The short answer is no. Contrary to the media report that claimed American business magnate Bill Gates — whose net worth hovers around the US$113 billion (or HK$877 billion) mark — commissioned a design based on the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht, he in fact did not. Dutch marine architects Sinot dismissed the claims and insisted in a statement that the 370-foot ship named Aqua “is not linked to Mr. Gates in any form or matter.”
In reality, this incredible vessel, which is valued at US$645 million (approx. HK$5 billion), is still just a concept under development. The Aqua was showcased at the Monaco Yacht Show last year and was meant to inspire a greener future for superyachts. The model, when completed, is said to rely on hydrogen-electric systems instead of diesel engines, and will be equipped with its very own waterfall, helipad, infinity pool, spa and gym. And since the concept is still technically available, we thought it appropriate to take a closer look at this stunning eco-friendly superyacht.