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Mega Yacht Project Columbus 80m To be Completed in 2018

June 08, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Columbus Yachts have announced that the completion of their 80m mega yacht is expected earlier that the initially set date. Columbus Classic 80m is scheduled for delivery next year, instead of 2019. The yacht will be transported to Columbus’s facilities in Ancona by the end of this year, where her hull and aluminium superstructure will be joined.

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings exterior

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings exterior

This imposing 79.50-metre vessel will feature an exterior design by Hydro Tec and interior design by Francesco Guida Design. Columbus 80m will have a beam of 13 metres and an internal volume of 2150 GT.

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings - exterior

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings – exterior

The full-beam deck will allow for plenty of luxurious living spaces. One of the outstanding amenities of Columbus 80 will be a huge swimming pool with hydro massage, which will measure seven metres long and have a waterfall. Like most brand new mega yachts, Columbus 80 will be equipped with a helipad. Among other amenities, there are sauna, beach club, gymnasium and cinema theatre. There will also be lots of storage space to water toys and tenders.

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings 3 - Columbus Yachts

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings 3 – Columbus Yachts

Accommodation will be provided in 6 cabins for a total of 12 guests, plus another cabin on the lower deck for guests or staff members.

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings 2

Columbus Classic 80m Renderings 2

Powered by a pair of MTU 16V 4000M63L diesel engines, the yacht will be able to reach a top speed of 16.50-metre and cruise comfortably at 12 knots.


88m Feadship: the latest superyacht to switch to Seahub

March 13, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Hunter Oceanic is excited to announce the recent completion of a fully supported deployment of Seahub onboard an 88m Feadship in Miami, Florida. The deployment involved a complete migration of 6 years’ worth of data from an existing system to the newly released Seahub platform.  

Installing Seahub on 88m Feadship Superyacht - Image © Hunter Oceanic

Installing Seahub on 88m Feadship Superyacht – Image © Hunter Oceanic

Seahub was compared against other major providers in the market and the decision was made to go with the Australian product based on its ease of use and comprehensive support network. “We compared a number of products available on the market, but we were looking for a more highly supported platform,” says the Captain.

The data migration and account set up process was outsourced to the Seahub installation team. Technical Director, Matt Hyde spent three weeks onboard working closely with the engineering department to deliver a concise and comprehensive deployment and training package. “The migration involved 350 components, 1000 maintenance schedules, 2500 documents and over 3000 inventory Items,” says Hyde.

Hyde worked very closely with the Chief Engineer onboard, who has been using the original system for almost 6 years now. “When implementing a new planned maintenance system one of the most worrying things is the transfer of all previous information. Matt and his team made sure that the transition toSeahub was seamless” says the Chief Engineer.

Maintenance UI - Image © Hunter Oceanic

Maintenance UI – Image © Hunter Oceanic

During the deployment, direct feedback from the engineering team was welcomed and discussed amongst the Seahub team. Where fit, suggestions were implemented and this process is still continuing today. “Whilst bringing the system online they were open to our suggestions and I almost feel like we have a system that is tailor made to our needs,” says the Chief Engineer.

Extensive hands-on training was provided to all members of the engineering team and continued each day throughout the three-week site visit. “The training and support were very clear and concise. Matt was very knowledgeable about the system and was able to give the engineering team onboard a good understanding of the inner working of the system as well as helping us getting to grips with the practicality of everyday use. This hasn’t stopped since the system was handed over, the Seahub support team are available 24/7 for any advice and assistance that is required” says the Chief Engineer.

The immediate benefits of the platform were observed first hand by the installation team. “The previous system was only available on one computer, now all 4 engineers can log onto Seahub at the same time and work independently using the new planned maintenance system. I’m even seeing an iPad used now in the bilge managing stock control”.

This Feadship is just the latest vessel making the switch to the highly intuitive and easy to use platform for managing their day-to-day maintenance and inventories. The team at Hunter Oceanic strive to evolve Seahub to meet the industry needs and will continue this for years to come.

