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Sanlorenzo unveils new crossover yacht at the Cannes Yachting Festival

September 13, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 27m/89ft SX88 from Sanlorenzo and Volvo Penta has been unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Completed over the weekend and presented to the media before her public debut, the SX88 combines the best features and performance of an explorer yacht and a flybridge yacht.

Luxury yacht SX88 - Built by Sanlorenzo

Luxury yacht SX88 – Built by Sanlorenzo

“A shipyard must have courage to make a product like this,” said Massimo Perotti, Sanlorenzo CEO Massimo Perotti. “We wanted to invent a product for people who love boating, who love to be close to the sea — it is a little revolution.”

Officina Italiana Design completed the exterior design which features unique elements, including a reverse angled windshield and an open transom for loading a 4.5m tender and jet ski onto the 30m bathing platform using a davit crane.

The skylounge has extensive 4 metre windows that can be lowered completely, while the windshield shelters the helm position up front. A unique feature of the SX88, there is no wheelhouse and guests can move from the cockpit to the salon. The XS88 is capable of a top speed of 23 knots powered by a Volvo Penta D13-IPS1050 poddrive propulsion system and nine hulls have already been sold ahead of the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Sanlorenzo will be present throughout the Cannes Yachting Festival from the 12th to the 17th and visitors can view the SX88 throughout the event.

Take a glimpse at ground-breaking Amer 94’ Superyacht SAVE THE SEA

August 25, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Permare Group has released an amazing video below, introducing the ground-breaking Amer 94’ superyacht SAVE THE SEA. Amer 94’ luxury motor yacht SAVE THE SEA is the first superyacht fitted with the Volvo Penta IPS engines. She will be showcased at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, the Genoa Boat Show in October, as well as the Qatar International Boat Show in November.

The revolutionary propulsion system ensures that the hull of the Amer 94’ yacht SAVE THE SEA can reach a speed which doubles the maximum speed of a displacement hull, with a further decrease in noise, emissions, as well as vibrations.

Amer 94’ luxury yacht SAVE THE SEA is the excellent result of a close collaboration between Amer Yachts, Volvo Penta, Seakeeper and the tender specialist, Extender. In fact, the vessel will feature the only foldable tender with vertical bow available on the market.

See more charter yachts built by Amer here.

Upcoming launch of the revolutionary Amer 94’ Motor Yacht SAVE THE SEA

July 08, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Liguria-based shipyard, Amer Yachts, part of the Permare Group, is thrilled to announce that the launch of the revolutionary Amer 94’ motor yacht SAVE THE SEA is rapidly approaching. First superyacht to adopt the Volvo Penta IPS engines, Amer 94’ luxury yacht SAVE THE SEA will be displayed in world preview and introduced to the market in occasion of the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, the Genoa Boat Show in October, as well as the Qatar International Boat Show in November.

Amer 94 superyacht SAVE THE SEA

Amer 94 superyacht SAVE THE SEA

The shipyard started working on the construction of Amer 94’ superyacht SAVE THE SEA in Autumn 2014. The development of this groundbreaking vessel is the result of a close cooperation, both during the design as well as the executive phases, between Amer Yachts, Volvo Penta, Seakeeper and the tender specialist, Extender. In fact, the vessel will feature the only foldable tender with vertical bow available on the market.

Giorgio Avigdor, Seakeeper Sales Manager for Southern Europe, comments: “In coordination with the Technical Department of the Shipyard, we have analyzed the gyro-stabilizer’s installation requirements, choosing the innovative model Seakeeper 16 to be positioned aboard the Amer 94’: thanks to the limited weight of the boat, the roll reduction that will be achieved will guarantee a high level of onboard habitability and comfort.”

Amer 94 luxury yacht SAVE THE SEA underway

Amer 94 luxury yacht SAVE THE SEA underway

Thanks to the adoption of the revolutionary propulsion system, the hull of the Amer 94’ yacht SAVE THE SEA allows to achieve a speed which doubles the maximum speed of a displacement hull, with a further decrease in noise, emissions and vibrations.

