, 2022-07-20 11:54:44,
Ramazan Mengi speaks with SuperyachtNews about the shipyards aspirations over the next 10 years…
Ramazan Mengi, part of the third generation of the Mengi Yay dynasty, has revealed a plethora of bold and inspiring aspirations for where he would like the company to be in the next ten years. Although the Mengi family have their DNA woven into the fabric of Turkey’s rich history of boat building, the focus is very much on the future of the superyacht new build sector, and their role in it. The young Project Manager, who specialises in engineering, has spent his childhood admiring the work of generations before him, his teenage years learning the craft of yacht building with hands-on experience, and now, as a young adult, he is building the foundations of a truly future-proof shipyard.
The first plan of action is to focus on making the entire fleet fully electric. This goal is to be achieved through measured steps carried out over the next ten years. Currently, all the yachts they are building will feature a silent mode, which means the hotel load will run solely on electric power. The shipyard believes the next step is to introduce cost-effective hybrid propulsion for the future fleet of yachts that will be in the 60m-80m segment. This will allow owners and guests the ability to cruise in environmentally restricted zones without burning any fossil fuels. Finally, the end goal is to have a fleet of fully-electric superyachts – but they admit that this will take time. For now, the team are focused on pushing the limits of the engine room to incorporate the most efficient lithium batteries, without drastically reducing guest space.
Mengi explained, “The electrification plan needs to be implemented in a proper way without affecting the build time, maintenance and budget. It needs to be financially feasible. So we need to have a really good proposal in place for not just our current clients, but for all future clients who want to have all the options available from a fully customisable builder.”
The second major focus for the shipyard, and specifically for Ramazan, is to pioneer autonomous superyachts. “We are now installing a variety of sensors and cameras on our yachts and with that, we’re just going to emit data until we can finally successfully run a simulation in an artificial environment. Once we have that simulation we’re going to do some tests on our prototype, which is a 26-metre prototype – that’s what…
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