In 2023 Sanlorenzo, award winner of the 'Sustainability Excellence Award 2022', is the Project Partner of the Blue Innovation Dock, the Boot Düsseldorf platform that brings together voices and projects dedicated to sustainability, priority for the future not only of yachting. At the press-conference, hosted yesterday, Massimo Perotti, CEO of Sanlorenzo, announced that the shipyard is working on a launch of a net zero superyacht in 2027.
Sanlorenzo Boot Dusseldorf stand designed by Piero Lissoni
These are projects of absolute technological innovation that will be made possible thanks to exclusive strategic agreements with energy giants such as Siemens Energy. Despite the fact that yachting accounts for only 0.22% of the total GHG emissions of the entire shipping sector, (International Maritime Organisation, 2020), the introduction of innovations and technologies to reduce the environmental impact of yachts is becoming an increasingly central part of the Sanlorenzo Group's Research and Development department's business plan.
After the exclusive agreement signed with Siemens Energy for the development and integration of combined reformer/fuel cell modules into the power supply system for hotellerie functions on yachts between 24 and 80 meters in length, and after the decision announced in September 2022 to develop such a system for the specific requirements of the new 50Steel, the Sanlorenzo Group can today state that the project's progress is proceeding right as planned.
The testing phase of the first reformer/fuel cell modules has begun, while the basic design of the methanol/water supply, power management, condensation and ventilation systems has just been completed. At present, the components of the complete system that will be installed on board the first 50Steel unit in the Sanlorenzo shipyard in La Spezia at the beginning of 2024 are under preparation. Concurrently, the project team is engaged in the Risk Assessment of the entire hotel power generation system together with Lloyd’s Register.
Once completed, this innovative application will represent the first concrete step in the generation of carbon-neutral power from new-generation fuels (E-methanol and bio-methanol) for the entire yachting industry.
At the same time, Sanlorenzo is already thinking about a second step: the development of a carbon-neutral power generation system, with a substantial increase in the power developed by the reformer/fuel cell modules.
This will make low-speed, wide-range navigation possible in carbon neutrality conditions through the hybrid propulsion system, overcoming the current limitations of systems, which in zero emission mode (main engines and generators off) can only rely on the modest energy capacity of the batteries. This second step will also require a technological leap in the yacht's structure and plant configuration.
Sanlorenzo's R&D and technical department engineers together with Lloyd’s Register will tackle this challenge by focusing on the development of high capacity structural tanks suitable for the new fuel. These will be compatible with the limited space available on board and will take into account the strict regulations currently applied to large methanol transport vessels.
The ultimate goal for Sanlorenzo includes an even more ambitious third step: the design and construction of a superyacht powered solely by green methanol. The generation of the power needed to sail at maximum speed will therefore no longer be tied to diesel engines, but rather will be based on a combination of fuel cells and internal combustion engines powered by green methanol.
Sanlorenzo was founded in 1985 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.60 to 62 meters in length.
Following the purchase of Mulder’s fourth facility in Enkhuizen in February last year, a team of the Mulder craftspeople was put together to start constructing the seventh hull of the ThirtySix series, which is now well on its way.“Now having entered her typically efficient building time, she was ready to be turned on 3rd February, and the process went off without a hitch,” states the shipyard on social media. Hull seven of the series is expected to be delivered in 2024.Like her predecessors, she has the exterior design by Claydon Reeves, and naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. She can accommodate up to ten guests across five cabins, and seven crew members in four cabins.She is equipped with twin Caterpillar engines and has a maximum speed of 17 knots and cruise at 15. Mulder Shipyard was established in 1938 by Dirk Mulder. With a Mulder still at its helm, this traditional family business can attribute its excellent reputation to the classic Super Favorite Cruisers, the later Favorite Superieur and a wide range of custom and semi custom motoryachts. Welcoming our newest edition to the Mulder series, the Mulder ThirtySix, in the Summer of 2017, adding yet another Superyacht to the Mulder fleet. Credits: Mulder
February 7, 2023
Sanlorenzo will bring a fleet of five to the Miami International Boat Show, which will be held from 15 to 19 February).SD96 (Photo by Thomas Pagani)The SD96 will be presented at the event as a testament to the unmistakable style of the semi-displacement navette, the historic yacht line of the shipyard, whose distinguishing feature is its balance between design and volume.SL96AThe range of planning yachts on offer is more extensive: SL96A and SL120A, asymmetrical, are present, alongside the more classic SL86. Last but not least, the innovative crossover SX88. SX88 (Photo by Leo Torri)Sanlorenzo was founded in 1985 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.60 to 62 meters in length. Credits: Sanlorenzo
