YachtAid Global orchestrates the delivery of disaster relief, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide. The organization was founded in 2006 and is a registered nonprofit which utilizes a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, yacht owners and donors who match with yacht owners and yacht crew to transport these lifesaving basic supplies in serious times of need. Since its launch, the YachtAid Global team has expanded its mission in order to be able to best utilize charitable resources to deliver maximum impact. The charity sits in a unique position where it's able to mobilise superyachts and aid vessels, and connect them with aid providers, volunteers and other NGOs for natural disaster relief and humanitarian work quickly and efficiently.
With recovery still underway from last year’s Atlantic hurricane season in the Caribbean, YachtAid Global is encouraging yachts to be ready to respond as this year’s seasons across the Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific and Western North Pacific begin. Superyacht aid organization, YachtAid Global has compiled a number of tips for yachts seeking to be ready to assist should this year’s hurricane seasons prove as virulent as 2017’s. This year’s seasons officially began 1 June, and May 15 for the Eastern Pacific, and YachtAid Global is urging yachts planning to cruise affected regions to take small steps to be ready to respond in the aftermath of large hurricanes. Post-storm damage can include anything from lifted roofs, lack of potable water and food, to lack of crops, ongoing power sources and other facilities needed for islands to be self-sufficient.
YachtAid Global is in sync with national and international governing bodies and able to relay accurate ground-truth information to yachts which wish to respond to a region. Once the yacht’s crew and management team have this data, they can be confident they’re carrying the aid and supplies which are most-essential to recovery. Means for yachts to assist in emergency response YachtAid Global works with Global Support and Development, an elite team of professionals, who go into disaster zones to protect first responders, carry out search and rescue operations, provide full medical teams and other crucial emergency responses.
The organization has coordinated the GSD team to provide a three day first responder training course designed specifically for yacht crew. The course is free and covers logistics, yacht preparation, heli ops, seaplane ops, medical training, water safety and more to give crew the skills to provide meaningful assistance in an emergency response. Key outcomes of the course include educating crew on how to stay safe in a disaster zone and training them to be ready for GSD to run operations from the vessel. Much of the supplies yachts can be called on to deliver are food and water, however there are many other ways a yacht can help. Acting as an intel or communications base can be crucial, as well as a vessel for medevacs. One of the most important roles yachts play though, is that of bringing hope. In remote parts of a badly-struck region yachts can be the first vessels to arrive, reassuring locals affected that they are on the relief map.
In regional yachting hubs YachtAid Global’s partners - for example Estela Shipping in Palma and Eco-Mer in Antibes - coordinate large and small donations as well as the loading and clearance of aid. Regional representatives then feed into YachtAid Global which is able to coordinate with the government or contact on the ground; acting as a single point of contact for the superyacht industry to ensure well-intentioned aid enquiries don’t swamp resources in affected areas.
With widespread use of social media, images and information after a natural emergency are extensively shared, though they’re not always an accurate representation of events on the ground. To mitigate this, YachtAid Global’s team works with Humanity Road - a respected, reliable source of ground truth information - to provide a source of accurate, ongoing information for media. The organization is also adept at helping local media disseminate information from their perspective in the emergency zone.
Energy Observer is the first vessel that use renewable energy to produce hydrogen from seawater with zero CO2 emissions and zero fine particles.The vessel will be used for four years of traveling 20,000 nautical miles to test and promote renewable energy technologies.The ship was originally designed as a sailboat by the architect Nigel Ayrens.Later vessel was modified to use electricity from solar and hydrokinetic sources and electrolytically split water. The whole process was set up to power the ship's electric motors and airborne services using hydrogen, which is supplied to the fuel cell.Major changes have affected solar panels which have been expanded to include more efficient photovoltaic cells. Also, was added second Toyota fuel cell with a maximum power of 114 kW, Oceanwings sail system. At the end propellers were replaced with Brunton automatic propellers.
