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GERMAN SHIPBUILDER EYES GREEN SUPERYACHT MARKET

GERMAN SHIPBUILDER EYES GREEN SUPERYACHT MARKET

Monday, September 27, 2021 

The Meyer Group says it is working on innovative concepts in new market segments, headed by a concept design for a mega-yacht powered entirely by fuel cells and batteries, named ‘One 50’.

CEO Bernard Meyer said: "Since 1795, we have built more than 700 ships in Papenburg alone. So our references can be seen on all the world's oceans. Now we are opening the next chapter in our history and entering the market for mega yachts. We have already received very positive feedback because we can realize almost limitless ideas and ship sizes - even the seemingly craziest ones. We are currently seeing that the demand for mega yachts is increasing and there is room for another shipyard in this segment."

MD Thomas Weigend said: "Mega-yachts are a new market segment that we can serve at all our three shipyards. At Meyer, it is always our ambition to position ourselves at the top - in environmental protection as well as now in yacht size. That's why the One 50 is just the beginning of our ideas and plans."

One 50 is 150m long and 20m wide, with volume of 15,000gt. On six decks, the yacht for a maximum of 44 guests offers a spa on two levels, a cinema with an adjoining billiard salon, an entertainment area including a stage, an art gallery and a huge infinity pool at the stern. Fuel cells and battery banks are installed in the engine room to make One 50 as sustainable as possible. Electrically powered by 25,000kW, One 50 will reach a maximum speed of 23 knots.

Technical manager Malte Poelmann added: "We see a lot of potential in mega yachts for new environmentally friendly technologies, which we also use directly in the One 50, for example the fuel cell for emission-free ship operation. We attach very great importance to this. In addition to the many competencies and skills we already have, we will also bring additional specialists from the yacht building industry into our team and strengthen the Meyer Group."

Meyer concluded: "We are experts in building special ships, we have proven that many times. Now we are working on making mega yachts even bigger and, above all, greener."

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