Carbon hulls prove popular for Baltic Yachts

January 24, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

With the approaching launch of PINK GIN VI, Baltic Yachts announces that it has received orders for three new carbon composite sailing yachts, measuring between 85ft and 142ft.

Baltic Yachts facility - Jakobstad, Finland

Baltic Yachts facility – Jakobstad, Finland (Photo credit to Baltic Yachts)

The new projects will involve the talents of world-leading naval architects and designers, including Malcolm McKeon, Mark Whiteley and Lucio Micheletti to create the ultimate combination of performance, luxury and beauty.

What are the advantages of carbon composite hulls?

Composite materials have long been used in the marine industry to increase speed, maintenance, efficiency and stability. As fabrication methods improve, carbon fibre as a composite is increasing in popularity and in turn, reducing the costs to manufacture it.

Composite materials – and in particular carbon composites – have a high strength to weight ratio, making them light and durable, enhancing performance and reducing the impact of the roll when conditions on the water are less than ideal.

Baltic Yachts carbon composite sloop - (Photo credit to Baltic Yachts)

Baltic Yachts carbon composite sloop – (Photo credit to Baltic Yachts)

Baltic yachts in 2017

PINK GIN VI will become the world’s largest carbon fibre sloop at 175ft and her launch later in 2017 is expected to be one of the most impressive superyacht launches of the year.

CEO Henry Hawkins said: “Baltic Yachts is enjoying fair winds right now with a healthy and diverse order book. The Baltic team has a busy year ahead with existing projects and is looking forward to starting work on these new orders.”

The three new carbon composite sailing yachts will commence later in 2017.

Top 10 Bizarre Yacht Concepts

December 01, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The yachting industry is booming, attracting some young and ambitions designers, as well as some bespoke design studios who have been in the yachting for a while. The explanation is simple: “the limit is the sky” – say some designers, comparing boats and yachts to other architectural concepts in the world. The question is, are they realistic, lucrative, and will they ever make it to the market? Here we have compiled a list of the most outrageous superyacht concepts.

1. Yacht Island Design

Dreaming of your own luxury superyacht? Dream bigger! Because the Yacht Island Design studio likes to do things differently, they suggest you have the whole island, or streets of Monaco, or a palace as a superyacht. The company has now designed 5 concepts, with 2 of them soon to be presented, and one called “Tropical Island Paradise” that you might have already seen before. This is an absolute head-turner concept. Does is look like it will be brought to life?


Tropical Island Yacht Design


Yacht Island Design “Tropical Island Paradise”

2. Trilobis

Trilobis is the first eco-yacht that looks like a spaceship but provides a unique underwater experience on board. Although it all sounds a little complicated, interior of the vessel is quite simple: it consists of living spaces over 4 levels and accommodates up to 6 guests. However, the best part of the luxury experience starts at the underwater glass room, designed for the best views with 6 seats, software that controls lighting and electromechanical windows that change transparency automatically depending on the outside light.


Trilobis Yacht

3. Ikkar Transforming Yacht

The 150-metre yacht concept was developed by Julien Anglade. This is a hybrid yacht that can transformed into different shapes depending on the passengers’ preferences. Ikkar accommodates 50 guests assisted by a crew of 70. Living spaces are enormous, with an option of having a huge swimming pool, a cinema theatre and other luxury entertainment spaces.

Ikkar Transforming Yacht

Ikkar Transforming Yacht

4. Infinitas

This yacht design concept evolved from the symbol for infinity, which has been abstractly expressed in the exterior. Infinitas has a very impressive feature – the pool deck. It is extraordinary, as guests would have had three option how to cross it: to dive in the underwater opening in her layout from one site to another; to use an overhead skybridge; or to go through a lower level lounge. Guests on board surely would have been entertained.



Infinitas Pool deck

Infinitas Pool deck

5. Project Magnitude

Project Magnitude was originally design by Lukas Opalinski based on Y700 Oceanco Series. This 90m superyacht is a representation of the innovative technology with functional design. One of the key features in her design was a unified platform that could be opened from the watersport deck allowing to launch water toys or even do some morning exercises and jogging.


