with the Turkish shipyard, NedShip Group.

Follow The Sun - a superyacht concept by Dennis Ingemansson

Follow The Sun – a superyacht concept by Dennis Ingemansson

The concept focuses on ecological solutions including a 160+ square metre solar cell area and a hybrid solution with additional e-engines for propulsion during slow cruising. There is a possibility of installing wind turbines, too.

Follow The Sun - a ultra-luxurious catamaran concept by Dennis Ingemansson

Follow The Sun – a ultra-luxurious catamaran concept by Dennis Ingemansson

Follow The Sun boasts sophisticated exterior lines combined with clean surfaces, providing the vessel with an ultra-modern automotive styling.

Follow The Sun - GA - by Dennis Ingemansson

Follow The Sun – GA – by Dennis Ingemansson

The aft section is optimised for a fully certified helipad, according to the Eurocopter 155 standards. The interiors are very spacious, boasting two owner suites, creating an optimal vessel for both private use as well as the luxury charter market. Overall, accommodation is provided in four cabins to eight guests in total.

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First Columbus Sports Hybrid motor yacht ELEONORA III sold to US customer

February 25, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Columbus 40SH ELEONORA III, as named by her new owner, is the first hull of Columbus Sports Hybrid series sold by Palumbo shipyard, and is also the first Columbus yacht sold to a US customer. The owner was impressed with the flexibility of the yacht’s layout and the possibility to easily personalise her, with restyling made-to-measure to suite his needs. The owner will also become a Brand Ambassador for Columbus Yachts in the Americas.

Eleonora III

Eleonora III

ELEONORA III will cruise the Mediterranean this upcoming summer season, following which she will move the the US. It is unknown at this stage whether she will be available for yacht charter, however feel free to contact us for more information on this vessel or any similar superyachts currently on the charter market.

Columbus Yachts also represents the first yacht construction yard to incorporate fuel-efficient Hybrid Technology into a large luxury motor yacht. The hybrid technology built into the new Columbus 40SH was acquired from the cruising and passenger industry where diesel electric technology is well developed.

ELEONORA III is a semi-displacement all-aluminium superyacht and her model was first unveiled in 2014. The yacht brings together high performance, with a maximum speed of 20 knots and reduced environmental impact. In Diesel Electric mode she is capable of cruising quietly using only her diesel electro motors, allowing her guests to experience silent cruising, similar to that aboard sailing yachts, yet with the space and commodity of a motor yacht. In addition, in the electric mode there is an impressive 50+% reduction in fuel consumption as compared to other vessels in her class, as she uses only 2,5 gallons per mile.

Interiors are very flexible, with a use of huge windows and eco-friendly materials. There is accommodation for up to ten guests in five deluxe cabins, with the owner suite located on the main deck. A crew of seven professionals is accommodated in four staterooms.

Various deck spaces allow for plenty of space for sunbathing, al fresco dining and zero speed stabilisers allow for additional comfort. She is RINA class Hybrid Prop, LY2 (LY3 for any 2016 version), Green PLus (Y) classed.

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New 50m Superyacht Series from Henrik Fisker and Benetti

December 23, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Entrepreneur and well-known international designer Henrik Fisker, the founder of Henrik Fisker Design, in collaboration with the renowned Italian shipyard Benetti announce a new 50-metre superyacht series (164′). The new and innovative 50m yacht series will feature naval architecture by Benetti, built in Livorno, Italy to design created in California.

Henrik Fisker's theme sketch for the 50m superyacht concept with Benetti

Henrik Fisker’s theme sketch for the 50m superyacht concept with Benetti

The concept will feature a new platform by Benetti’s engineering department with Fisker’s sporty exterior and interior designs. Fisker is creating a groundbreaking new design concept to intensify and optimise the onboard experience by utilising more space on the spacious superyacht for both social gatherings and leisure. The 50m Benetti concept will boast a new ‘human flow’ element to reduce unused space and increase its usability.

