Oceanco, Pininfarina and Lateral join forces to launch new 295ft battery-powered Gigayacht concept


The ancient Greeks had two words for time. “Chronos” meant chronological or sequential time, like the time displayed by a sundial. “Kairos”, on the other hand, meant a critical or opportune moment. Now is the time to take some crucial action. The Bible refers to Kairos as a time of transformation and life changing.

Three of the most important players in the superyacht world are now collaborating on a maritime version of Kairos, with a focus on creating a new E-Hybrid propulsion system inside a state-of-the-art hull. technology that involves a very different way of looking at yacht design.

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The first-time partnership between design studio Pininfarina, known for its Ferrari designs, and Dutch custom superyacht builder Oceanco, along with engineering design from Lateral Naval Architects, promises to herald a breakthrough in sustainable design. The 295-foot Kairos will use batteries as its primary source of power, as part of the Oceanco NXT initiative on sustainability and innovation.

“Our passion as designers is to imagine new space concepts capable of enchanting every moment of the boating experience,” said Paolo Pininfarina, President of the Pininfarina Group, describing Kairos.

Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco, praised the partnership between the three companies. “When owners see Oceanco NXT approval on a yacht’s design, they know they can expect high standards of living on board that are in tune with new perspectives on durability and style. life, “he said in a statement.

The builder of superyachts as famous as Dar, Bravo Eugenie, and Kaos revealed its NXT initiative in October 2020, announcing that different projects would be born from a collaboration between several designers and Oceanco. During a panel discussion on what NXT might look like, Onkenhout said his shipyard would also look to partner with companies not related to yachting, but who could provide sustainable technology for new superyacht designs. “Tomorrow can start today,” said Onkenhout during the presentation.

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