In the vibrant and exclusive world of luxury yachts, where every second counts, speed is usually an essential factor. From floating on the waves to enjoying a sunset on the high seas; time is precious. But what about refueling these extravagant craft? How much time does it take to fill up a superyacht?
Refueling process of a superyacht
Fueling a superyacht is not an everyday job. It is a meticulous process that requires skill and precision. To give a time indication, we must of course first take into account the size of the yacht. Superyachts vary in length and tonnage, from relatively small vessels to giant sailing palaces. For this exploration we focus on the larger yachts. The titans of the sea.
Refueling a superyacht not only takes time, but also planning and coordination. Once the yacht makes its way to a suitable port, the dance begins with the fuel suppliers. These marine fuel transaction experts are like conductors, leading the orchestra of efficiency.
The speed of refueling is influenced by several factors. One of the most important is the tank capacity of the yacht. The larger the tanks, the longer it will take to fill them. Are you still following? Nice. Some superyachts have an impressive capacity of thousands of liters of fuel, so the process can take some time. A full refueling can take anywhere from a few hours to half a day, depending on the size of the yacht and the equipment available.
In addition, the type of fuel also plays a role. Superyachts usually use diesel or a combination of diesel and gas turbines. The choice of fuel affects the rate at which the yacht can be refueled. By using multiple filling stations and using advanced technologies such as high-speed pumps and efficient hoses, the time it takes to refuel the yacht can be significantly reduced.
Since we don’t have a tangible example right now, let’s take Andromeda. The expedition yacht was originally built for New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart (under the name Ulysses), delivered in 2016 and sold a year later to Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.
According to Terence Ward, known for the YouTube channel eSysman SuperYachts, refueling this year will take between 15 and 24 hours. But again this depends on the conditions, the personnel and the refueling method.