Viareggio-based shipyard VSY has joined forces with the Lloyd’s Register and Siemens to work on hydrogen fuel-cell power sources for Waterecho, a 65-metre (213-foot) superyacht concept from designer Espen Øino.
The new concept, which was given a public airing during Monaco Yacht Show 2018, is part of a concerted effort by VSY to push its work in green technology. In addition, it’s hoped that the vessel will raise awareness of environmentally conscious luxury.
VSY’s new energy and propulsion system has been developed by Siemens, originally for the shipping industry and now for the world of yachting. These easily integrated systems should help boost the superyacht’s green credentials and provide a cleaner energy supply.
VSY will be undertaking the technical and commercial feasibility of the system and its installation aboard Waterecho, with Siemens offering technical solutions and the Lloyd’s Register assessing the results to ensure that everything meets the necessary requirements and certifications.
As well as the new hydrogen fuel cell power system, Waterecho will include top-of-the-line electric generators, exhaust gas treatment mechanisms and onboard heat-saving measures. Sustainable materials will also be used wherever possible.
The new concept’s exterior lines are by Øino, with innovative interiors by Italian studio Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects. Waterecho is able to entertain up to 12 guests in complete style and comfort, with accommodation spread across six deluxe cabins. Nine crew cabins allow for a staff of up to 16.
Key features – aside from the fuel system – include a forward owner’s cabin with ceiling heights of up to four metres, a mezzanine offering access to a private foredeck and spacious communal areas with panoramic views. Two swimming pools are also available, with the first on the main deck and the second adjacent to the sun-deck gym.
A main tender garage is able to house a large limo tender and rescue tender, with lateral shell doors on both flanks of the hull forepart. This also creates a space on the low deck for a second aft hangar – or, alternatively if the owner wishes it, the beach club can be extended to spread across the full beam of the superyacht.
The forward-thinking propulsion systems will give Waterecho a top speed of 16 knots, with a Transatlantic cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles if travelling at speeds of 12 knots.