Netherlands-based yacht builder Feadship has launched the first eco-friendly hybrid superyacht Savannah
Feadship: Royal Dutch Shipyards
Feadship, a Netherlands-based yacht builder just launched “Savannah,” the world’s first real hybrid megayacht. On the outside, the 273-foot ship looks like a typical diesel giant, with five floors, a swimming pool and massive decks.
Feadship’s Savannah is powered by an advanced power system with a single diesel engine, three diesel-electric generators and giant lithium ion batteries. This combination results in a yacht that is 30 percent more fuel efficient than others of its size.
“Feadship has leveraged all of the options available in the marine industry today to bring this hugely innovative system to completion,” says Ted McCumber, the project manager for Savannah. “The way in which one gigantic propeller has been installed in front, with another electrically powered prop in its slipstream, has also never been applied on a yacht,” explains Henk de Vries, a Feadship director. “A similar system has been used onboard passenger ships in Japan, but that is an ‘industrial’ solution, without the attention to comfort required on a Feadship. To achieve this on a superyacht entailed an exceptional degree of cooperation with Wärtsilä and all the other equipment manufacturers.”
Thus, similar to a hybrid car, the Savannah can change power modes depending on the length of the journey. For short trips, the electric mode can be used, while diesel mode is better for longer voyages. For higher speeds, of 13 to 17 knots, the super vessel can use a combination of generators and diesel, and for top-speeds of 19 knots, all three systems can kick in.
Feadship’s Savannah on board amenities are exclusive and luxurious with some interesting design elements. Sliding glass doors around the saloon, turn the stretch of deck from the pool to the saloon into an open-air space, allowing to run from the main saloon and dive straight into the sea. The interior has an “underwater lounge” where guests can observe the fish outside or watch the underside of the 29-foot swimming pool. This room also converts into a movie theater with adjustable lighting and lens types and positions.
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