Even with RINA’s Green Plus notation being purely voluntary, an increasing number of megayacht owners are opting for it. Witness the fact that this year, RINA will honor five such yachts at a special event during the Monaco Yacht Show.
Green Plus status is awarded to RINA-classed yachts and megayachts meeting a variety of environmentally minded achievements. They range from design elements to technical equipment and even regular operational methods. Each year at the show, RINA recognizes shipyards and yachts that have made particularly noteworthy accomplishments. Since this year there has been a higher than usual number of each, RINA selected what it calls “five stars” for its Green Night.
Those star megayachts are:
- Stella Maris, built by VSY; the 236-footer (72-meter) employs a biological sewage-treatment system and a version of Dynamic Positioning for anchoring, via a combination of thrusters and GPS
- Ocean Paradise (pictured), built by Benetti; the 180-footer (55-meter) has lower-than-usual emissions from refrigeration systems and other equipment
- the 161-foot (49-meter) Param Jamuna IV, from Rossinavi, due to extensive LEDs instead of incandescent lighting and an advanced fuel-consumption monitoring system
- Ancallia, a 151-foot (46-meter) Feadship built in 1984 (as Bridlewood) and recently extensively refitted at Atlas, a project that included extending her from 139 feet (42.34 meters) plus replacing all thermal, fire, and sound insulation; the megayacht is the first refit project to receive RINA Green Plus notation
- the Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M, for her diesel-electric propulsion system, a bilge-water separator, and abundant use of LEDs