Construction is underway on the new 50-metre yacht Project Lady, the latest model from Columbus Yachts. With the build taking place in Arcona, Italy, the 499 GT vessel, complete with a yacht air purification system, is on track for her 2022 delivery date. The styling, both interior and exterior is being handled by Marco Casali of Too Design who has devised “sporty lines” for the project while the engineering for the aluminium hull and superstructure is the combined work of the Palumbo Superyachts team and Hydrotec.Photo: Palumbo SuperyachtsWith a brief that champions environmental sustainability and high quality equipment, the Palumbo Superyachts Research and Development team also focused on hygiene and safety when it came to the new model, explaining they: “made use of cutting-edge solutions to ensure the elimination of viruses and bacteria from the outside air and the sanitization of every room inside the boat.” In a bid to reduce the presence of pollutants, builders say Project Lady will make use of two distinct technologies: one is intended for both the ventilation and the conditioning of the air coming from the outside, and sanitises it through the use of cold plasma; the other one is dedicated to the sanitization of the rooms at predefined intervals to ensure daily safety. The former is designed to eliminate viruses and bacteria from the external air entering on board, while the latter automates the sanitization of each room inside the boat.
Explaining how this works, Columbus Yachts explained in a statement: “The first system is based on the use of cold plasma or non-thermal plasma (NTP) which is considered the safest process for oxidizing and decomposing pollutants; moreover the process is adjustable according to the actual sanitization needs. The device is effective on gram + and - bacteria, moulds and yeasts, viruses, bacterial endotoxins, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and odours. NTP is what prevents the formation of bacterial colonies on the internal surfaces of newly built pipes and the spread of contamination through the air flow in transit.” To carry out local sanitisation on each deck of the yacht, the designers have also created a vaporization system for water mixed with sanitizing liquid inside the air ducts. The equipment operating the sanitizing mixture will be combined with a timer for the vaporized disinfection of the ventilation system to take place according to predefined settings.
“This is an innovative, dynamic, cutting-edge project that fully reflects the essential principles of the Columbus brand”, says Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of Palumbo Superyachts. “A process driven by the collaboration with a customer highly sensitive to environment and elegance that will make this project a new reference point on the market.”