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The Netherlands: Amels 55-meter Yacht STEP ONE Completes All Tests

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The brand new Amels 55-meter yacht, STEP ONE, had her first day out at sea on Tuesday, April 4th 2012. All tests were completed to the full satisfaction of classification bureau Lloyds Register and the Owner’s Representative, Moran Yachts & Ship.

Amels project manager Roeland Berrevoets commented: “This design has now been tried and tested, which means that there were no surprises. After a very productive day, everybody went home smiling.”

STEP ONE’s exterior is designed by the renowned British designer Tim Heywood and her full custom interior by Laura Sessa. She is the first in line of the 55 meters series and measures 660 Gross Tons. STEP ONE is part of the very successful Amels Limited Editions range, which bridges the gap between semi-custom and full custom yachts. There is a possibility that STEP ONE will be on display at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Amels is busier than ever with 12 new construction projects and two major refits underway. The current Limited Editions range offers four models which range from 180 feet to 242 feet (55 to 74 metres), or in gross tonnage terms, from 650 to 1720 Gross Tons. All exterior designs are by Tim Heywood, whilst a number of owners opt for a fully customised interior design.

Amels has been part of the Dutch family-owned Damen Shipyards Group since 1991. The Damen Shipyards Group specialises in technically sophisticated vessels. With approximately 6,000 employees and 38 shipyards worldwide, around 150 vessels are delivered each year. The turnover in 2011 was 1.3 billion Euro with an annual growth of around 10%.

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USA: SCOD Presents World’s First Zero Carbon Superyacht Tender `The Emax Super Marine 45`

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SCOD Presents the World’s First Zero Carbon Superyacht Tender with a Top Speed of 80 knots ‘The Emax Super Marine 45’. The Emax Solar Hybrid Jet Propelled Tender is powered by twin CMD TDI V6’s coupled to GM Allison Hybrid Transmissions.

Each 450hp Diesel Electric Power Plant is revolutionary in the fact that it weighs no more than its gasoline equivalents while consuming 40% less fuel!

When employed as a Zero Carbon ship-to-shore Shuttle the Emax Super Marine 45 relies on a 32KWh Lithium UPS to propel the Solar Hybrid boat at up to 25 knots in virtually silent electric mode. Push the throttles full ahead and the infinitely variable transmission kicks into low gear engaging the V6’s and loading the Hi-Torque RR Waterjets to deliver unsurpassed acceleration. Once on a plane the transmission selects the most economical rpm for the load at all speeds up to 80 knots.

Available from Ned Ship Group the 900hp (1160 ft.lbs of torque) Carbon Epoxy Super Marine 45 is the fastest most powerful tender in the world. Even so she is 50 to 100% Greener than other tenders in her class, due to her Solar Hybrid Propulsion and the ability to store and use energy harnessed from her 4KW Photo Voltaic SunPower Solbian array.

The Emax Super Marine 45 utilizes Allison’s Hybrid technology, a dual mode (Series & parallel EVT) Electrically Variable Transmission that delivers the highest level of economy with the best performance. This system with years of proven reliability from Arctic to sub tropical environments is employed in thousands of Hybrid buses the world over as well as the GM fleet of Hybrid pickup trucks, the Hybrid Cadillac Escalade and surprisingly the Hybrid Bluetec S Class Mercedes Benz .

Allison’s global leadership in Hybrid Technology is underpinned by the more than $300 million dollars that they and Remy have received in US DOE grants to develop this system.

SCOD Presents World’s First Zero Carbon Superyacht `The Emax Super Marine 45`

Whether shuttling passengers and supplies back and forth or embarking on an exhilarating adventure, the luxurious teak decked Super Marine 45 can seat up to 10 people, plus 4 sunbathers on the sun bed. Inside the cabin beneath the Solar Center Cockpit she provides a shower room with stand up head and a sumptuous double bed. For excursions there’s a kitchenette with fridge/freezer, stove, microwave and a foredeck table for setting out a buffet or having a sit down luncheon for six guests.

Richard Sauter Head of Design commented “With a top speed of 80 knots, no other Superyacht tender compares to this upper echelon of performance combined with luxury, style and versatility.

As a jet propelled Zero Carbon recreational watercraft she is the safest and by far the most Eco Friendly boat of her kind. The EPA estimates that registered recreational boats in the USA produce a staggering 330 million metric tons of CO2 per year. Switching from gasoline to Emax Solar Hybrid propulsion can reduce that figure by over 50% thereby reducing “global warming pollution” by more than a 160 million metric tons per year.

Vessel particulars:

LOA 45’ / Beam 10.5’ / Draft 2’

Standard Power: (2) Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) TDI 4.2 V8 – 700hp

Optional Hybrid Power. (2) CMD 3 liter TDI V6/GM Allison Hybrid – 900hp

UPS 32KWh; Valence Technology

Drives; (2) Rolls Royce FF Series WaterJets

Construction; Ned Ship Epoxy Carbon Fibre

Zero Carbon Cruise; 25 knots

Standard Cruise; 55 knots

Max Speed; 80 knots

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