Superyacht Explorer 'Project Oxygen' Spotlighted
Project Oxygen BMT Nigel Gee collaborate with designers Claydon Reeves to redefine the explorer yacht genre.
Based on a highly advanced 55m catamaran platform, Project Oxygen offers outstanding speed and seakeeping performance, combined with the luxury of a true superyacht.
Equipped for all manner of pursuits, the yacht’s primary role is as a dedicated dive-explorer vessel carrying not only extensive diving equipment but also her own submarine, launched from an innovative stern lift that doubles as an adjustable swim platform.
Project Oxygen is based around a state-of-the-art Extreme Semi- SWATH (XSS) hullform, originally developed by BMT Nigel Gee for demanding personnel transfer applications in the offshore energy industry.
The yacht is powered by four MTU 2000 series diesel engines and twin Servogear Ecoflow controllable pitch propellers, ensuring that fuel consumption is optimised across a wide operating speed range and allowing speeds of up to 24 knots to be reached comfortably. A low draught allows access to many shallow inshore locations.
To launch the submarine, a stern lift has been developed around a large passerelle system extending fully between both aft hulls. Incorporating two sets of stairs, the lift height can be set from a level flush with the main deck to a fully immersed level below the waterline, allowing safe launch and recovery of the onboard submarine.
Source: BMT Nigel Gee Newsletter