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First zero-emission super yacht with “Garden of Eden”

Arian Schlichenmayer

Climate change is also forcing the shipping industry to rethink. It’s interesting that yacht builders are also getting involved.

The zero emission super yacht VY-01 (Visualisation: 3Deluxe / design systems d.s. GmbH)

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Climate change is also forcing the shipping industry to rethink. It’s interesting that yacht builders are also getting involved. The architecture and design studio 3deluxe has now designed the first emission-free super yacht – including a completely exaggerated “Garden of Eden”. Here we present the super yacht.

Have you been toying with the idea of getting a yacht for a while? But have always had reservations about the many emissions that come from such a vessel? That’s understandable. You’ve probably heard about the study by Wilk and Barros, according to which yachts seem to be responsible for the largest share of billionaire emissions. Annoying.

Take Roman Abramovich, for example: in 2018, the Russian oligarch emitted an estimated 34 000 tonnes of CO2. This puts him at the top of the emissions list. His 162.5-metre yacht “Eclipse” was responsible for the very largest part of his CO2 emissions – about 22 000 tonnes. Second on the emissions list is media billionaire David Geffen. His 138-metre “Rising Sun” still emitted about 16 000 tonnes of CO2 in 2018. By way of comparison, the average person in the world emits just under five tonnes a year. In Germany, we produce about eight tonnes per capita and year.

Super yacht VY-01 to become emission-free

With the VY-01, the headaches about the environment and the guilty conscience when cruising with the super yacht should finally be a thing of the past. Although the keel has not yet been laid and can only be admired digitally for the time being, the emission-free ship was already one of the highlights of this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. But if owning the world’s longest super yacht is on your mind, you’d better click away now, because this boat will only be about 110 metres short.

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The VY-01 super yacht was designed by the marine department of the Wiesbaden-based design agency 3deluxe. The hull of the vessel has a largely closed design to minimise wind resistance. Glass surfaces on the roof and in the side walls allow daylight into the interior of the super yacht. In addition, about 450 square metres of solar cells provide electricity for the on-board systems. They also include a production plant for methanol, which can be used in intermediate steps to operate the fuel cells that provide the propulsion energy. The VY-01 can travel a maximum of 1,000 nautical miles on one tank of bio-methanol.

Floating Garden of Eden

In addition to the usual features such as the obligatory pool, there is a green area on the super yacht, which the designers call a “floating garden of Eden”. Here, in addition to a vegetable garden, a living room lounge and a bar, there is also the master bedroom – in the middle of the greenery and with an unobstructed view upwards.

The super yacht can be viewed and bought at auction via the AR platform SuperWorld as an NFT (non-exchangeable digital token). Half of the proceeds are to go to a marine conservation organisation.

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