A new generation of boutique cruise ships is set to emerge, with the luxury of a superyacht, the construction techniques and passenger experience of a cruise ship, and a close focus on the environment. So says hybrid and electric marine specialist Wärtsilä, which has signed a partnership agreement with architect and yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich for the design of innovative sustainable superyachts for the boutique cruise sector.
Precise details are still sparse, but Wärtsilä said the design will feature a fully integrated combination of hybrid propulsion and solar panels. The powertrain will be installed in a 60m-long catamaran with accommodation for up to 36 passengers. The company noted that the low-emissions-propulsion system will mean the ships will be permitted to access harbors that would otherwise be closed to large motor yachts.
“This project encompasses all these ambitions, and we look forward to co-developing with Stefano Pastrovich a totally integrated solution that combines energy efficiency, sustainability and onboard comfort,” explained Giammario Meloni, senior sales manager, Wärtsilä Italia.