On the first day of the Dubai International Boat Show last week, Oceanco revealed its latest yacht design: Aeolus. Fully aligned with Oceanco’s NXT initiative, the 131-metre Aeolus is designed in such a way that it can integrate technologies and alternative fuels yet to come.

Named after the Greek god of the wind, Aeolus is intended to have a transformational impact. Oceanco calls the yacht a ‘floating sanctuary’ that ‘reflects how we relax, connect and work in the modern world’. The decks are built as pod-like formations and features an owner’s section offering the best views in the house.

At the heart of her design is a reference to the J Class sailing yachts of the last century.

‘Aeolus’s design sculpture is harmonious and borne of the function and flow envisaged for her future owner,’ says exterior designer Giles Taylor. ‘Her curves do not make her overly feminine because there is a masculine quality to her bold, forthright architecture. Apart from the deck surfaces themselves, not one surface is flat or brutally geometric, which provides a unique aesthetic that sets Aeolus apart.’

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Oceanco NXT

Oceanco NXT is a collaborative commitment to the future, bringing together experts from different industries to offer yacht owners a way to live better while also respecting the oceans.

‘The collaboration and innovation resulting in the Aeolus design has been remarkable,’ comments Marcel Onkenhout, Oceanco’s CEO. ‘As our newest Oceanco NXT design, she is an example of how we envisage the evolution of yachting, from the perspectives of both her design and technology. To build the yachts of tomorrow, we need to leave behind the preconceptions of yesterday. With Aeolus, I think we have achieved that.’

Its interior introduces fully sustainable and traceable materials, including biomaterials, at its core.

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Pathway to net zero

Together with Aeolus’s technical partners ABB and MTU, Oceanco and Lateral have developed the Energy Transition Platform (ETP), an adaptable architecture to enable a future-proofed pathway to net zero.

‘Any yacht built today, will have to span the energy transition, a period of significant change in available fuel types and associated technologies,’ comments James Roy of Lateral. ‘This demands an adaptable technical architecture that can accommodate the alterations to layout, configuration and specifications needed to integrate future technologies and alternative fuels in the least invasive way possible. Lateral and Oceanco have developed the ETP to ensure multiple technical pathways can be pursued as technologies mature during the energy transition timeline.’

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Aeolus specs

  • Length: 131m/430ft
  • Beam: 18m/59ft
  • Gross tonnage: 6200
  • Exterior design: Giles Taylor
  • Interior design: Njord by Bergman Design House
  • Naval architecture: Oceanco & Lateral
  • Power solutions: MTU
  • Sustainable technology: ABB
Oceanco's new yacht design Aeolus