Almost a year after Ghost Yachts revealed the original Ghost G180 and eight months after the Ghost 180V concept was unveiled, the team of Ghost Yachts and the Italian design studio Gloss Design have announced a new hybrid version of the G180 platform. Joining forces with Imtech Marine & Offshore, they have developed the 55-metre Ghost G180H, the company’s next step towards more sustainable, innovative and efficient superyachts.
“Developing the G180H was very rewarding,” says Björn Moonen of Ghost Yachts, but he admits that he was sceptical about designing a hybrid yacht at first: “In the beginning I approached the project with suspicion rather than enthusiasm. I was convinced that a hybrid system would be too complicated, too big and too expensive to build.” But, as Moonen explains, the Imtech engineers did not share his opinion and set out to change his mind. “They developed the hybrid system’s layout with my concerns as starting point,” he explains. “When I saw the first technical layout and reviewed the space requirements, the enthusiasm started to grow, especially when we reviewed the overall efficiency data. It was impossible not to be excited by the enormous potential of the system.”
Fundamentally, the team have created what Moonen describes as a “sort of integrated platform” concept, looking at every single aspect and every detail rather than just focusing on a single subject. During the development of the system, Imtech were able to unravel the initial intricacy of the Hybrid system and fashion it into a more compact and practical component. Additionally, the Ghost G180H uses two entirely new electric Voith Inline Propulsors (VIP) of 750kw each, which are high efficiency, hubless, steerable pods that have an integrated electric motor and eliminate the need for propeller shafts and rudders. Significantly, they have never been used on a vessel before. It all results in an exceedingly quiet and vibration-free propulsion system. Add Van Oossanen & Associates’ Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), which offers the required efficiency to operate a large yacht with a comparatively modest propulsion power and, according to Ghost Yachts, you have the perfect combination for a sustainable and economical yacht.
We look forward on future projects from Ghost, particularly a 54-metre sailing yacht which promises to also focus on efficiency.
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