Project Magnitude

6. Tofi

The winner of the 2011 “Dremboat” Millennium yacht design award, yacht Tofi was designed by Hyun Seok Kim. The concept is built on the idea of a total comfort. This compact yacht comprises of so much space, and all you need for a staying on board throughout your journey: two bedrooms and a living room, large terrace for entertainment facilities, a small room with a hole on the floor for fishing, and the roof for a bbq, sunbathing and social gatherings.


Tori Yacht


Tori at night

7. Why

Famous French high fashion luxury good manufacturer Hermes in 2009 designed a superyacht concept “WHY”. Together with the shipbuilder Wally, Hermes proposed an idea of the £90-million yacht concept that would measure 58 x 38 metres. Superyacht Why was supposed to present a vessel not just as a form of transport but also as a comfortable luxury villa. The designers who developed the concept saw an opportunity on the market for creating an owner’s own space that could be taken on any voyage without being in a hurry to arrive at any destination.


Yacht Why


Wally and Hermes: Yacht Why

8. Emax Excalibur

Emax Excalibur definitely deserves to be called the “Future Superyacht”. This concept was presented by Sauter Carbin Offset Desing in collaboration with Ned Ship as “the green vessel”. This is due to the fact that this yacht is covered with solar panels and built from kevlar and carbon, and is completely carbon neutral. The Plug-in Max Excalibur can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots, and cruise at a speed of 18 knots.

Emax Excalibur

Emax Excalibur

9. U-010 Undersea

If you are a fan of the underwater world, and snorkelling and diving is just not enough for you, why do not consider a submarine yacht? The U-010 yacht concept created by young designers Marina Colombo and Sebastiano Vida combines all features of both luxury superyacht and submarine. The double-skin hull with a layer of aluminium and high-modulus steel allows the vessel to move under water at a top speed of 10 kn and at a maximum depth of 200 feet. A large number of windows and very welcoming interior design  provide comfort on board and astonishing views.

U-010 Exterior

U-010 Exterior

U-010 yacht

U-010 Yacht

10. Voronoi

“The floating snowflake”, “the most beautiful yacht in the world”, “the most extravagant yacht design” – all these are description of the, indeed, very thrilling yacht design concept Voronoi. Hyun-Seek Kim presented this concept in 2011 and called her “Voronoi”, which is a surname of the Russian math professor Gregory Voronoy. The design follows a pattern of an algorithmic diagram by Voronoy, which in practise removes unnecessary blocks of solid spaces, while creating a solid and tough structure.


Voronoi concept


Voronoi yacht

Amazing Glass Yacht the 110m HALYCON by New York Designer

August 07, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

The American based GILL SCHMID DESIGN of New York has released details of their incredible new superyacht design which features extensive and innovative use of glass, a product perhaps not traditionally associated with boats, til now. Not to finish there, the yacht design called HALYCON 110 metre also features a floating waterfall.

Aft Deck - The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Aft Deck of the Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

PR: The 110m HALYCON super yacht project is the newest in a series of innovative designs by  GILL SCHMID DESIGN.

The project is the result of focused investigations and elaborate design studies, offering a new direction in yacht design, exploiting possibilities in the use of glass/glazing.

The yacht from above

The yacht from above

The superstructure comprises of floor to ceiling undulating glazing (a combination of white glass and reflective glass) with the aim to provide maximum privacy for the owner and guests.  The white one-way glass is transparent from the inside and opaque looking from outside. The  white glass panels on the observatory deck above the wheelhouse and on bridge deck above  the VIP suits blend in seamlessly with the white superstructure, giving an overall monochromatic effect. The idea is to blend superstructure and glazing into one entity.