Nicola Pomi, head of Marine Market Italy at Volvo Penta, comments:  “The Amer 94’ represents to Volvo Penta a turning point in the Yacht segment. Thanks to the technical collaboration with the Permare Shipyard, this 94 ft boat symbolizes to us a definitive step as well as a constant presence in the realization of large sized boats.”

In the meanwhile, the shipyard has also started a new study phase, concentrating on the research of highly innovative motorization solutions, focused, on one side, on the adoption of 4 Volvo Penta IPS engines and, on the other side, on electric motorizations.

More charter yachts built by Amer can be found here.

Sanlorenzo SL 94 Yacht becomes the 2012 UIM Environmental Award Winner

February 19, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The UIM is delighted to announce that the 2012 UIM ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD WINNER has become the luxury motor yacht SL 94 by Sanlorenzo Spa. For the 2012 edition, there are also three Special Mentions for: “ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY” that went to Powerboat P1 Management Ltd, “ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT” to VSY and “INNOVATION” to Volvo Penta Corporation.

Sanlorenzo SL 94 Yacht

Sanlorenzo SL 94 Yacht

The UIM Environmental Award has been launched in order to inspire and recognize excellence in innovation, development and application of environmentally friendly technologies. It is open to UIM National Authorities, partners, racing teams, boat builders, engine manufacturers, universities, research centres, scientists, Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), companies in order to recognizes outstanding environmental leaders, whether individuals or organizations, that have exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and applications for the Environment. Among the main selection criteria belong Innovation, Significance, Practicality, Usability, Economic Feasibility and Environmental Benefit.

For the 2012 edition there is a Winner and three Special Mentions. The prestigious trophies will be given at the annual UIM Awards Giving Gala which will take place on Saturday, February 23rd 2013 at the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel in Monaco, where the UIM will host and entertain a truly international crowd of 400 VIP guests from 25 different nations to honour over 70 World Champions of Powerboat racing.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD WINNER
SL 94 – SANLORENZO SPA
Since 1958, Sanlorenzo shipyard is a leader in the production of strictly tailor-made motor yachts. The Yard’s entry for the 2012 Environmental Award Edition is their most ecological model in water and environmental protection: the Sanlorenzo SL94 yacht. With her unmistakable Sanlorenzo lines, superyacht SL94 exemplifies elegance, balanced volumes and the proper ratio between covered and open spaces.

Luxury motor yacht SL 94 by Sanlorenzo Spa

Luxury motor yacht SL 94 by Sanlorenzo Spa

Sanlorenzo shipyard combined new styling elements in perfect harmony with a series of innovations that continue to leave the yard’s family feel of yacht planning unaltered. The Sanlorenzo SL94 yacht was designed taking full advantage of the increasing environmental awareness that characterizes today’s yachting industry, with the Sanlorenzo Technical Department responsible for the development of the SL94’s eco-friendly systems.

In awarding the Trophy, the UIM made special note of the electronic probes used to monitor and prevent oil spillage and the electric actuators used to avoid hydraulic oil leakage from the steering systems. On board sewage treatment is carried out by an IMO approved plant, while fuel usage and tank levels for the main engines and the gensets are continually monitored from the wheelhouse. Other important key points are the climatization plant optimization and the low energy lighting system.

Superyacht SL 94 - Salon

Superyacht SL 94 - Salon

It is also important to underline that the Sanlorenzo luxury yacht SL94 is produced with fiberglass structures characterized by a low-emissions manufacturing process: the deckhouse and deck are made using vacuum-infusion resin, and the entire hull is built with the vacuum-infusion process using vacuum bags for PVC bonding.

“We are very glad for the 2012 Environmental Award and we thank UIM very much for this important International recognition. Sanlorenzo has always put effort in building timeless and yet innovative motoryachts. Our SL94 hull is an innovative yacht that gets you used to the beauty without exaggerations, to the plain elegance applied in a hull of 28,60 meters. But at the same time it is rich of innovations, especially regarding the environmentally aware systems which even exceed the requirements of RINA’s Green Star,” stated Massimo Perotti, Chairman Sanlorenzo Spa.

