Sanlorenzo 50Steel Superyacht Launches With Fanfare

“With the launch of the 50Steel, Sanlorenzo celebrates a fundamental milestone in its history, in the spirit of innovation and sustainability,” declared Massimo Perrotti, Chairman and CEO of the Sanlorenzo Group at last weekend’s launch of the striking 49.99m long, 9.4m at maximum beam Sanlorenzo 50Steel superyacht.

Massimo Perrotti, Chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo Group (centre)

He added that the brand’s “new line of superyachts embodies the pioneering spirit and passion for challenges that have always guided us in the design and construction of our fleet … always elegant and comfortable, but also in the field of technology and sustainability, to achieve the ambitious goals of reducing our environmental footprint.”

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His point was particularly relevant to this new model: the 50Steel is the world’s first superyacht to accommodate the modular Reformer-Fuel Cell system, developed in collaboration with Siemens Energy, capable of transforming green methanol into hydrogen and then into electrical energy to power all the yacht’s hotel systems without storing hydrogen on board.

This allows the vessel to generate electrical energy up to a maximum of 100kW, with propulsion engines and diesel generators switched off. The system, completely carbon-neutral, greatly increases time able to be spent at anchor without diesel fuel consumption, covering about 90 per cent of the typical usage time of a superyacht with zero emissions.

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Sanlorenzo’s patented Hidden Engine Room (HER) helps find new ways to interpret space while keeping the yacht under 500 tons of displacement and enables a reconfiguration of the engine room. Synergy across on-board spaces is also achieved thanks to the expert work of Piero Lissoni, who was behind the interior design of this first unit.

To some 700 assembled guests – including one who felt very privileged to attend – Yacht Style publisher, Gael Burlot – the sense of occasion was palpable.

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See video highlights of the launch here

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