February 27, 2020
The 85.3-meter deep-sea research and expedition vessel OceanXplorer (Alucia 2) was launched after a two-year recovery in the Netherlands.OceanXplorer was built in 2010 at the Freire shipyard in Spain and spent her life as a deep-sea research vessel operating from Norway under the name Volstad Surveyor.Mark Dalio, co-founder and Creative Director of OceanX, explains that the vessel will be used to explore the least studied parts of the Indian Ocean.The ship is equipped with a 40-ton A-frame and is designed specifically for the deployment of two submarines that can dive to a depth of over 3,000 feet for eight hours. The vessel is also ideal for long-range reconnaissance tasks and aerial photography.OceanXplorer is a project that brings together the best scientists, researchers, shipbuilders and media representatives together with the BBC to research underwater discoveries that will be analyzed in modern laboratories for dry and wet conditions on board, while the OceanXplorer media studio will be able to document and broadcast research in ultra-high resolution around the world.
February 27, 2020
Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design unveiled the new BlackCat Superyachts line of sailing catamarans.Mitch Booth says that the new model will have the same beautiful lines as the previous BlackCat 50 model and differ in a spectacular interior design from the M2 Atelier.The builder of the BlackCat 30 was McConaghy Boats. McConaghy is widely recognized as an expert in the design of mid-size carbon fiber multihulls. McConaghy is the latest addition to an industry-leading alliance of industry-leading suppliers combining BlackCat Superyachts with other well-known names, including North Sails and Southern Spars, reinforcing the benchmark already established by BlackCat Superyachts in the large cruise catamaran market.The BlackCat series of superyachts is able to sail efficiently and quickly thanks to the lightweight carbon fiber construction of the yacht, minimizing emissions and, in some cases, completely eliminating them.The BlackCat 30 offers accommodation for up to eight guests in six cabins, as well as accommodations for four crew members. The yacht has a very open and spacious atmosphere, the saloon of the main deck is on the same level and large enough to serve large dinners and entertainment.The catamaran is able to reach speeds of up to 20 knots and reach a maximum speed of over 30 knots, with a low hill angle and a stable platform.
February 27, 2020
Jarkko Jämsén - marine architector and designer.He leads three design studios based in Helsinki (Aivan - design and branding, Navia Design - shipping tourism and design) and Monaco (Jamsen - design of superyachts). His team created 50 different models, and about 1,000 to 1,500 boats are built each year.One of his familiar projects was Syzygy 818.Jämsén was involved in the concept, interior layout and exterior design of the ship, and also in the development and modeling of hull lines.His strong desire to apply the principles of building wooden boats was realized while working together with Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects and the Dutch studio Sinot Yacht Design that led the interior design.The superstructure was led by KK Superyachts directly at the Feadship Royal Van Lent Kaag in the Netherlands.The yacht was first launched at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2019.Jämsén describes the design as straightforward and discreet. It was inspired by the Japanese design of the Sinot Yacht Design.The highest priority for Jämsén in designing Syzygy 818 was to make the yacht comfortable for the owner, and as a result added features that had never been included in the Feadship, such as handrails with push buttons on the balcony and the front door owner in the VIP cabin on the upper deck.The author tried to make the design calm and elegant. As for details, they were supposed not to be evident. Only when all these features were achieved, Jämsén considered his project successful.
February 26, 2020
Gulf Craft, based in the UAE, has announced the launch of the 37-meter superyacht Majesty 120.Majesty 120 is constructed using advanced composites such as GRP and carbon fibre. Gulf Craft’s design studio is responsible for her naval architecture and exterior design, while the Italian studio of Cristiano Gatto Design Team undertook interior design of the yacht.The internal profile of the yacht is distinguished by clear geometric lines and modern style. The interior is decorated in classic muted gray, black and aqua tones.A hallmark aboard the Majesty 120 can be found in its huge sun deck, which is by shipyard words 30 percent larger than yachts in its class.Board accommodates up to 11 guests in five spacious cabins in an asymmetric layout, which are looked after by up to seven crew members.The Majesty 120 is the first Majesty model equipped with fully airborne electric drive equipment, allowing it to have a quiet environment and less demanding life, leaving only two 2600-hp MTU engines and diesel generators.
February 26, 2020