February 7, 2023
The 46.8m high-performance cruiser sloop Nilaya departed from her construction hall at the builder’s Vollenhove facility last week. Royal Huisman project 405 aka Reichel / Pugh – Nauta 154 was transported to and launched at the shipyard’s deepwater location in Amsterdam on Monday.Panamax sloop Nilaya is the highly anticipated superyacht that is the first to utilize Royal Huisman’s new Featherlight™ design and production method. Continuous weight monitoring throughout the build of Project 405 aka Reichel / Pugh – Nauta 154, confirms the Dutch builder has achieved its goal of slicing 11% of the weight of its typical advanced aluminum cruising yachts. Most importantly, it has reduced weight without sacrificing stiffness or cutting corners on quality for this high-performance cruiser. The shipyard’s revolutionary Featherlight™ method for this 46.8m /sailing machine is not a single process or construction technique, but a holistic lightweight approach combining various weight-saving solutions. Royal Huisman Project 405 Nilaya will be delivered to her owners in the coming months.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Guy Fleury; RedCharlieMedia/Royal Huisman
February 7, 2023
Turkish yacht builder VisionF Yachts has unveiled a new flagship model: the VisionF 100. The new catamaran is constructed entirely of innovative kevlar composite for high strength-to-weight ratio, meaning a very light structure that is at the same time extremely strong, rigid and durable. The first hull was sold and will be delivered in early 2025. “I’m happy to announce that we have sold the first VisionF 100 in kevlar composite and we are going to deliver the catamaran in early 2025,” said Coskun Bayraktar, Founder and Owner of VisionF Yachts. “And we plan to start building the second unit that will be launched in March 2025.”At 30.5 meters overall, the flybridge catamaran shares the same in-house design DNA and many of the features of its smaller siblings, but on a superyacht scale. Catamaran has a max beam of 12 meters and a 1.2-meter draft that makes it perfect to explore shallow waters, for example, in the Caribbean and enter secluded bays.The aft cockpit has dining facilities for a full complement of guests with an ingenious sofa design whose backrest can be shifted to face the table or a folding terrace suspended over the stern. The foredeck has a large glass-bottomed hot-tub (2.4m x 1.6m) above the water below. The expansive sundeck offers 116 sq. m of open-air space with yet more sofa seating, sunbeds, dining table and a bar unit.Inside on the main deck is a huge 100 sq. m saloon with a dining room. Clients can also choose to have a forward-facing master stateroom of 30 sq. m with private access to the foredeck. In the two hulls, which can be configured to suit individual owners’ preference, there is space for up to six ensuite guest cabins, a fully equipped galley and, depending on the choice of guest cabin layout, as many as three crew cabins with separate access.As for the propulsion, the VisionF 100 will be fitted with four Volvo Penta IPS 1050 engines for the maximum speed of 22 knots.VisionF Yachts in Turkey was set up by Coşkun Bayraktar in Istanbul in 2019, but despite the shipyard’s relative youth it is a brand that is going places in the power catamaran world. In November 2020, VisionF Yachts debuted its first vessel, the VisionF 80. Credits: VisionF Yachts
February 7, 2023
47m high-performance cruiser sloop Nilaya and her Panamax carbon fiber mast and boom by Rondal on the move to Royal Huisman Amsterdam. Last week Nilaya has departed from her construction hall at the builder’s Vollenhove facility. Exploring all the options for a luxurious performance cruiser also capable of podium finishes at superyacht regattas, the team made full design studies for the yacht in both carbon and aluminum using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to optimize hull shape and balance. Royal Huisman used a Featherlight™ method, an evolution of nearly 60 years of aluminum yacht-building experience melded with the latest carbon technology, providing her owners the best of both materials for a no-compromise yacht. <iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/tNEPsHprwug title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share allowfullscreen></iframe>“While the new Nilaya is meant to take the owners world cruising, they also asked for a boat with all the ‘good habits’ of their previous racer, meaning responsiveness and excellent handling. Alustar aluminum is the right material for an advanced, quality superyacht for global cruising. It deals with noise better and is a better choice for cruising in comfort to remote locations. However, we also thought it was possible to build a lighter aluminum high-performance superyacht. Royal Huisman was not afraid to invest in research to explore and develop all manner of innovative weight-saving possibilities. They really chased the details,” says Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport who serves as the owners’ project manager on the build.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Tom van Oossanen/Royal Huisman; Royal Huisman YouTube
February 6, 2023