Superyacht Industry Insight
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Below are archived articles written by OnlyCaptains and contributing authors and will be available for the next 3 months after which the site will be closed down.
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Yacht CO2 Where Are We Headed?
People often ask about the GHG emissions from superyachts and the ‘Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020’ provides some indicators for each year from 2012 – 2018 represented in the graphic. Due to a variety of reasons the [...]
Methanol A Promising Solution?
There has been much talk about reducing CO2 emissions from superyachts and apart from incremental changes that may be possible through technology such as hybrid propulsion, batteries, digitalisation and efficient hull design, the uncomfortable truth is it [...]
Plastic Pollution Below the Waterline
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests a large percentage of the microfibres in our oceans is the result of washing clothes in automatic machines. Many of those microfibres are from man-made fibres i.e. plastic. It [...]
HYBRID YACHTS – MORE THAN JUST HYPE?
There has been a lot written about ‘Hybrid’ yachts, often with some hype about being eco-friendly, having green credentials, etc., but with very little information of substance to support the claims. Hybrid, in the context of motor [...]
Superyacht Crew – OOW Unlimited, An Alternative Worth Considering?
There has been much debate about the quality of education and training for superyacht crew and, of course, the 3000gt limit. On the latter point, not only does this prevent you from working on the largest superyachts, [...]
Shedding Some Light On Solar Energy For Superyachts
There have been several concepts, and a good many articles and discussions relating to the use of solar panels on superyachts. And, as a zero-emissions energy source, this would seem to be an ideal technology to reduce or [...]
Two Anchors? ‘YAW’ Must be Joking?
Some Captains don't like to use two anchors and, given some of my early experiences, I can understand the reluctance and the ‘you must be joking, more trouble than they’re worth’ sentiment. Those early experiences were not [...]
What Lies Beneath
Although the primary environmental concern challenging our industry is C02 and other emissions generated from burning fossil fuels, there are other vectors such as sewage and grey water that can also have an impact. Whilst on the [...]
How much chain do you need?
I was prompted to write this because of the increasing restrictions in France due to environmental concerns and the impact anchoring has been having on the sea grass/Posidonia. This means that in many places along of the [...]
I can sleep when I’m dead
I suspect many captains and crew will have succumbed to the embrace of this maxim – I know I have in my past. Working long hours and having minimum sleep was often worn as a badge of [...]
Is it possible to ‘future proof’ a superyacht? The reason for this question is that it doesn’t take much to realise that being able to switch your yacht from fossil fuel to green fuels in the future [...]
A Culture of Adjustment…Hours of Work and Rest
I must admit to a bit of plagiarism here as the title, in part, comes from the World Maritime University (WMU) Report1 into the hours of work and rest (HOWR) in the shipping industry - link at the [...]
Crew Rotation In The Superyacht Industry – Part II
Following our last post and feedback, we take a deeper look at rotation. We believe the benefits for crew are well understood, so in this piece we focus mainly on how rotation can improve yacht ownership and [...]
Crew Rotation In the Superyacht Industry – Part I
Although commercial shipping has rotated crew for many years, it is a recent phenomenon in the superyacht industry. It started to become a reality on yachts first with engineers, and then on the larger yachts where manning [...]