The exterior will be characterised by dramatic lines and the use of light weight carbon fibre and other exotic materials, as well as optimise ocean views from all major cabins, and utilise reclaimed wood, integrated solar panels and optional hybrid power, resulting in a more eco-friendly superyacht.

Henrik Fisker

Henrik Fisker

New design concept will be created for the interior of each one of the three decks that will enhance the space and emphasise comfortable and clean luxury living in a pristine environment. The interiors will boast advanced and sustainable materials, and the latest technology for automated controls and optimal power management.

Amenities aboard will incorporate the very popular beach club, a spa, several bars, a pool and sunbathing areas on multiple decks. Accommodation will be divided into six cabins for 12 guests in total. The yacht will be serviced by a crew of 11 whom will be accommodated in comfortable crew quarters.

Fisker is famous as the international designer for well-known iconic, exotic and collectable cars. He is best known for his BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, as well as the Artega GT, Fisker Karma Hybrid, the Viking motorcycle, Mustang Rocket and most recently, the Force 1 among others. The company, Henrik Fisker Design, was founded in 2013 an industrial design house that works across numerous categories including luxury travel, automotive, architectural design, furniture, smart devices, consumer products and technology.

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Eye-catching Superyacht Arcadia 85 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

November 20, 2015

Written by zuzana

The eye-catching superyacht Arcadia 85 by Arcadia Yachts is a highly innovative vessel, with a simple and understated styling. As environmentally friendly as possible, luxury motor yacht Arcadia 85 features solar panels, used to recharge batteries. Take a look at this outstanding vessel in the video below, captured by ‘ZipZapPower’, while rolling out of Fort Lauderdale, a beautiful Florida yacht holiday location.

The indoors of Arcadia 85 (example is luxury charter yacht Good Life) blend in perfect harmony with the outdoor areas. The aft deck hosts a well protected cockpit, perfect for dining, as well as a generous sunbathing area. The accommodation layout includes four lovely cabins for up to 8 guests, all positioned on the lower deck. There is also space for a crew of 4.

More charter yachts built by Arcadia.

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Significant and intense stage of activities at Arcadia Yachts

November 12, 2015

Written by zuzana

Arcadia Yachts is proud to unveil a significant and intense stage of activities. Six units are currently in build, two units for each new model in the GPR range: Arcadia Sherpa and Arcadia 100. In the meantime the Arcadia 85 reaches hull n.11 and the flagship Arcadia 115 reaches hull n.5.

Arcadia 100 Superyacht in build at Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia 100 Superyacht in build at Arcadia Yachts

“Our new yacht owners will contribute to spread out the presence of our brand worldwide. Arcadia touches base with unexplored waters like Peru and again with Middle East. I believe it’s a very important achievement for a niche product. Our concepts require time to be accepted. We knew from the very beginning, and we still experience it, that there are no “in betweens” with our yachts. I truly did not expect such an extensive territorial coverage in such a short time. But being a transversal product surely helped us to reach different countries and nationalities acclaim,” commented Ugo Pellegrino, President and CEO of Arcadia Yachts.

Moreover, the first Arcadia 100 yacht already has a new Owner. “The first unit of Arcadia 100 belongs to an Italian owner and will remain in Italy,” proudly stated Ugo Pellegrino.

Three of the units under construction have commissions, while the remaining three are to build on spec and will allow Arcadia Yachts to attend the next international boat shows in calendar year 2016 with proper “demo-yachts”. Several and serious negotiations are underway for the new entries Arcadia Sherpa and Arcadia 100, far before their official unveiling and launches. “That to us represents an important achievement. I do believe this fact encourages clients and partners to initiate negotiations with a young shipyard as Arcadia Yachts,” said Ugo Pellegrino.

Francesco Guida, internal and external design at Arcadia Yachts, commented: “This positive trend is the direct result of Arcadia’s commitment to quality, our investments in engineering, production processes and constant research in state-of-the-art green technology. Our long experience in the yachting business and our aim to create ‘forward thinking yachts’ show in our projects and that makes the winning difference.”