Side Profile - The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Profile – The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Some of the key features of this vessel are the two glass bottomed swimming pools, one on  the main deck and one staggered in section on the upper deck. They are connected with a  waterfall flowing between the two levels, which is framed by a generous rectangular opening in the deck. This creates the effect of terraced aft deck spaces or a somewhat landscaped  tiered arrangement, offering physical and visual sectional connections.


Bow – The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

This space is further enhanced or framed by the louvered ‘gill’ glass doors on the main deck,  creating a deep inside/ outside space around the main pool area.

Pool area and aft deck - The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Pool area and aft deck – The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Further features of this unique vessel, besides the expansive and unique outdoor deck spaces, are the large owner suite with his and hers saunas, six guest and two VIP suites, two  hull infinity jacuzzis, a casino, front facing formal dining with panoramic views, a sky lounge  and cocktail bar with panoramic lounge spaces and retractable front facing glass facade  on the observatory deck, the expansive beach club with open-able hull doors offering visual  and physical access to the sea, a gymnasium, sauna, plunge pool and massage areas, full  helicopter landing on the observatory deck, plus an additional retractable touch and go helicopter landing on the main deck aft between the two jacuzzis, a fully equipped tender garage  (with enough space for two 10 meter tenders, icon aircraft, submarine storage, plus multiple  toys) and very generous crew quarters (37 crew) with large crew spaces.



GILL SCHMID DESIGN (formerly Impossible Productions Ink LLC, established in 2009) is a  New York based design company, led by Alistair Gill (UK) and Veronika Schmid (AUT), specializing in Yacht Design, Architecture and Art Services. The studios design philosophy is to  develop contemporary intelligent cutting edge designs. Alistair Gill, born and raised in the UK. He is a trained architect and has worked in world renowned yacht design and architecture offices (including Martin Francis Design) for 15+ years  before relocating and establishing GILL SCHMID DESIGNin New York. He has served as a  professor at some of the most prestigious architecture schools, including the Architectural Association in London and Columbia University (NYC).

alistair gill

alistair gill

Veronika Schmid, born and raised in Austria, Germany and the US. She is a trained architect  and has worked in world renowned yacht design and architecture offices (including Martin Francis Design) for 15+ years before relocating and establishing GILL SCHMID DESIGN  in New York. She has served as a professor at some of the most prestigious architecture  schools, such as the Architectural Association in London, Harvard University and RISD. She has been collaborating with world renowned artists on the design, manufacturing and project  management for sculptural work since 2001.

veronika schmid

veronika schmid

Some other interesting projects by the American based luxury yacht designer:

A 100 meter yacht design

A 100 meter yacht design

120 m yacht design

120 m yacht design

90 m superyacht design

90 m superyacht design

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.”

Press Release: The quest for better boats in less time continues at Vripack

June 15, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Better known to the public as the next-gen technology for gaming, virtual reality headsets are an effective tool to allow designers to review their work without the need to build scaled models.

Vripack Studio has put virtual reality to use to assess ship design and space efficiency before committing to a build, leading to significant reductions in production time and cost. The following is a Press Release from Vripack on the use of virtual reality within the design process.

Press release

The quest for better boats in less time continues at Vripack

In their third of a six-year- mission to reduce the construction time of any new yacht by at least 25%, the Vripack Studio recently made another leap forward. By making use of Virtual Reality they manage to review both design and engineering and bring back fail cost by a staggering 75%.

Creative director Bart Bouwhuis of Vripack explains: “After years and years of very low incremental growth the recent developments in Virtual Reality are exponential now and allow us to use this tool for our reviews instead of making mock ups, prototypes and pre-fabrication. So the cost related to that as well as the time consumption is now fully eliminated. It’s part of history.”

“The initial use, straight out of the box, has allowed for checks of spaces, volumes, heights, sight lines, stairs and what have you more. After nearly twelve months of R&D we’re at a stage where we’re reviewing complete installation sequences, maintainability, accessibility and so on and so forth. We’re basically evaluating the assembly process and the future maintenance of the whole yacht, let aside the training and instructions possibilities for the workers, all this before any hour is wasted on building something that could be done better and in less time,” Bart confirms.

