Wärtsilä and the Pastrovich Studio design bureau have signed an agreement to develop a new generation of unusual vessels that will combine the luxury of superyachts with engineering solutions used on passenger liners. At the same time, the designers will pay special attention to ensuring that these X-Boutique catamarans-liners become the most environmentally friendly and optimized in terms of construction and operating costs.
The length of the concept is about 60 m, and it is planned to equip cabins and recreation areas for 36 guests on board. Wärtsilä does not say under which register and standards the ship is designed, but judging by the number of passengers, it could be PYC. The target audience for which this project is being developed also looks unusual: the company is confident that such boats will equally satisfy the needs of both millennials and cruise veterans, and, in addition to the charter segment of the yachting industry, they will be promoted in the premium hotel market.
Wärtsilä is well known in the shipbuilding industry for its innovative technical solutions, and it has already been decided that X-Boutique will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system, part of the electricity for domestic needs will be generated by solar panels integrated into the superstructure, and thermal energy recovery systems will be installed on board. According to Wärtsilä, the vessel will be so environmentally friendly that it will be allowed to enter protected areas, where access to conventional motor superyachts is closed. Of course, the levels of privacy, security and service on board will be as close as possible to those on private yachts, which will attract guests who seek to avoid crowded places and are demanding of service.
“Improving the efficiency of ships and reducing their negative impact on the environment are central to our design approach called Smart Marine,” explains Giammario Meloni of Wärtsilä Italy. "It implies cooperation with world-class partners, we are happy to develop this ambitious project together with Pastrovich Studio."
“Wärtsilä is the ideal partner to meet these challenges,” says Stefano Pastrovich. “We share their vision of getting the job done as well as possible, and by combining our engineering and design know-how, we will design a megayacht with the highest level of innovation. I am confident that cruise ships of this nature can revitalize and transform the charter market, attracting people of all generations. "
This is not the first example of cooperation between Stefano Pastrovic and Wärtsilä: among their successful joint projects are the concepts X-Vintage (99 m) and X-Expedition (107 m, 64-108 guests depending on the configuration of the vessel), which have become a kind of bridges between the world of cruise ships and superyachts.