Lürssen sells first fuel cell powered superyacht


Lürssen Yachts has sold and is currently building its first superyacht powered by fuel cell technology. The German yard’s managing partner Peter Lürssen announced the sale earlier this week on the Lürssen Live talk show which focused on future propulsion technologies.

In a move away from Lürssen’s usually closed process, it was a revealed the owner had given permission for the project to be discussed.

“Contrary to our normal behaviour, we can tell you today that we are actually building a superyacht with a fuel cell onboard,” said Lürssen. “We have an amazing owner who loves technology. When we told him about the project, he was very excited.”

The main question was not can Lürssen build the yacht, but can a yacht be built for the owner which has practical value? “The owner was not interested in installing a fuel cell for the sake of having one.”

This fuel cell installation allows the owner more than 15 nights emission free at anchor, or slow cruising for more than 1,000 miles emission free.

Lürssen believes that this will expand fuel cell technology out to the wider superyacht industry. “It is very exciting for us. This will push the eco-friendliness of yachts to a new dimension in the near future.

“I think it is a clear signal that owners, who already invest substantial amounts in buildings yachts, are willing to invest that extra bit of money to make that quantum leap to furthering fuel cell technology on a yacht. This will be a game changer since it has a lot of practical use,” concluded Lürssen.

More details on the fuel cell technology will be released in due course.