Al Masaood Power Division's recent showcase at the Dubai International Boat Show 2024 aims to set new trends in sustainable yachting and marine propulsion. The division, a part of the renowned Abu Dhabi business conglomerate, Al Masaood Group, not only exhibited the latest offerings from partners Volvo Penta and Mtu – a Rolls-Royce power solution – but also emphasized its efforts towards reducing the marine industry's carbon footprint.

Al Masaood Power Division presented an impressive lineup of advanced marine engines that combine performance with environmental sustainability. A standout feature was the advanced emission control systems, particularly the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems, which are making their way into the yacht sector. These systems, similar to catalytic converters in automobiles, play a crucial role in reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines, making way for eco-friendlier marine voyages.

The adaptation of SCR technology in smaller and superyachts marks a notable shift towards sustainable practices within the luxury maritime sector. Traditionally reserved for larger vessels, this technology's integration into the more compact luxury market indicates a global trend towards environmental responsibility in yachting extending beyond the regional market.

While Al Masaood’s engines deliver quality on power, they also feature the latest advancements in fuel systems and compression technologies. Focused on after-treatment systems, these engines are designed to significantly reduce NOx and CO2 emissions, and other pollutants, aiming at a cleaner marine environment. 

Another highlight of their showcase was the forward-facing propeller mechanism that allows for smaller engine sizes without sacrificing power. This innovative design leads to substantial reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, with the bonus of ease of manoeuvrability provided by joystick controls, making the sailing experience more accessible and enjoyable. Echoing trends in automotive and other industries, Al Masaood Power Division is leaning heavily into hybrid propulsion systems that blend traditional diesel engines with electric motors. This hybrid approach is especially beneficial in marina settings, where strict environmental regulations are increasingly limiting the use of diesel engines. By offering a cleaner, quieter alternative, these systems represent a significant step forward in sustainable marine engineering.

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Despite the clear environmental benefits, the transition to sustainable technologies presents economic challenges, primarily due to the higher costs associated with green innovations. However, the growing interest and demand for sustainable solutions among clients and industry stakeholders indicate a promising shift in market priorities towards eco-friendliness and efficiency.

Rasso Bartenschlager, General Manager of Al Masaood Power Division said: "In the UAE, we're aligning with international standards and innovations, from sustainable painting to the use of eco-friendly building materials, going beyond just engine technology to encompass every aspect of maritime construction. This holistic approach to reducing the carbon footprint is essential for the industry's future, and it's great to see this global momentum towards sustainability. The interest we've witnessed at the Boat Show is a testament to the growing commitment to sustainability within the maritime industry and also reflects a broader, global shift towards greener practices.”

Beyond propulsion systems, Al Masaood is exploring comprehensive sustainable practices, including the use of electric motors for local maritime transport and the integration of solar power. These initiatives reflect a holistic approach to sustainability, extending the impact of green technologies beyond individual vessels to encompass the broader maritime infrastructure.

Al Masaood Power Division's showcase at the Dubai International Boat Show 2024 aligns with broader maritime industry trends, focusing on decarbonization and the adoption of dual-fuel and alternative fuel technologies. The maritime sector steering towards cleaner fuels and propulsion systems mirrors global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and enhance air quality, underlining a collective commitment to environmental stewardship in shipping and beyond.


Robban Assafina, Issue 90, Mar./ April 2024, Marine Technology, pg. 57


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Issue 90 of Robban Assafina

(Mar./April 2024)


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