Amels 188 is first Dutch build to meet new IMO environmental standard
by Simon Hardie
Engineering tests on the new Amels 188 design have shown Amels to be the first Dutch superyacht builder to reach the new International Maritime Organisation ‘Tier III’ level for nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions.
The environmental impact of the 57.7 metre Amels 188 has been reduced without affecting the quality or comfort of the design. Amels said in a statement that it has managed to slash harmful NOx emissions by almost 80%.
“When the IMO clarified the deadline for the Tier III limits, we realised that the industry had no available integrated solution and very limited practical knowhow,” explained Amels technical director Hans van Triet.
“So we took the lead to ensure there would be no delays for our clients, no compromise on luxury space, and no compromise on our renowned low levels of noise and vibrations.
"And I believe we’re doing our part to face up to these technical challenges and reduce the environmental impact of our industry. That can only benefit us all.”
The new IMO Tier III regulations came into effect on January 1 2016 and will impact any yacht over 500 tons that plans to cruise in any of the NOx Emission Control Areas. The regulations apply to any yacht with a keel laid after January 2016.
The Amels 188 was introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015 as the latest addition to the Amels Limited Editions series of semi-custom superyachts.
The Amels 188 features hybrid electrical propulsion, coupled with a large battery bank and a generator set with Amels smart power management and Amels heat recovery.
The next part of the design that will be tested is the highly efficient, fuel-saving technology. Delivery is scheduled for Spring 2018.