“Our innovations in construction processes already led to the development of Smart Kit ® resulting in a 15% hull building time reduction. This innovation is followed by Boat Blocks ® that we currently use in production and through which we already see double digit savings. With the development of Virtual Prototyping ® we enter a third phase of evolution. With the first yachts in built, using the combination of these modern design solutions, it’s a bit early for final conclusions on exact time saved but I can disclose that we’re heading towards well over 20% and we’re building at very reputable yards which themselves are even more amazed by the efficiency and added quality of their new work,” Bart proudly smiles.

In 2014 Vripack released their 2019 vision in which they give themselves six years to reach the goal of reducing building time by at least 25% while delivering a better boat. The first results of their in-house created innovations show they’re well ahead of schedule. With their can-do mentality and three more years to come this is very promising to say the least.

About Vripack ®
Established in 1961, Vripack is a leading full service yacht design, naval architecture and engineering studio with over 7300 projects under its belt. Vripack focuses on realizing better ships in less time for private customers and yards world-wide. At Vripack we believe that a good design should not meet all requirements, it should surpass them in order to create a boat that goes beyond dreams.

Wild Group Coat 58m Motor Yacht ILLUSION V with ToughGuard

April 04, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Wild Group has announced the completion of yet another ToughGuard Project – coating the hull of the 58-metre motor yacht ILLUSION V. The works have taken place at the Benetti Shipyard in Livorno, Italy.



One of the most important features of ToughGuard is that the coating adheres to the painted surface and does not wear off easily. The USA ToughGuard team have been able to witness 3-5 years of exceptional results in the aviation industry. In addition, it has a long-lasting UV protection, which prevents the paint from fading, as well as provides a deeper gloss coating thanks to the better levelling of the polish.

A gloss effect black vinyl finish has also been applied to the tender, which was then protected with a layer of ToughGuard on completion. This means the customer will have the possibility to see how the ToughGuard product can protect both vinyl and paint finishes.

The Captain of M/Y ILLUSION was pleased with the quality of the job, and the products use by the Wild Group team, stating: “Thank for your quick and flexible approach, we are looking forward to having an easy clean hull this year, especially around the exhausts – where we have had real soot problems.”

More About 90m MOONSTONE Superyacht Project Revealed by OCEANCO

March 02, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

OCEANCO unveiled more details about the impressive new 90-metre luxury mega yacht project, presented at the presently running Dubai International Boat Show. MOONSTONE represents the latest and very distinctive creation by OCEANCO in collaboration with Van Geest Design, with innovative and artful features. What makes MOONSTONE stand out amongst other yachts that are similar in size, is her uniquely conceived ‘faceted’ hull sides, combined with the elegant lines that suggest a hypnotic glamour seen in the multiple surfaces of a finally cut precious stone.

Moonstone DP014 by Oceanco

Moonstone DP014 by Oceanco

This distinctive facet motif can be found throughout other areas of the yacht and is also used in conjunction with special lighting effects. MOONSTONE is not only striking in her design, but has also been engineered to be PYC-compliant and able to accommodate considerably more than the ‘usual’ twelve guests on board. She could well be a perfect private yacht for an owner who wishes to entertain and accommodate large parties of guests, or a fabulous charter yacht available for event charters and not only.

Moonstone DP014 superyacht by Oceanco

Moonstone DP014 superyacht by Oceanco

The lighting design features incorporated into the concept include the backlit surface of the overhead panel, which is linked to fish-eye cameras that can capture the magic of a night sky, a sunset or a sunrise, or their reflection on the water. This type of technology is also very versatile and can be utilised to affect many colours, moods or ambiences.

The hull side facets include customised panel lights triggered by 300 individually dimmable white triangles per hull side. These panels will generate endless lighting possibilities and effects.

The swimming pool and the hot tub have also been fitted with innovative lighting systems, where the lights of the walls of the pool can be dimmed, generating a welcoming glow. And last but not least, the horizontal boot stripe lighting plays with the water line of the yacht.

