MB92 launches sustainability refit service for superyachts


MB92 Group has launched Refit for the Future, a sustainability refit service for superyachts at its La Ciotat shipyard in France and Barcelona facility in Spain. The new service is aimed at superyacht owners looking to reduce the environmental impact, operating and financing costs of their yachts and “future proof” the re-sale value.

The superyacht refit, repair and maintenance specialists said that there are around 6,000 yachts over 30m (98ft) in the worldwide fleet and an increasing  number of solutions that have the potential to lessen yachts’ impact on the environment.

The new service has been launched to offer multiple benefits for owners. These include: cost savings, improved fuel economy, increased yacht re-sale value and an overall reduction in the owners’ and operators’ carbon footprint.

Although there is no silver bullet just yet, there are clear benefits to be gained for yacht owners willing to take the initiative now ahead of tighter regulations,” said Jean-Marc Bolinger, CEO, MB92 Group. “Refit for the Future! provides a holistic sustainability review service as well a range of options for making improvements, from quick win solutions during routine refit periods to significant upgrades and full conversions.”

The programme offers short-term, medium-term and long-term plans to improve a yacht’s sustainability credentials and upgrade technologies on board to improve its environmental efficiency. The short-term improvement plan focuses on easily implemented solutions that can be installed in a single refit. The firm claims this still results in immediate and long-term cost savings for owners and operators.

The medium-term optimisation plan offers a more detailed assessment of the yacht and the improvements will be made over the course of multiple refit periods in accordance with the owner’s plans, budget and regulation requirements. MB92 Group said that this means owners can enjoy the benefits of the upgrade whilst minimising disruption to the availability of the yacht.

Finally, the long-term conversion plan involves a total sustainability study of the yacht and its operations. The firm will then refit the yacht with the latest technology to minimise its carbon footprint and operational costs and maximise its efficiency.

The execution of the programme can be tailored and staggered to the needs of clients, ensuring yacht availability for the owner while also implementing an effective sustainability plan to future-proof the yacht,” said Bolinger.

Txema Rubio, commercial director, MB92 Group added that with around 200 projects over 24m (78ft) being delivered each year, MB92 can provide customers with knowledge and resources to make informed decisions when considering refit upgrades.

“[The programme] offers an attractive and more sustainable alternative to building a brand-new yacht, offering a number of environmental and operational advantages, as well as significantly shorter delivery deadlines,” said Rubio.

MB92 Refit for the Future! conversion plans – at a glance

Short-term improvement plan

  • Easily implemented solutions as part of a single refit
  • Reliable technology benefiting performance, comfort and the environment
  • Immediate and long-term cost savings.

Medium-term optimisation plan

  • Plan solutions involving detailed assessment or technical studies
  • Delivered over multiple refit periods in accordance with owner plans, budget and regulation requirements
  • Delivers upgrade benefits while minimising disruption to yacht availability.

Long-term conversion plan

  • 360° sustainability study of yacht and its operation
  • Unlock potential and future-proof yacht
  • Smart planning maximises efficiency