Rendering of Arcadia 100 Yacht

Rendering of Arcadia 100 Yacht

ARCADIA 100 UPDATE

Arcadia 100 yacht was officially unveiled as a media preview last April and afterwards introduced to the public during the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival. Arcadia superyacht Hull #01 was contracted last June and sold to an Italian owner. Lamination began at the end of August and as of today production is full swing, with an estimated date of launch before the end of June 2016.

The hull, main deck and superstructure of the first Arcadia 100 yacht have been completed, assembled and positioned in the outfitting shed. Created by Francesco Guida, the interior design of the main deck and guest cabins have been proposed to owner for his final approval.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 100 is being built in GRP and aluminum. She will be a semi-displacement vessel, reaching a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. With a notable gross tonnage slightly under 300 GT, this unit – as all the others in the range, delivers volumes and amenities usually found on much larger yachts. This is a key feature appreciated by the repeat owner who previously experienced an Arcadia 85 yacht.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 100 - Interior

Luxury yacht Arcadia 100 – Interior

Arcadia 100 motor yacht Hull #01 will provide accommodation across 5 luxurious cabins, with the owner’s suite forward on main deck opening directly on the private sun deck, convertible into a dinette, on the bow. The bed – in the middle of the cabin – is facing forward. Washroom, dressing room and vanity area are well integrated in a spacious and very well illuminated environment.

The lower deck hosts two VIP cabins and two guest cabins. There is also a very spacious and well-finished crew area along with a 5,6 meter tender garage, with space available for two water-toys as well.

The main deck – directly connected to the cockpit – features both salon and dining area, creating a single, bright and airy space. Floor to ceiling windows and solar panels give a very exclusive and modern look to the yacht. The double glazing panel that incorporates the photovoltaic cells is a very unique and distinguishable feature of all the living areas on Arcadia yachts and remain their most evident ECO feature. The whole living area can be transformed into a patio at sea (full opening salon) thanks to lateral and aft sliding doors and balconies. The gorgeous ‘al fresco’ zone with direct view of sea is a new solution for Arcadia’s yachts.

The first Arcadia 100 superyacht boasts a new concept flying-bridge, convertible into a sheltered third-deck, completely enclosed and protected by the side windows that can be raised up electrically to meet the hard-top, exactly as it works with cars. Therefore the whole upper-deck area becomes much more flexible and usable in any weather, being air-conditioned in very hot climes or bad weather, or left open and aired if needed, as per any traditional flying-bridge. The third deck features the wheelhouse, a lounge with sofas and coffee tables and wet- bar, while externally, towards the stern, a sun-deck.

At the moment, the Arcadia 100 super yacht Hull #02 is on lamination. This process is expected to be completed by the end of December 2015.

Arcadia 85 Yacht - Photo by Scott Pearson Photography

Arcadia 85 Yacht – Photo by Scott Pearson Photography

ARCADIA 85 YACHT HULL #11 SOLD IN PERU

The layout and the functional living concepts of the Arcadia 85 motor yacht Hull #11, sold to a Peruvian/Latin American owner, are the result of a construction evolution: the linear design of the superstructure and the vertical line of the bow deliver a better use of every single available internal/external space.

The uniqueness of Arcadia’s project is resolving the design solution to integrate solar panels into a performance yacht. The yard’s passion for solar technology and clean mobility is finally expressed in the 26 meter Arcadia 85 yacht with a beam of just over seven meters, equipped with 40 square meters of photovoltaic panels, each composed of hundreds of high performance solar cells.

The design of the Arcadia 85 superyacht reflects simple and understated styling with a harmonious blend between the indoor and outdoor areas. The Arcadia 85’s vast aft-deck lounge boasts a well protected cockpit, ideal for dining, as well as a generous sunbathing area towards the stern of the yacht.

See more charter yachts built by Arcadia.

