Where Are We Headed In 2023?

Graph showing CO2 emissions from superyachts, past and future with photo background of yachts at anchor.

In 2022 two statements stood out for me that highlight the attitude towards climate change and the future of yachting: But superyachts are clean! CEO of renowned brokerage Adapt or die! CEO of northern european shipyard   There is still a large gap between those who believe we can continue with “business as usual” (BAU) […]

Green Superyacht Corridors

According to the Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020 in 2018 superyachts emitted approx. 4.9 Million tons of C02e – note: this does not take account of shore power and use of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) so could be much higher. Based on the past trend and forecast growth, without significant changes in efficiency, energy consumption […]

Electronic Anchoring vs. Dynamic Positioning, What’s The Difference?

Superycaht with three degrees of freedom and forces related to DP

I was prompted to write this after I saw a recent press release stating a new 80m+ superyacht project had “electronic anchoring to protect sensitive areas”. This is not the first time I have seen this kind of announcement and it got me thinking about these systems – what is “electronic anchoring” how are they […]

A CARBON IMPACT STATEMENT FOR OWNERS AND CHARTERERS

Unlike shipping and other industries, we do not collect and report on carbon emissions from the use of superyachts, but it would be easy to calculate from fuel and electricity usage from a yachts operational/consumption reports. Carbon Calculator Could a ‘CARBON IMPACT STATEMENT’ for owners and charterers based on use, help accelerate us towards a […]

What is HVO and How Can It Help CO2 Emissions?

There has been a lot of focus on new technologies and green fuels such as hydrogen and methanol as a means of decarbonising the superyacht industry. While these will offer solutions for new-builds in the future, what about the large fleet of recent builds and legacy vessels, how can they reduce their carbon emissions? These […]

How Will Climate Change Affect The Cost of Superyacht Ownership – Part II

In Part I we looked at how a carbon tax and more energy efficient yachts could affect Operational Costs, in this second part we consider the other factors such as: – Build Cost Finance Resale Build Cost As well as the component parts of a hybrid or an alternative energy solution, there are design and […]

How Will Climate Change Affect The Cost of Superyacht Ownership – Part I

Superyacht ownership will be more expensive in the coming years. This is not only due to inflationary pressures e.g. raw materials, employment, and the cost of finance, but also factors driven by climate change.  These will affect: – Operational Costs Build Cost Finance Resale In a series of articles superyacht2030 will consider their impact on […]

Methanol A Promising Solution?

There has been much talk about reducing CO2 emissions from superyachts and apart from incremental changes that may be possible through technology such as hybrid propulsion, batteries, digitalisation and efficient hull design, the uncomfortable truth is it will not be sufficient to reach the goal of zero-carbon yachting. The only way to achieve that goal […]

Plastic Pollution Below the Waterline

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests a large percentage of the microfibres in our oceans is the result of washing clothes in automatic machines.

Hybrid Yachts – More Than Just Hype?

There has been a lot written about ‘Hybrid’ yachts, often with some hype about being eco-friendly, having green credentials, etc., but with very little information of substance to support the claims. Hybrid, in the context of motor yachts, just means there is more than one system capable of providing propulsion and/or electrical power. Apart from […]