Oceanco has chosen the Dubai International Boat Show to unveil its 105m diesel-electric-driven yacht, designed for extensive cruising to remote regions such as the North and South Poles. With the aim of ‘creating a blend between an expedition vessel and a sophisticated superyacht’, Esquel has a displacement hull and a plumb bow.

Oceanco created Esquel in collaboration with designer Timur Bozca, stylist Gina Brennan, Lateral Naval Architects and engineering and yacht expedition travel company Pelorus.

She has a 230m2 tender garage to house fast RIBs, varietal tenders, watersports toys and diving gear. The 200m2 main deck has a large glass superstructure towards the stern with an enclosed pool and wellness area. The vessel also has the ability to become a platform for a number of scientific studies such as coral aquaculture (creating reef farms aboard to help restore some of the world’s dying reefs).

Of the design process, Bozca has said: “Our vision is to create solutions by considering human factors, technology and aesthetics. We design everything for a reason - not just for the sake of designing. We believe that we must not only create for tomorrow, but also for the day after.”

With the aim of making the vessel as low maintenance as possible to reach her maximum expedition potential - Esquel has compact diesel-electric architecture in order to allow for autonomous operation around the world. The yacht has a cruising range of 7,000 nautical miles and can reach a top speed of 16.5 knots.

The interiors have been designed to give the yacht a home-like feel, with comfortable furniture and a mix of antiques and artefacts.

The Oceanco team worked with Pelorus to research, in-depth, the landscape of more remote places, such as Greenland and Patagonia. Esquel has been designed to carry and deploy two submarines, a land vehicle and motorbikes, as well as accommodating a helicopter. She is also engineered to home laboratories for scientific experiments and exploration.

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