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Latest images of First Arcadia 100 Yacht revealed by Arcadia Yachts at FLIBS 2015

November 09, 2015

Written by zuzana

The latest images of the new Arcadia 100 yacht were revealed by Arcadia Yachts at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The hull, main deck, as well as superstructure of the solar-powered Arcadia 100 motor yacht Hull no. 1 have been successfully completed. She is expected to hit the water at the end of June 2016, when she will be handed over to her Owner. The yard is already working on the second hull. Read more about Arcadia 100 here.

First Arcadia 100 superyacht under construction

First Arcadia 100 superyacht under construction

Arcadia 100 motor yacht Hull no. 1 in build

Arcadia 100 motor yacht Hull no. 1 in build

First Arcadia 100 Yacht Hull

First Arcadia 100 Yacht Hull

There are more charter yachts built by Arcadia here.

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Launch of New C.Boat 27SC – S Version Motor Yacht DON MICHELE

November 09, 2015

Written by zuzana

The all-new C.Boat 27SC – S Version motor yacht DON MICHELE successfully hit the water in Porto Piccolo Sistiana near Trieste on October 31, 2015. A perfect blend of functionality, design, tradition and technology, superyacht DON MICHELE is a high quality, fully custom vessel, characterized by refinement and elegance.

New 27Sc - S Version Yacht DON MICHELE by C.Boat

New 27Sc – S Version Yacht DON MICHELE by C.Boat

Spreading over three amazing decks, luxury yacht DON MICHELE boasts generous exterior spaces, as well as refined and luxurious interiors, tastefully furnished and made with the finest materials. The lower deck hosts five lovely cabins, including the owner’s suite,  two VIP cabins and two guest cabins with bunk beds. Each cabin is equipped with private bath and separate shower. A large saloon and dining room with separate kitchen can be found on the main deck.

C Boat 27SC-S Version motor yacht DON MICHELE

C Boat 27SC-S Version motor yacht DON MICHELE

Externally, C.Boat 27Sc – S Version yacht DON MICHELE features an amazing dining area aft with table and sofa, as well as a large swim platform equipped with the hydraulic OPACmare transformer, which allows an  easy sea access to the tender. The bow area hosts a large sofa with a vast sundeck behind it.

Newly launched DON MICHELE Yacht

Newly launched DON MICHELE Yacht

Moreover, DON MICHELE superyacht was built to meet the needs of reduced mobility users. All passages have been widened, allowing complete freedom of movement in full autonomy. There is also an exclusive 90cm wide footbridge for easy access from the dock to the vessel, and in the main deck living area a chaise-long can be found, which if needed, can be easily transformed into a bed, and a bathroom with all comforts suited to the needs of reduced mobility users.

Launch of DON MICHELE superyacht

Launch of DON MICHELE superyacht

Ecologically sustainable, C.Boat super yacht DON MICHELE has obtained the exclusive Green Plus Platinum certification issued by RINA. This represents the highest award in terms of ecology and sustainability in the nautical field. DON MICHELE is a 95% recyclable boat, which combined with low pollution impact, ensures the highest environment respect.

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All-steel Motor Yacht 27Sc-S launched by C.Boat

November 05, 2015

Written by zuzana

The all-steel motor yacht 27Sc-S has been recently launched by the Italian builder, C.Boat. Measuring 28,1m in length, the well-sized superyacht 27Sc-S spans over three amazing decks, and mixes up elegance with robustness.

Rendering of motor yacht 27 SC by C.Boat

Rendering of motor yacht 27 SC by C.Boat

Accommodation aboard the all-new C.Boat super yacht 27Sc-S is divided into five lovely cabins, all positioned on the lower deck. There is a lavish owner’s suite, two VIP staterooms, as well as two standard cabins with bunk beds. The main deck features a gorgeous saloon, dining area, galley and bridge.

Boasting the exclusive Green Plus Platinum certification issued by RINA, luxury yacht 27Sc-S is run by twin Caterpillar C18 875 CV engines. She can easily reach a top speed of 12,5 knots and can comfortably cruise at 10 knots.

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