Hybrid System On Camper & Nicholsons' DU Voyager 50 To Cut Costs
Published: Thursday, 09 April 2015
Camper & Nicholsons announces a development for its central agency listing, the DU Voyager 50 superyacht, bringing initial construction cost savings as well as noteworthy efficiencies in the operation of the yacht.
The DU Voyager 50, a 50-metre superyacht to be constructed in Thailand by Ruea Yachts, has been created by Design Unlimited to offer a stylised yacht with extensive living space including a glass-covered master suite with sun terrace forward, complete with retractable side balconies and a central spa pool.
The shipyard is now able to offer the yacht with an advanced serial hybrid power/propulsion system which can reduce emissions by up to 80% and reduce fuel consumption by 10-15%, while also decreasing vibration.
Instead of using conventional diesel generator sets this system uses the latest in marine micro turbine technology for clean, quiet, reliable, low maintenance services power which completely integrates with the central control system.
While many hybrid systems are perceived to be overly complicated and potentially unreliable, this latest system uses fewer components and has extremely efficient transfer of power into propulsion. Using a cable “electrical shaft” no expensive gearing system is needed and with the ability to locate drive pods at the very stern of the vessel vibration can be vastly reduced.
“Hybrid systems are becoming increasingly sought after and popular,” says Simon Turner, Camper & Nicholsons' listing broker for the DU Voyager 50. “The challenge is to make them reliable and efficient. Drawing on experience from commercial systems available today the yard has been able to create a very enticing enhancement for the DU Voyager 50.”
Camper & Nicholsons and Design Unlimited will be exhibiting at the London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show held London Apr 8-10. Representatives from both companies will be on hand to discuss the project.