VSY have signed a partnership agreement with Siemens and Lloyd’s Register to develop a project for the application of hydrogen fuel cells technology on a special version of the brand-new VSY 65m Waterecho project by Espen Øino. Designed for true sea lovers by one of the most talented and recognized pens in the yachting world, the VSY 65m Waterecho is a perfect blend of absolute comfort and sustainability with the aim to increase the conscious luxury yacht building.



Siemens is very sensitive to the development of environmentally friendly and profitable solutions for the marine and shipbuilding sector. These are vital to meet strict environmental requirements while still running ships economically. That is why Siemens answers with an integrated energy and propulsion system, specifically designed for marine and ship industry, such as SISHIP BlueDrive. The SISHIP BlueDrive Family offers customized scalable uniform-topology of energy and drive solutions, also for smaller applications such as yachts. This solution enables an easy integration of battery systems (such as Siemens’ own produced BlueVaultTM) and has been recently consolidated through a partnership with the Swedish producer of fuel cell modules, PowerCell Sweden AB, in order to drive forward the integration of fuel cell modules in shipping and to develop an energy supply system for vessels which is based on fuel cells.



The main purpose of the project is to assess the specific safety and technical requirement for feeding the stern electric engine (used for maneuvering or as auxiliary propulsor – standard in all VSY yachts) in a completely green and sustainable mode.

In this partnership, VSY undertakes to carry out technical and commercial feasibility of the employment of hydrogen fuel cells and their installation on board. While Siemens undertakes to provide their know-how, the technical solutions already developed or to be developed, and Lloyd’s Register undertakes to carry out a preliminary assessment for certification purposes.

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Oceanco triumphs the World Superyacht Awards 2019 with 107m Black Pearl and 90m DAR
Oceanco’s sailing yacht Black Pearl and motor yacht DAR have won the highest honours at the World Superyacht Awards, 2019. Black Pearl took home the award for ‘Best Sailing Yacht of 60m and above’, while DAR won the ‘Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 2,000 GT and Above’. Furthermore, both yachts took home the coveted ‘Best Yacht of the Year’ awards.Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco, comments: We are thankful to all of the team members and myriad individuals responsible for the execution of both of these yachts. Moreover, we are thankful for the trust given to us by the Owners of Black Pearl and DAR to build the extraordinary yachts that they envisioned.Launched in 2016, the Black Pearl holds the title of the largest sailing yacht in the world. Inspired by Perini Navi's 88-metre Maltese Falcon, the Black Pearl features similar structure with three rotating masts, while the yacht is capable of crossing the Atlantic burning just 20 litres of fuel thanks to alternative power sources. The Black PearlThe Black Pearl’s striking exterior was designed by Nuvolari Lenard and Ken Freivokh, while her praised naval architecture was developed by Dyksra Architects, who had also previously worked on Maltese Falcon.A combination of smart and elegant high-tech design and modernised state-of-the-art DynaRig sailing system makes the Black Pearl a unique vessel. Her hull outline is trademarked with an exclusive wave-piercing bow featuring not only graceful appearance, but also fuel efficiency.Another key element of Black Pearl's development was her solar sails, which can actually produce energy whilst the yacht is underway thanks to solar panels built within the fabric of the sail. DARThe 90-metre motoryacht DAR, with edgy exterior styling by DeBasto Design has an unprecedented exterior glass decoration of nearly 24 tons and nearly 400 square metres. Her detailed interior by Nuvolari Lenard works well with the exterior by taking advantage of the extraordinary floor-to-ceiling views from nearly everywhere on board. In addition to head-turning aesthetics and advanced technology, DAR is the first yacht to ever achieve the Lloyd’s Integrated Bridge System (IBS) notation.The World Superyacht Awards is held annually by Boat International Media. This year, it took place in the heart of London, in Old Billingsgate, with nearly 600 guests on hand for the dinner/ awards event. For other nominees, click here. This year’s winners list includes among others 71-metre Haida 1929 for the Best Refitted Yachts and 63-metre Rossinavi Utopia IV for Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts 40m and Above.
