The yachting industry is becoming increasingly aware of its carbon footprint, and is taking steps to offset carbon emissions in increasing measures. Initiatives like the Ocean Awards, which honours contributions to ocean conservation, and yacht.club, which supports the Blue Marine Foundation, are awakening the consciousness of yachting professionals, yacht Owners and charterers, and crews; more and more people are taking steps to try to reduce their impact on ocean environments. From green charters to ocean-friendly yachting activities – such as biodegradable golf balls for an afternoon on the aft deck range – there is an increasing number of ways for yacht charterers to minimise their environmental impact. Read about three of the most environmentally friendly superyachts for charter.
There are few vessels that match 58.0m S/Y ETHEREAL for green sailing. The innovative superyacht possesses groundbreaking hybrid technology – the first of its kind – which allows for cleaner, more fuel efficient sailing. Furthermore, numerous interior features gear the yacht for energy conservation. Subtle design components, such as insulation, dimmable LED lighting that produces less heat and therefore a reduced load on the air conditioning and a water system that recycles energy, reduce energy consumption. Energy can be provided by the yacht’s onboard battery bank, which is recharged by the hybrid propulsion system. S/Y ETHEREAL accommodates up to 12 guests in five luxurious staterooms, and guests can also relax in the cinema room or sauna.
Thanks to specialised engineering from BMT Nigel Gee, 66.4m M/Y OKTO cruises at an unusually low level of fuel consumption with fantastically low noise levels. A great deal of time was spent ensuring the yacht experienced minimal drag, thus decreasing fuel consumption and increasing speed. At 13 knots, M/Y OKTO consumes 300 litres of fuel per hour, which is relatively low for a superyacht of her size. Moreover, the superyacht’s decks are made from a composite material that can replicate teak in appearance and feel, yet it is much more environmentally friendly. The pioneering material also means that heels can be worn throughout all exterior deck spaces of the superyacht. M/Y OKTO accommodates 10 guests in five spectacular staterooms, and offers a 6m swimming pool on the aft deck, a private balcony in the Owner’s suite, a Jacuzzi, a gym and a cinema room.
M/Y BIG FISH
In 2011, M/Y BIG FISH was a winner at the Showboats Design Awards, recognised for her inspiring and functional naval architecture. Her green design innovations include low voltage LED lighting, efficient hull design that requires minimum energy and hot water onboard that is created from recycled heat from the engines and generators. In addition plastic bottles are not allowed onboard and nothing harmful or polluting is ever expelled into the sea. The superyacht uses a relatively low level of fuel and has a vast nautical range of 10,000nm. Much like on M/Y OKTO, the decks of M/Y BIG FISH are made from a special composite material – epoxy-infused granite – that is eco-friendly and enables the use of heels on deck. The 45.0m vessel accommodates 10 guests in five tasteful staterooms, one of which is a full-beam master suite.