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EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY

Our commitment for a cleaner ocean is our legacy for future generations. There has to be a pact of mutual respect between cruise lovers and the ocean. For this reason, a reduced environmental impact during navigation has become a crucial principle to keep in mind. Embracing green awareness means employing technology that strives for eco-friendliness without affecting the comfort and the quality of the cruising experience. Benetti not only celebrates consciousness but also promotes hope for a greener future, for example by supporting organizations that promulgate the realization of marine reserves and provide innovative solutions to the problem of overfishing. We are tied to the ocean. Let’s seal the pact.

BENETTI GIGA SEASON, CHAPTER TWO:
THE HYBRID

Nowadays, climate change is the greatest challenge. Driven by this awareness, Benetti works to help employ technology that strives for eco-friendliness, and also to improve the quality and the comfort of the cruising experience. The hybrid propulsion system conceived for the FB272 Giga yacht, with diesel-electric engines and two Azipods propulsion units connected to a particular battery pack, has been designed for a silent and vibration-free routing with a responsible approach to energy choices, because it leads to a successful decrease of the consumption during the whole life cycle of the yacht.

B.YOND SIEMENS E-MODE
Auxiliary propulsion system with electric engines
working in parallel with main diesel engines.
Enhanced Comfort Mode
The yacht can sail in electric mode at low speed with diesel engines switched off. The diesel gensets supply energy to the electric motors. The back-up of batteries is useful to manage the electric load and peaks of hotel, propulsion and stabilization systems. The feature of this mode is the high level of comfort: the main engines are switched off.
The mode is useful for costal cruise or for night cruise at low speed.
Emergency Mode
This mode is not a proper operating mode. It is important to notice that in any case of failure or malfunction the system can be easily disconnected (mechanically and electrically). The Yacht stays completely functional and operative in its original standard configuration.
Eco Cruise Mode
The yacht can sail at “Zero emission”.
In this mode the batteries supply energy to the electric motors and to the hotel.
The range of this mode depends on the capacity of battery pack.
Eco Transfer Mode
The boat can sail at eco-cruise speed with just one diesel engine running. One active genset and batteries can contribute to supply energy on board. The main advantage of this mode is the 50% reduction of running hours of the main engines and gensets (alternate working time) in additional to a sensible fuel reduction. The fuel consumption can be reduced up to 5% in comparison to the navigation at the same speed with main engines and diesel gensets running.
The mode is useful for long transfer with only crew on board.
Extended Range Mode
The yacht is able to sail at full-cruise speed with the gensets switched off. The energy source for the hotel and navigation loads are the electric motors. In this mode the electric motors work as shaft generators. They are powered by the main engines. The back-up of batteries is useful to manage the electric load variations and peaks. The main advantages of this mode are the important fuel saving and the reduction of running hours for the gensets. The fuel consumption can be reduced up to 15% in comparison to the navigation at the same speed with main engines and diesel gensets running.
The mode is useful for long transfer in order to save fuel and to extend the range of the yacht.
Features
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Plug-in architecture (easy configuration and low complexity).
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Safety and high level of redundancy: Yacht can sail with only one main engine running. The main engines could provide energy as gensets.
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Fuel saving up to 15% at certain function modes.
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Range extended due to the fuel saving and increase of operating hours of endothermic engines.
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Extended service intervals for main engines and for gensets
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Energy peak sharing thanks to the batteries in parallel to gensets.
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No black-out in case of extra request of energy thanks to the batteries in parallel to gensets.
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Comfort enhanced: energy supply from the batteries at night time (Hotel mode included).
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Sustainability through Power Management: transitory excess of energy stored in the batteries and recovered to sail and live the yacht in Zero Emission Mode.
A CALL FOR REVOLUTION

Benetti is one of the anchor partners of the Water Revolution Foundation, the first independent non-profit organization established by the key players of the yachting industry. Its mission is to boost the rise of sustainability through initiatives for innovation, cooperation, and for the development of technologies, both in construction and refit phase, which can optimize our impact on Nature and contribute to the world’s ocean conservation.

THE FUTURE IS BLUE

Benetti not only celebrates consciousness but also promotes hope for an eco-friendlier future by supporting organizations that promulgate the creation of marine reserves and provide innovative solutions to overfishing, like the UK-based charity Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE). When buying a Benetti yacht, you can donate a percentage of the contract price to the Blue Marine Foundation, or you can give an annual donation for every thousand miles sailed.

United To Protect The Sea

Benetti loves the sea and has therefore always been sensitive to its health and supportive of any initiative aiming to protect it. That’s why we have joined forces with the Blue Marine Foundation to help clean the water and protect the marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea. Its extraordinary biodiversity – made of an estimated 10,000 marine species – is in grave danger, threatened by pollution, climate change and overfishing. With Benetti’s help, BLUE aims to create a network of effective marine protected areas – from Menorca, the Aeolian Islands and Croatia to Turkey and Greece – which promote sustainable, artisanal and small-scale fisheries while allowing stocks to recover.

Restoring Healthy Oceans

In its almost ten year existence, BLUE has already achieved a huge amount of impactful ocean conservation, from the Maldives to the Tyrrhenian Sea, from the Indian Ocean to the Cyclades. BLUE’s aim is to put 10% of the world’s oceans under protection by 2020 and 30% by 2030. The charity is also working on establishing sustainable fisheries so that fish stocks can begin to recover. To read more about BLUE’s work, see their 2017 Review.

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