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Maritime Propulsion

Posted by February 26, 2019

Meet the new 105m Esquel

  • Photo: Oceanco
  • Photo: Oceanco
  • Photo: Oceanco
  • Photo: Oceanco

Oceanco’s newest project, the 105-meter (345 ft) diesel-electric driven Esquel has been conceived and designed to explore new territories.

Oceanco created Esquel in collaboration with Timur Bozca Design, stylist Gina Brennan, Lateral Naval Architects and Engineering and Pelorus—an experiential and yacht expedition travel company.

Sporting a displacement hull with a plumb bow, Esquel has been designed for extensive cruising to remote regions extending from the North Pole to the South Pole and everywhere in between.

A blend between an expedition vessel and a superyacht, Esquel offers is designed to offer the best of both worlds. It has a 230 sq. m. tender garage for fast ribs, tenders, watersports toys and diving gear. Its expansive uncluttered main deck, measuring 200 square meters has an aft deck glass superstructure with an enclosed pool and wellness area with panoramic views. This deck also offers plenty of space for accommodating locked containers of any sort, as well as additional tenders and off-road vehicles. For those interested in marine biology and ocean conservation, Esquel can become a platform for any number of scientific studies such as coral aquaculture —creating reef farms aboard to help restore dying reefs.

Esquel has a flexible layout and can be adapted to house additional multi-purpose cabins, first response units, seminar areas, and research offices. 

“Our vision is to create solutions by considering human factors, technology and aesthetics," said designer Bozca.  “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.”

Esquel is equipped with a state-of–the-art sustainable compact diesel-electric architecture to allow uncompromized and autonomous operation throughout the world. With her strengthened hull and Polar classification, she has a cruising range of 7,000 nautical miles and can reach a top speed of 16.5 knots.

“In order to truly realize her expedition potential,” says James Roy, Managing Director of Lateral, Esquels’s naval architecture has been executed to provide maximum redundancy for the lowest possible maintenance.”

While the exterior of the expedition yacht is very masculine and modern, the interior is stylish and warm with comfortable furniture to create the feeling of a home away from home.

“The ambition for the look and feel of Esquel’s interior is geared towards depicting the life, influences and home of a young explorer, says London-based interior stylist Gina Brennan. Visible will be an eclectic mix of antiques and artifacts collected on his/her travels.”

Working with the team at Pelorus to fully understand the true nature of adventures in remote places such as Greenland and Patagonia, Esquel has been designed and engineered to carry and deploy two submarines, a land vehicle, and motorbikes, as well as accommodate a helicopter.  She can also be equipped with laboratories for scientific experiments and exploration.

Esquel Technical Specs

Length 105m / 345ft
Beam17.5m / 57.4ft
Draft (full load)4.3m / 14.1ft
Maximum Speed 16.5 knots
Gross Tonnage 5000GT

Exterior Designer: Timur Bozca Design  
Interior Stylist:  Gina Brennan
Naval Architecture: Lateral
Expedition Expert:  Pelorus