Feadship eco-friendly Amsterdam facility officially opened by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
On May 16, 2019, Dutch builder Feadship opened officially its new eco-conscious superyacht facility in Amsterdam, with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands being the key figure of the ceremony. It is the builder’s second facility operated by Royal Van Lent, brought into operation after five years of planning, design and construction.Accommodating the general trend towards ever-larger superyachts, the facility was designed for construction and refit of Feadship superyachts of up to 160 metres in LOA. With its total volume of 425,000 cubic metres, the new facility measures 38 metres in height, allowing plenty of air above the yacht’s mast array.Feadship declares the new yard ‘the most eco-friendly superyacht yard in the world’ thanks to its eco credentials, namely energy efficiency, heating by local waste-to-energy sources and LED lighting. What is more, the main building roof is covered with over 2,000 solar panels, for generation of estimated 550,000 kWh of energy yearly.The Amsterdam site will become Feadship’s fourth facility and the second one to be operated by Royal Van Lent, along with the Kaag Island yard. The two premises will share the same management by LVMH Group and the workforce of 450. LVMH Group managing director, Antoni Belloni highlights: This new facility will allow Feadship to stay at the cutting edge of innovation and continue to build superyachts that will change history.Following the opening, Queen Máxima viewed nineteen classic yachts presented on the Feadship quay and met young graduates of the Feadship Academy.The yard's operation has already began earlier this year, with a 110-metre Feadship Anna undergoing refit works at the yard in Amsterdam, while 93-metre Lady S has become the first yacht completed at the newest facility. A couple of days prior to the opening, the latest Feadship unit, a 88-metre Project 816 was moved to the new facility for completion.
Elegant interiors of Mazu 82 revealed by Turkish designer Tanju Özelgin
Turkish builder Mazu Yachts has revealed interiors of its first 24.5-metre Mazu 82 unit, designed by Istanbul-based studio Tanju Özelgin. Built for a Turkish owner, the first Mazu 82 will be trademarked with the brand’s recognisable expansive open decks and three state rooms designed by Tanju Özelgin. Customary design was a key piece of the sale of the Mazu 82. With large hullside windows and triple Volvo Penta IPS power, the yacht will make the most of Mazu’s carbon composite sandwich construction.The 24.5-metre yacht is the largest one yet built by Mazu, following successful introductions of 38-, 42-, and 52-foot yachts, all designed by the yard’s founder Halit Yukay. This is the first Mazu developed by a dedicated interior designer to optimise the yacht’s on-board spaces, bringing them a special sensibility.The Mazu 82 combines clean profile lines with expansive decks, hallmarks of the Mazu line. Özelgin worked with Mazu’s generous volume and large hullside windows to continue the vibe to the amidships, full-beam master, which will combine subtle textures, muted colours, and both direct and indirect light to create a relaxing space to solitude for the owners. A master VIP-cabine will have an elegant en-suite facilities, and big wardrobe easily for extend times aboard. Two additional staterooms will round out the guest accommodations. Özelgin says: The main challenge of designing yacht interiors is that the space mostly never stands still and is constantly surrounded by water. This aspect will direct your decisions of which materials to use, the weight and scale of every piece of furniture, and whether or not the furniture is anchored to the decks or otherwise built in: safety also plays a very important role in these decisions. Such factors rarely have an impact on the design of homes and hotels, yet Özelgin approached them with his creative method, resulting in relaxing and elegant ambience, a soothing combination of warm light and inviting textures that enhances time spent on board.In contrast to many yacht interiors constantly reminding owner and guests that they are spending time at sea, Mazu 82 design concept seeks to optimise the sea experience on-board. In this design, the presence of the sea and the movement it imparts to the boat carry that vibe throughout the onboard experience. Özelgin explains:The space has to be as compact and light as possible without losing the illusion of feeling at home or in a nice hotel. This was one of our key aspects during the design phase of the yacht: to create a space which won’t let you feel as on a yacht but more as if you were in your own house with all the familiarity and comfort which comes with it.The yacht is powered by triple Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system (1350 –1.000hp x3), which is expected to offer excellent performance maximum speed of 40 knots and cruising efficiency at 35 knots as well as easy handling and maneuverability around the docks. Representing the builder’s current flagship, Mazu 82 will be delivered in summer 2019. MazuYachts designs, produces and markets luxury ‘hard-top and open’ motor yachts since 2011, known for sleek and aggressive looks and made with cold-molded system. Mazu Yachts Hi-tech shipyard facilities are located in Yalova, disposing of 4,000 sqm. of indoor and 1,200 sqm. of outdoor areas.
