Ferretti Group, one of Italy’s largest producers of yachts, has announced its Sustainable Powered Yacht (SuP-Y) project has had initial approval from classification organisation RINA.
Announced during the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show, the project is a collaborative effort between Ferretti Group's Superyacht Division, RINA and Weichai Group, a Chinese engine manufacturer and Ferretti Group subsidiary.
The new framework can now begin the process of being rolled out on a CRN superyacht, with Ferretti Group envisioning two different concepts: Platform 11.50, which harnesses hybrid propulsion for yachts from 60 metres to 70 metres and Platform 14.20, which employs a diesel-electric power plant for yachts from 75 metres to 90 metres.
In a press release, the Group explained that PEM (proton-exchange membrane) fuel cells would be used on board, harnessing "hydrogen reformed from green methanol and optimised to ensure predefined levels of performance and autonomy". With this proposed technology, the Group has said the yachts could spend "several days in full hotel mode without diesel generators" as well as the capacity to cruise for several hours emission-free.
“Ferretti Group, and yachting in general, are in a state of grace today that promises a bright future. This positive energy allows and requires us to invest and grow responsibly, focusing on new technologies and sustainable innovations such as those announced in the area of fuel cells,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi.
He continued: “A good example is set by CRN [...] with an important certification in the fuel sector. Ferretti Group has the merit and good fortune to have the most iconic brands in the industry, and it is on their solidity and success that we will build the yachting of tomorrow.”
It comes after Ferretti Group entered the Borsa Italiana earlier this year, making it listed on both the Italian and Hong Kong stock exchanges.