Special Mention for “ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY” to:
P1 Management Ltd – Powerboat P1 Environmental Film
Powerboat P1 Management Ltd (P1) was established in 2002 and is the global rights holder for the “P1 SuperStock”, “P1 RIB”, and the “P1 AquaX” racing series. P1 has created across a variety of water craft a marine racing platform that combines the key pillars of entry accessibility, parity of performance, and affordability of expenses. This guarantees that offshore powerboat racing remains future-proofed for racers, teams and commercial partners alike.

Special Mention for “ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY” to P1 Management Ltd

Special Mention for “ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY” to P1 Management Ltd

P1 currently operates and promotes several marine racing series at a national level (one-design mono-hull race boats, stock personal water craft, and one-design rigid inflatable boats). P1 also commissioned the design, development and manufacture of a high-tech, one-design race and leisure boat. P1 has promoted more than 85 world championship races and more than 120 national races since 2003.

Powerboat P1 Management Ltd. demonstrates that with specific projects it is possible to increase environmental awareness. In this video the strong commitment of the Powerboat P1’s top management is well highlighted, and is clearly demonstrated in the Environmental Policy.

Powerboat P1 developed several green projects involving the powerboat champions, and obtained ISO 14001 certification. All these activities testify that developing a virtuous system is possible, that both the environment and profit can be taken into account while environmental consciousness is increased.

Mr. Asif Rangoonwala - Powerboat P1 Chairman

Mr. Asif Rangoonwala - Powerboat P1 Chairman

“P1 is committed to giving a voice to the largest resource that human civilization has today, the Oceans . Their rapid deterioration is a matter that requires global attention and we aim to get the message out there,” stated Mr. Asif Rangoonwala, Powerboat P1 Chairman.

Special Mention for “ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT” to:
VSY Viareggio Superyachts
Right from their inauguration in 2004, VSY was clear about their company mission: building with the emphasis on innovation and high technological content, not on numbers. The “green” priority was evident from the outset, when VSY collaborated with the foremost international registers and implemented their Green Star Plus Gold, ABS ES (Environment Safety), and EP (Environmental Protection) certifications.

Wood Forever Pact signed by VSY Viareggio Superyachts

Wood Forever Pact signed by VSY Viareggio Superyachts

Based on this philosophy, VSY’s first two 62-meter yachts took shape. Motor yacht “Stella Maris” is the Shipyard’s new 72-meter yacht. With her high technological content, in 2011 she embodied the new concept of “deeper luxury” and totally Eco Green. However, the yard’s long-term vision is celebrated by their latest 64-meter yacht “Duchess of Tuscany”, which cast the customer’s expectations well beyond present known standards to produce a super-yacht with an unprecedented emotional and sensorial experience.

VSY’s commitment to sustainability is more and more tangible – even beyond the quality of care and systems developed on their Eco-yachts and the CO2 compensation for the “Stella Maris” superyacht. VSY is the first European shipyard to sign the Wood Forever Pact, supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, calling for transparency and qualification in the timber industry to guarantee maximum quality and ethical respect.

72 m mega yacht Stella Maris by VSY Viareggio Superyachts

72 m mega yacht Stella Maris by VSY Viareggio Superyachts

Among their main commitments, VSY continually reduces negative environmental effects, accidents, and occupational diseases, pursues pollution prevention, evaluates the adoption of Green Procurement criteria, verifies and adopts energy-saving measures, and informs the public concerning the environmental effects of the activities over which the company has control or influence.

Statement from VSY: “VSY is honored to receive this Special Mention for Environmental Benefit. UIM has given us a unique opportunity to share strategic targets and to implement environmental sensibility and responsibility. These are the occasions which allow us to create suitable synergies with the various business partnerships in the community, and to promote the construction of networks capable of assessing the potential need for a sector which is in any case in the process of facing deep changes.“

Stella Maris Yacht - Main Salon

Stella Maris Yacht - Main Salon

Special Mention for “INNOVATION” to:
Volvo Penta Corporation
Volvo Penta IPS system

Volvo Penta is a world-leading supplier of engines and complete power systems for marine and industrial applications. All their efforts strive to give their customers the right product, with the right quality. They work with a deep commitment to quality, safety and environmental care.

