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Zero Emissions boat for YCM is under construction

Zero Emissions boat for YCM is under construction

By Staff Writer - August 5, 2020

The Yacht Club of Monaco says everything is on track for the building of its new Zero Emission Committee Boat, which was commissioned last year.

Despite the current crisis, and in the wake of the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge, the Yacht Club of Monaco is continuing its environmental innovation programme with the building of the clean energy vessel.

Naval architect Espen Oeino designed the hull for the vessel, which is currently under construction at the Chantier Bretagne Sud boatyard. It is being fitted with a hybrid electric-hydrogen system developed by EODev for propulsion and onboard energy requirements. The goal is to achieve zero emissions and no noise pollution.

“Drawing on their experience and successful installation of a fuel cell for the autonomous Energy Observer, EODev is more than prepared to take the YCM’s future committee boat into Phase 2,” said the YCM on its website.

The boat will complement to Club’s fleet, which was recently boosted by the arrival of three electric tenders. Built entirely of aluminium and therefore easy to recycle, it can switch between solar power and the hydrogen solution for propulsion. To add further value to the project, it is designed to be as quiet as possible so as to minimise the impact of noise on marine life.

“The new Committee Boat is part of the Yacht Club of Monaco’s ambitious holistic eco-responsible project,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary Yacht Club of Monaco. “It is truly unique, with the aim being to design a bespoke vessel that meets complex specifications balancing stability, weight, safety, power and speed. If we want to position ourselves as one of the world capitals of yachting, we have to be a driving force for change and to offer concrete solutions.”

The boat will be 11.5 metres in length and is capable of carrying a maximum of 12 people. It will reach a max speed of 17 knots and has a range of three hours at 15 knots.

 

By Monaco Life and YCM

 

 

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