Volvo Penta and Amer Yachts collaborate in sustainability initiative

Reducing underwater noise is a key objective in developing sustainability for yachts and the results of a new independent study carried out by Amer Yachts were last week presented to Volvo Penta as part of their joint initiative on sustainability. The results presentation was made during the Nobel Week events at Nobel House in Sanremo, Italy.

The results of the Amer Yachts study will help Volvo Penta develop future work into this area. News of this research follows Volvo Penta’s recent announcement that it is accelerating its sustainability aims in line with the Volvo Group’s new ambitions – to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050, at the latest.

The Volvo Group has now also committed to the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTI). To support these objectives Volvo Penta is accelerating its efforts to reach zero emissions and be a leader in sustainable power solutions. One of the focus areas in the Volvo Penta sustainability plan is underwater noise – which has adverse effects on marine life, particularly marine mammals.

Amer Yachts and Volvo Penta have been close partners for many years. Both companies have shared sustainability values and they have worked together to realise them.

Recently, Cetena, an Italian research company in the maritime sector, conducted a study on noise pollution on behalf of Amer Yachts. The study analysed the underwater noise generated by the Amer 94 and Amer 100 while navigating – both equipped with Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS). Barbara Amerio, owner of Amer Yachts, presented the results as a “gift for the future” to Andrea Piccione, Volvo Penta sales manager for Italy. The ceremony highlighted the combined effort of both companies’ journey into sustainable yachting.

“Sustainability is important to our philosophy and we have been working hard to bring change in the yachting industry for several years as we know that yacht builders are important players in changing customers’ attitudes,” said Amerio.

The results from Amer’s noise study are a significant addition to Volvo Penta’s ongoing research. Currently, Volvo Penta is undertaking an advanced engineering project which includes developing a testing method for measuring underwater noise as well as running noise tests themselves to understand the causes of different noise sources.

“It’s great to see customers like Amer leading the industry towards sustainability,” said Johan Inden, head of the marine segment at Volvo Penta. “The results of the investigation will contribute in a great way to our research and we want to continue in this collaborative mindset to learn together.”

In 2018, Amer and Volvo Penta joined forced to create the Amer 94, the first sustainable superyacht of its kind. The two companies held a launch event that focused on conservation, with speakers such as Sabina Airoldi, marine biologist at the Tethys Research Institute, as well as world renowned yachtswomen and ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ spokesperson, Dee Caffari. The event was a success and drew attention to topics such as citizen science, plastic pollution, and high-speed marine mammal collisions, highlighting the advantages of the slow controlled manoeuvrability of Volvo Penta’s IPS.

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