By: Beatrice Chiardi
April 13th, 2021

The concept of sustainability is a high-focus trend, which is significantly developing in the yachting industry due to innovative ideas, technological advancements, and greater care for the surrounding environment. Reducing pollution while on high seas is one of the biggest challenges that the yachting industry is facing.

Many shipyards are implementing new construction strategies thanks to new technologies that aim to be eco-efficient and sustainable. For example, Van Oossanen Naval Architects is planning an eco-friendly yacht for the future. This in-house project aims to be ready for 2030 and focuses on a 50% reduction in COI emissions by 2050.

Concerning the percentage of reduction of COI emissions, Van Oossanen Naval Architects looked at the yachts’ size in the marina, the marine traffic, the profile range, the percentage of emissions for operational modes, etc. Their main feedback was that an effective hull can reduce fuel consumption. Therefore, their solution is the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), which combines the low-speed efficiency of a full-displacement vessel with the maximum speed associated with a semi-displacement hull.

Another trend that is going to reflect the nearby future is the use of wind energy and a higher investment on the sailing vessels. A good example of this kind of super-yachts is the 106-meters Black Pearl. There is also a significant focus on the wind-powered system in the commercial sector. Other options are represented by hybrid systems with batteries.

Oceancoís 106.7m (350ft) Black Pearl – the Largest Dynarig Sailing Yacht in the World. (PRNewsfoto/Oceanco)

Other topics of great interest and discussion relate to solar power and renewable energy. For example, Arcadia Yachts is known for using solar panels on its 16- to 47-meter yachts. Solar panels contribute to making them 10 to 40% more efficient than yachts of similar sizes.

Among these solution only time can tell us which strategy will be most effective. It’s though clear from the start that the idea of reducing ecological footprint is the main objective of both shipyards and clients, and will be the main pillar for future new yacht project and constructions.


Beatrice CHIARDI