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HANSA 10-2020

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Schifffahrt | Shipping As we continue to seek safety in some form of socially distanced scenario, what better way to do that than aboard your own yacht giving you all of the luxuries of your home, or a boutique hotel, but away from the crowds. Andy Lawrence, Princess Yachts Design Director is gradually building bigger. Andy Lawrence, Princess Yachts Design Director, witnesses a new demand: »We seem to be seeing a change in the way people want to use their free time. As we continue to seek safety in some form of socially distanced scenario, what better way to do that than aboard your own yacht giving you all of the luxuries of your home, or a boutique hotel, but away from the crowds. We expect clients to be asking for more solutions enabling them to work aboard in comfort as a significant number embrace the new way of blended working from any location. If this has taught us anything it is that we all have to challenge the way we do business – it has given many people a chance to challenge their own work-life balance«. On details, Lawrence adds: »In a busy uncertain world, customers are seeking comfort and security – functional technology that genuinely enhances the living experience is in demand. Gimmicks are less well received so we are focussing on discrete integrated solutions that are simple to operate. Nobody has the time or patience to study instruction manuals so they simply won’t use the technology if it is too complex«. Alpha Marine, who, like Lürssen, built itself a reputation for large yachts, is presenting two projects to the superyacht market, the 50 m sports-explorer »Kentaurus« and 97 m Project 97, described as a bold expedition yacht, equally comfortable in Antarctica or Mediterranean climates. Nikos Dafnias, naval architect and Managing Director, says: »Covid 19 has impacted the way of life and enforced social distancing in almost every society. In our industry, it is the nature of yachting that people on board live in an isolated environment as long as they stay on board. The period that guest and crew can remain aboard is defined by some of the most fundamental, but not well publicised, yacht’s characteristics.« These are the volume of the cold, dry and general storage areas, capacity of garbage rooms, fresh watermakers’ capabilities, diesel oil tanks, linen and laundries, plus guest and crew on-board lifestyle and range of activities to keep everyone happy and active. He adds, »Alpha Marine’s design philosophy has always been focussing on these parameters, while giving equal attention to aesthetics, ergonomics and owner’s wishes. We strongly believe that the core of a successful yacht is formed by the seamless operation of crew and uninterrupted lifestyle of guests – none of which can succeed independently!« © Alpha Marine Alpha Marine’s 97 m »Project 97«, described as a bold expedition yacht, equally comfortable in Antarctica or Mediterranean climates 24 HANSA – International Maritime Journal 10 | 2020

Schifffahrt | Shipping © Dykstra One new launch of 2020 is Royal Huisman’s 81 m »Sea Eagle II« »Now with the emphasised hygiene and self-isolation phenomena, a more detailed approach has influenced his design philosophy. This includes isolation cabins or even apartments, equipped not only with pharmaceutical and health equipment but also with the capability to have some fun during the isolation period. In some projects you can even find these designated rooms/apartments benefiting from shell doors enabling direct access to the sea and water activities«, Dafnias says. »We are also researching for optimising the ventilation and air-conditioning systems in order to prevent the spread of any virus all over the yacht. We have concluded that guest areas, cabins, galleys, pantries, crew quarters, laundry and storage areas should be equipped with independent air-conditioning circuits, while special UV treatment should be implemented on all outlet nozzles. It remains to be seen how many of these ideas will be adopted.« Environmental transparency Classification society DNV GL publishes its own Yacht Impact insights, an extract from one summing up the future: »Similar to the requirements imposed on cruise ships operating in Canadian waters or across the Norwegian World Heritage Fjords, increasing access restrictions to beautiful areas and pristine waters are being considered for yacht owners, unless they can prove that their vessels have a reduced environmental footprint. As a result, more owners are becoming more environmentally aware and eager to explore new solutions to increase the sustainability of their yachts, while ensuring the highest levels of comfort, reliability and safety. The interest in more efficient and future-proof newbuilds is therefore increasing; owners understand that a green design will not only lower emission levels but also reduce their operating costs in most cases while achieving a more attractive resale value«. Water Revolution Foundation (WRF) is playing an active part in cleaning up superyachting, designing measurable systems so comparisons can be made between yachts (and even Class Societies). WRF’s Robert van Tol, who emphasises, »the goal of the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) is to create an index to compare yachts so you standardise the method of comparing which enables you to categorise yachts. Then you can have more informed conversations with the owner or client team.« For example, for a new-build concept where the designer or shipyard works up two different concepts – one with a lot of sustainable solutions on board (you put that concept in a certain category) and a second concept with more of a conservative approach – you can show how each fits in a different category, van Tol explains. In that way, he adds, you can show the implications of choices, not only in initial cost – because if you look at build economics exclusively you get a poor insight of the potential benefits that you might engage with, over time, when you go with the more sustainable solution. »Cold-turkey year« One new launch of 2020 that would no doubt rate well in YETI is Royal Huisman’s 81-metre »Sea Eagle II«, designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, who celebrated its 50 th anniversary at METS 2019, and Mark Whiteley Design, joining the world’s top ten largest sailing yachts. Thys Nikkels, Managing Director of Dykstra, describes her as »an innovative, three-masted performance schooner, designed for fast passage making – under sail!«. Acceptance is said to be the final stage of grief and, by the start of 2021, when cravings for social interaction at Monaco Yacht Show are overcome, most of the industry should be adapting and looking at the world of superyachting with a fresh outlook. Better, cleaner design and respect for the environment will be de rigueur for any new superyacht commissioned and 2020 will be looked back on as the »coldturkey« year in which lives changed for industry and owners together, forever. n HANSA – International Maritime Journal 10 | 2020 25

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