Billionaire's 95m superyacht Kismet spotted in Saint Petersburg
The 95-metre luxury motor yacht Kismet built by Lurssen in 2014 was spotted in Saint-Petersburg these days. According to Marinetraffic.com, the yacht spent one day at the shores of Saint-Petersburg on May 15, and today arrived to Tallin. Kismet is owned by Shadid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon, the owner of the Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars, belonging on the list of the largest superyachts of sports teams owners. The net worth of Mr. Khan is estimated at $6.6 billion (Forbes). Meanwhile, Kismet boasts a symbolic jaguar on the bow, representing the owner’s team. Stretching over five decks, the yacht was designed by Espen Oeino with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, thus suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. The charter price of the vessel starts from € 1,200,000 per week.Copyright: Oleg Zoloto via Komsomolskaya PravdaAmong innovative features on-board, Kismet boasts video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork. A large swimming pool and Jacuzzi area, spa zone, movie theatre, an outdoor fireplace and winter garden can be found among the yacht’s luxury amenities.The yacht’s entertainment and design characteristics have been attracting top artists and events. For example, Jay-Z and Beyonce were spotted on-board last year, while Netflix filmed Kismet in party scene from its biggest production so far, "Six Underground".
Sardinia: 7 first-rate restaurants to dine in during your yacht cruise
Sitting off Italy's celebrated west coast, the sublime island of Sardinia represents a complex patchwork of Franco-Italian culture. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, with a pearly coastline is perfect ideal soaking up the sultry sun and crystalline water of the deepest blue with dream-like reefs, thriving coral beds and diverse marine life. Furthermore, Sardinia has always been at the forefront of chic Italian getaways, famous for it cultural life and cuisine. As to the latter, Yacht Harbour lists some of the best places to enjoy the local cuisine while exploring the magnificent coast of Sardinia on your yacht.Sardinia top lunch recommendations: #1. Cala di Volpe Location: Hotel Cala di Volpe Chef: Maurizio LocatelliThe Hotel Cala di Volpe and especially its restaurant is one of the most requested hot‐spots for lunch in the Costa Smeralda. The restaurant serves international and Mediterranean cuisine at the highest standard, whereas the Bar “Il Pontile” is the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif. The Sardinian decor of the restaurant welcomes guests to a delicate and refined ambient, where white stucco arches and the soft flicker of candles imitate the glittering lights strung around the harbour.As to the cuisine, the chef and his stellar team create sumptuous menu of Mediterranean specialties on a daily basis: an unrivalled selection of antipasti inspired by regional recipes and the freshest local product is complemented by fish and meat grilled to perfection over an open wood fire.#2. Petra Segreta Location: 25 min by car from Porto Cervo Chef: Luigi BergerettoNestled in the hills above San Pantaleo with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, this hide‐ away place is a must for those who love Italian and regional cuisine. The Petra Segreta resort is the perfect place to get to know a different way of living in Sardinia, apart from the jet-set life of Costa Smeralda, and to enjoy a relaxed and elegant lunch. Petra Segreta Resort & Spa is a popular gourmet destinations in Costa Smeralda. The hotel encompasses two restaurants: Il Fuoco Sacro, an elegant and refined gourmet restaurant with views over the archipelago, and Osteria del Mirto Bistrot, offering a more informal atmosphere between lunch and dinner and is only open to resident guests.Explore two different experiences, still with a common culinary philosophy wherein the freshest and highest quality seasonal ingredients produced from the resort’s own organic farm are transformed, with respect and creativity, into the chef's dishes.Sardinia TOP dinner recommendations:#1. Gianni Pedrinelli Location: 5 minutes by car from Porto Cervo Chef: Clara Pedrinelli Gianni Perdinelli is a place trademarked with elegant atmosphere, high VIP factor, exquisite Italian and international cuisine. Furniture and kitchen stylisation recalls the best traditions of Sardinia; adding a touch of class and modernity. All that makes the restaurant to a popular destination for those who want to enjoy good food in an exclusive environment. The interior design features wooden roofing, white walls and the bottles of red wine on a tray in the middle of the dining room, adding a touch of warmth and romance to the restaurant. A glimpse through the light curtains offers the view of a nice garden. A large stone fireplace overlooks the dining room, offering a variety of selected art pieces including a permanent art show of local and internationally known artists.
