Bill Gates commissions first liquid hydrogen-powered superyacht, worth $644 million

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Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht designed by Sandar Sinot, which is reported to be worth $644 million. (Photo: Sinot/sinot.com)
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Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht designed by Sandar Sinot, which is reported to be worth $644 million. (Photo: Sinot/sinot.com)
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Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht designed by Sandar Sinot, which is reported to be worth $644 million. (Photo: Sinot/sinot.com)
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Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht designed by Sandar Sinot, which is reported to be worth $644 million. (Photo: Sinot/sinot.com)
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Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht designed by Sandar Sinot, which is reported to be worth $644 million. (Photo: Sinot/sinot.com)
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Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht designed by Sandar Sinot, which is reported to be worth $644 million. (Photo: Sinot/sinot.com)
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Updated 09 February 2020

Bill Gates commissions first liquid hydrogen-powered superyacht, worth $644 million

  • Top speed reported to be 17 knots, can travel nearly 6,000 kilometers on one fueling

LONDON: Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht, which is reported to be worth $644 million.
The Microsoft co-founder has ordered construction of the “Aqua” yacht, which has been designed by Dutch marine architects Sinot and was a big hit at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show.
The vessel will be powered fully by liquid hydrogen, with its only product being water, and will come in at 112-meters long and comprise five decks.
Its top speed is reported to be 17 knots and it can travel nearly 6,000 kilometers before needing to be refueled.


The ship will have its own gym, spa and beauty room, a massage parlour and yoga studio as well as a cascading pool at the rear.
On the lower level, the ship’s 14 guests and 31 crew will be able to view the ship’s hydrogen fuel tanks, which will both weigh 28 tons and will be vacuum-sealed and cooled to -253C to contain the liquid hydrogen fuel which powers the ship.
It is expected to be ready by 2024.
Liquid hydrogen is often touted as a fuel of the future in mass transportation and has already been used in fuel-cell buses in cities such as London, Sao Paulo and San Francisco, as well as in passenger car prototypes and spacecraft propulsion.
Gates, 64, who is reportedly worth $110 billion, regularly rents yachts for his vacations and summer trips on the Mediterranean Sea, but the “Aqua” would be the first vessel he would own.
Speaking to Forbes, designer Sander Sinot said: “With every project, I challenge my team and myself to surpass ourselves.
“For development of AQUA we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water and cutting-edge technology to combine this in a 112 meter superyacht with a fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cell system that features groundbreaking in technology, as well as design and aesthetics,” he added.

 


Shoe designer Amina Muaddi pays tribute to footwear legend

ordanian-Romanian designer Amina Muaddi boasts one of the most sought-after footwear labels in the world. (File/Getty)
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Shoe designer Amina Muaddi pays tribute to footwear legend

DUBAI: Following the death of footwear legend Sergio Rossi due to complications related to COVID-19 on Friday, Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi took to social media to post a heartfelt tribute to the designer.

“RIP to the legend that Sergio Rossi was and will forever remain,” she wrote in a lengthy statement shared with her 427,000 Instagram followers, revealing that it’s “such a sad day for her, the fashion industry and for women across the globe who he has graced with his creations for decades,” which include the likes of Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ariana Grande. “My sincerest condolences to the Rossi family for their loss,” she continued.

“When I went to the Sergio Rossi factory in December because I was going to start producing my collection in their factory, I was taken to the museum built in his honor inside the factory,” she recalled. “I felt so much emotion going through his incredible work and looking at the archives that I could barely focus on my meeting. The legacy he left behind is immeasurable. Thank you master, may you rest in peace,” she captioned the series of images of herself donning Sergio Rossi footwear.

Tributes poured in for the luxury shoemaker who died aged 84 in the small town of Cesena in central Italy.

US fashion influencer Olivia Palermo wrote: ““We lost a true creative force in the accessories world today. My thoughts are with the Rossi family, friends and team at this difficult and unprecedented time.”

“Sergio was one of the main forces in Italian manufacture and design. I met him years ago and he was so charming — he contributed so much, he was a major talent and very important,” said famed footwear designer Manolo Blahnik. “He had an incredible flair for what is current, he produced wonderful things. It’s an enormous loss for the shoe industry.”

Italy has recorded more deaths from coronavirus than any other country in the world, with 13,915 fatalities as of Thursday, Reuters reported. 

Rossi was born in 1935 in San Mauro Pascoli, Italy, where he founded his brand. 

He remained at the helm of his label until 2004, when it was sold to Kering. Shoemaking remained a vital part of Rossi’s life, with his son Gianvito Rossi launching his own footwear collection in 2006. “Addio Maestro,” Gianvito posted on Instagram with a picture of his father after the news of his death.