The 105m Esquel has a displacement hull with plumb bow

Oceanco's 105m Esquel is an exploration vessel with superyacht sophistication

Oceanco’s 105m Esquel is an exploration vessel with superyacht sophistication

The unveiling of a new superyacht concept by Oceanco has been a regular feature at the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) for several years, and for 2019 that concept is the 105m Esquel explorer superyacht. Oceanco says the design was “conceived and designed to explore new territories”.

Esquel’s design comes from a collaboration between Timur Bozca Design for the exterior, Gina Brennan for interior styling, and naval architecture by Lateral Naval Architects and Engineering. Pelorus, a yacht expedition travel company, also added their skills.

The Esquel concept sports a displacement hull with a plumb bow. The vessel was designed for extensive cruising to remote regions, extending from the North Pole to the South Pole and everywhere in between. “At the same time, she offers all the aesthetics, amenities, interior and exterior finishes and attention to engineering detail seen onboard all Oceancos,” says Dirk de Jong, Oceanco’s commercial director.

Oceanco describes Esquel as a “perfect blend between an expedition vessel and a sophisticated superyacht which offers the best of both worlds.”

The yacht has a 230sq m tender garage for fast RIBs, varietal tenders, watersports toys and diving gear. Her expansive uncluttered main deck, measuring 200sq m, 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. The vessel has a flexible layout and can be adapted to house additional multi-purpose cabins, first response units, seminar areas, and research offices.

Timur Bozca Design was selected to design Esquel. Bozca, who has design studios in London and Antalya, has won several design accolades in the last few years, including Young Designer of the Year Award— an established international competition that Oceanco sponsors annually.

“Our vision is to create solutions by considering human factors, technology and aesthetics, says 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 powered by a state-of-the-art, sustainable, compact diesel-electric architecture to allow uncompromised and autonomous operation throughout the world. With her strengthened hull and Polar classification, she has a cruising range of 7,000Nm and can reach a top speed of 16.5kt.

“In order to truly realise her expedition potential,” says James Roy, managing director of Lateral, “Esquel’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 artefacts collected on his/her travels.”

Working with the team at Pelorus to fully understand the true nature of adventure 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.