The exquisite food is mainly inspired by the Sardinian culinary tradition, and it is always enriched with an outstanding presentation. The best dishes at this restaurant are ravioli and gnocchetti, durum wheat pasta (pasta di busa) with red mullet and saffron, fish soup, lamb leg with myrtle, pasta with lobster. You would be also delighted by the exquisite sweets and cakes.#2. Il Pescatore Location: old port of Porto CervoChef: Franco TonelliThis stupendous restaurant in the heart of Porto Cervo designed by the same architect as the Cala di Volpe Hotel ‐ Jacques Couëlle – has a beautiful terrace giving a magnificent view over the sea. Il Pescatore offers a menu that celebrates the Mediterranean, focusing on dishes that combine flavours, creativity and lightness. The only pieds dans l’eau (on-water) restaurant in Costa Smeralda, Il Pescatore has earned itself a reputation because of its superb seafood, stunning views of the port and the timeless charm. A genuine Costa Smeralda icon, it despises of a seafront location in the heart of Porto Cervo bay, and has been there even longer than the port itself.With its seafront location, the Pescatore offers the best seafood, freshly caught with unexpected combinations for a unique culinary experience. The restaurant invites its guests to taste the best from the island with exquisite menus, respecting general traditions, though applying simple cooking methods without manipulating the products too much. Two dishes one should not miss while in Sardinia according to the chef, are Maccheroni alla Chitarra with saffron lobster as well as Fish Mezze Lune with fresh Peretta cheese, containing his favourite ingredients, saffron and herbs.#3. Cipriani / Billionaire Grill Location: 5 minutes by car from Porto Cervo Offering Cipriani's trademark exquisite cuisine, this fabulous three level villa is perched amongst the cliffs, providing you a unique and beautiful view of the Gulf of Pevero. Occupying the main restaurant space of Billionaire, Porto Cervo’s premiere nightclub venue, the restaurant is an opulent indoor/outdoor dining room, along with extensive menu in a celebrity environment.#4. Madai Location: 5 minutes by car from Porto Cervo Chef: Elio SironiThe newly opened restaurant, run by the ex‐chef of the famous restaurant of the Bulgari Hotel in Milan, offers a cuisine based on tradition and on essence of the product. In an elegant but informal atmosphere guests will take pleasure in the excellent dishes served while enjoying the magnificent view over the Old Port and the Maddalena archipelago. The distinctive signature of the Chef is the “exacting simplicity” through the rediscovering of Italian cuisine great classics, re-elaborated to value real flavours and consistency in dishes.The unlimited quality of the ingredients and the use of the traditional cooking technique make basics for the restaurant’s menu. Furthermore, the use of the wooden oven and the charcoal grill contributes to the distinctive and antique taste of the dishes.#5. L’Officina del Gusto Location: Pevero Golf Club; Cala di Volpe Chef: Stefano and Gianni AzaraThe restaurant is situated in the complex of the Pevero Golf Club offering authentic cuisine in an exclusive setting marked by a succession of colours and emotions from the stylish interior to the incomparable outdoor area. While tasting the predominantly Mediterranean cuisine guests may enjoy the beautiful view over the bay of Cala di Volpe. Born from the passion of the brothers Stefano and Gianni Azara, Officina del Gusto is a gourmet project offering high-end cuisine. The gourmet menus offer rich choice of starters, main courses and exquisite desserts. The rethinking of traditional recipes and the use of high quality local products, provides the restaurant’s international dishes with a brand new flavour.Among alternative destinations, check out our top Cannes' restaurants listing.