Lateral Naval Architects has received approval in principle (AIP) from ABS for its new design of a methanol-fuelled, 70m superyacht.
Lateral’s design focuses on reducing carbon emissions by using alternative fuels, specifically green methanol.
ABS utilised the ABS requirements for methanol and ethanol fuelled vessels to review the design and award the AIP.
“ABS is proud to collaborate with forward-looking companies like Lateral Naval who continuously explore and promote innovative solutions for their clients,” said Daniele Bottino, ABS manager, business development, yacht sector lead.
“This superyacht design promises to capitalise on the experience gained from commercial vessels utilising methanol to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.”
Simon Brealey, chief mechanical engineer, Lateral Naval Architects, added: “It’s fantastic to have the support of ABS as we develop the energy transition platform. ABS has great experience in working on methanol projects and we appreciate their help in ensuring that our interpretation of the methanol fuel requirements is correct.”
The yacht called Energy Transition Platform (ETP) – has been developed to ensure multiple technical pathways can be pursued as technologies mature during the energy transition timeline.
Lateral has previously worked on the idea on a larger scale and has now tested new ideas for the 70m superyacht.
In the first stage, auxiliary diesel generators are replaced by LT methanol fuel cells.
The last stage involves the main diesel generators being replaced by methanol internal combustion generators.
ABS is a global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries.
Lateral Naval Architects provides engineering expertise to the superyacht industry, from project conception to delivery, operation and refit, with a focus on innovation to enable superyachts to meet future demands.