90m Moonstone DP014

90m Moonstone DP014

MOONSTONE has been designed and engineered based on the Oceanco 90m platform, utilising its efficient and proven technical layout. The general arrangements have been designed with flexibility in mind, and include a complete owner’s deck, a large gymnasium and a spa area, a cinema and a touch-and-go helipad.

If you are wondering about the energy to be used for the hull side panels, than you do not need to worry: the hull light panels are designed to be self-sufficient thanks to the 70 square metres of standard solar panels on top of the superstructure. One day of sunshine, will illuminate and dim the panels for approximately three hours at night.

Another special feature of the yacht is her plumb bow, which boasts an integrated mooring and anchoring bay, keeping the bow area clear and uncluttered.



Future Owner(s) and guests will enjoy the huge sky deck lounge with magnificent 360° views of the yacht surroundings. The made-to-measure exterior deck furniture is designed to be modular, lightweight, clean and chic, requiring little maintenance and be easy to use. This will allow for further flexibility on deck, depending on the lifestyle aboard.

The unfolding navigation wings, which spread out laterally like wings suspended in mid-air, will increase visibility. Side platforms located forward provide easy access to the selection of water toys and rescue tenders. Aft side platforms, on the other hand, offer access to two main guest tenders and an outdoor lounge play area.

Enjoy the video of MOONSTONE

Dutch Shipyard AMELS achieves new IMO Environmental Milestone

January 29, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

AMELS is pleased to announce that it had reached the final milestone in its 18-month ‘Tier III’ programme. The new milestone means that AMELS is the first Dutch shipyard to slash harmful NOx emissions by almost 80%. This custom engineering project lessens the environmental influence of the new 57,70-metre AMELS 188 superyacht, without the need to compromise the very highest AMELS quality and comfort on board.

AMELS 188 yacht in 3D

AMELS 188 yacht in 3D

The renowned constructor of luxury yachts is the very first builder in the Netherlands to achieve ‘Tier III’ levels, after the main engine tests last week and generator set tests as the end of last year. According to the strict new regulations developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), large new motor yacht exceeding 500 GT with a global cruising area must drastically reduce harmful NOx emissions in their engine exhaust gases.

AMELS 188 rendering

AMELS 188 rendering

Even though there are concerns in the industry regarding the lack of available technology and the tight timeframe, AMELS is pleased to be demonstrating the way forward with its new AMELS 188 yacht, presently under build.

AMELS 188 - Rendering aft

AMELS 188 – Rendering aft

“When the IMO clarified the deadline for the Tier III limits, we realised that the industry had no available integrated solution and very limited practical knowhow.” says Amels’ Technical Director Hans van Triet. “So, we took the lead to ensure there would be no delays for our clients, no compromise on luxury space, and no compromise on our renowned low levels of noise and vibrations. And, I believe we’re doing our part to face up to these technical challenges and reduce the environmental impact of our industry. That can only benefit us all.”

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

In addition for being the first shipyard in the Netherlands, AMELS believes that it was the first organisation to reach out to Lloyd’s Register for IMO Tier III certification. AMELS engineered a complete, holistic solution, working together with suppliers to custom engineer components and integrate the MTU 12V4000 M53 diesel engine, HUG Engineering Selective Catalytic Reduction system, silencer and soot filter. The testing took place under independent Lloyd’s Register class supervision at MTU Benelux.

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

Further development of AMELS 188 The following step in the AMELS 188 construction is testing the design’s highly efficient, fuel-saving technology. The superyacht is the first AMELS to boast a Hybrid Power switchboard with peak shaving (battery bank); plus a generator set configuration with AMELS Smart Power Management (SPM) and AMELS Heat Recovery system.

AMELS premiered with the innovative 57.70-metre AMELS 188 (970 gross tonnes) at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show in 2015. With a preliminary scheduled delivery of Spring 2018, the completely new Limited Editions design lead to a lot of excitement and with number of enquiries being handled by the shipyard at the moment.