Wartsila Developing Hybrid Boutique Cruise

Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a partnership agreement with architect and yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich on the design of a new type of sustainable superyachts for the boutique cruise segment to serve the charter and luxury hotel sectors.

The design will feature a fully-integrated combination of hybrid propulsion and solar panels for minimal environmental impact and high energy efficiency.

The concept is built around a 60-meter long catamaran with accommodation for up to 36 passengers. The level of sustainability will be such that it will enjoy access to harbors that would otherwise be closed to large motor yachts.

Wärtsilä has extensive hybrid propulsion and energy recovery experience and has already worked with Pastrovich in other successful projects.

By Sarah Spangler