Volvo Penta is a specialist company within the renowned Volvo Group. Volvo Penta has developed the advanced IPS system for marine propulsion, consisting of supercharged engines and IPS transmissions with full electronic control. The IPS system reduces fuel consumption by 30%, or alternatively allows an increase in speed of 20%, with the same installed power. The IPS system almost cancels out exhaust noise.

In the year 2000, Volvo Penta took the decision to develop a new marine propulsion system with superior efficiency and manoeuvrability compared to the traditional straight shaft system. Enabling technologies for the project were advanced gear design, advanced counter-rotating propeller design, and electronic control.

Special Mention for "INNOVATION" to Volvo Penta Corporation

Special Mention for "INNOVATION" to Volvo Penta Corporation

The IPS transmission is characterized by a slender gear case with low hydrodynamic drag, while a power transmission with unique tooth profiles in high strength steel gears allows supreme load capability, thus limiting the physical size of gears and their housing, along with forward facing counter-rotating propellers with outstanding efficiency.

The forward facing props enabled the development of an integrated exhaust system with low weight, back-pressure, and noise level. The total installed weight of the IPS system is substantially less compared to the traditional shaft system. The steer-by-wire system with individual drive settings balances the rudder forces, thus substantially limiting the power needed for maneuvering. The electronic steer-by-wire system is maintenance-free and uses no fluid oils, eliminating their potential impact on the environment.

“Our Volvo Penta IPS marine propulsion system combines quality (supreme reliability and durability), safety (supreme maneuvering and advanced redundancy functions) and not least environmental care (supreme propulsion efficiency and low noise). IPS reduces fuel consumption with 30% or allows an increase of speed with 20% with the same installed power. We are really proud of UIM’s recognition of our IPS system,” stated the Volvo Corporation management.

US Department of Energy finds serious damage to marine engines from E15

October 27, 2011

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

In October 21, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy announced the results of two studies on the impacts of using fuel that is 15 percent ethanol in volume (E15) in marine engines. The studies were concentrated on engines produced by two marine engine manufactures, Volvo Penta and Mercury Marine, both members of National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

The National Marine Manufacturers Association

The National Marine Manufacturers Association

The long-awaited reports show significant problems with outboard, stern drive and inboard engines.  Results of the reports show severe damage to engine components and an increase in exhaust emissions, reinforcing the recreational boating industry’s concern that E15 is not a suitable fuel for marine engines.

Emissions and durability testing compared E15 fuel and fuel containing zero percent ethanol (E0) and examined exhaust emissions, exhaust gas temperature, torque, power, barometric pressure, air temperature, and fuel flow. Specifically, the report showed degraded emissions performance outside of engine certification limits as well as increased fuel consumption. In separate testing on engine durability, each tested engine showed deterioration, including two of the three outboard engines, with damages severe enough to prevent them from completing the test cycle. The E0 test engines did not exhibit any fuel related issues.

NMMA worked with its manufacturer members in securing the resources and facilitating the testing for these reports. NMMA supports further testing that will provide additional understanding about the negative effects of E15 on marine engines.

NMMA President Thom Dammrich says, “Current proposals by the ethanol industry to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline should seriously concern all boaters and owners of other small engine equipment.  Although NMMA strongly supports renewable fuels as a means to reduce America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil and improve the environment, there is  growing evidence that ethanol is not the answer to America’s energy challenge.”

For more information, please read the full versions of the Emissions and Durability test  or the Fuel Endurance test from the Department of Energy. For questions  please contact Lauren Dunn at 202-280-6928 or ldunn@nmma.org.

Both Volvo Penta and Mercury Marine provided test engines as well as the testing facilities. The U.S. Department of Energy approved the final analysis of the results.