Oceanco, the Dutch superyacht builder, has commissioned BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, to begin work on designing its next generation of bespoke luxury yachts. This follows on from the success of the the existing LY2-based 700 platform over the past 18 months.

The 110m-120m platform, code named PA107, has been conceived with a focus on efficiency and environmental considerations. As a result PA107 incorporates a synergy of optimised hydrodynamics, a hybrid propulsion system as well as energy efficient technologies. Efficient and environmentally optimised these new super yachts will be designed with the highest regard for safety being fully SOLAS compliant for up to 36 guests.

The design features a hybrid diesel mechanical/diesel electric propulsion system with the MTU 4000 series engine at its heart. Twin CPP propellers’ mean that a yacht can be driven either by full electric propulsion or in a diesel mechanical mode, in addition to a hybrid mode. When in hybrid mode the electric propulsion motors can be used as generators to supply the hotel loads negating the need to run auxiliary generators – delivering fuel efficiencies and reducing environmental impact.

BMT Nigel Gee has also announced it is to join Superyacht UK, an association within the British Marine Federation set up to promote British excellence in the superyacht sector. The association has over 160 members operating in the design, build and service provision of yachts over 24 metres load line length.

James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT said: “BMT Nigel Gee have been participating in Superyacht UK activities for many years but have previously stopped short of full membership. By formalising our relationship with Superyacht UK we believe we are better positioned to contribute towards the valuable work that Superyacht UK does, not only for the UK superyacht sector but also the wider industry”.

BMT Nigel Gee will participate in the Superyacht UK Technical Sub-Group focusing on technical and regulatory issues facing the industry, formulation of the UK lobbying position and providing guidance to the Technical Department of the British Marine Federation. These are all areas in which BMT Nigel Gee has particular expertise and will be able to share its unique knowledge and insights with the superyacht community.

James Roy continued: “We have just completed research to determine what impact future regulations will have on the design of large yachts, with specific application to yachts of over 3,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) and carrying more than 12 passengers. Our work has focused on quantifying the changing regulations within the SOLAS regime with specific application to large yachts. This work is something we are keen to share with the industry via the Superyacht UK technical committee.”

David Elson, technical director of the BMF said, “The British Marine Federation and Superyacht UK are delighted to welcome BMT Nigel Gee into membership and look forward to their contribution to the Superyacht UK Technical Sub-Group. BMT Nigel Gee hold a wealth of experience within the large yacht industry and their presence on the Superyacht UK Technical Sub-Group will provide highly valuable design and engineering input to the forum”