BY Ryan Swift on 3 Mar 2023

Oceanco's new design Aeolus, has a super slim hull shape and can bridge the energy transition to net zero

Dutch superyacht megabrand Oceanco used the first day of the Dubai International Boat Show to reveal its latest design concept, Aeolus. Named for the Greek god of the wind, Aeolus features exterior design by Giles Taylor and interior design from Njord by Bergman Design House.

Oceanco says that the design will appeal to “creatives, visionary leaders, innovators and big thinkers,” adding that the audience for Aeolus includes “those who are conscious of image while also deeply private, and who are driven to create impactful change in the world yet wish to stay out of the spotlight themselves.”


One of the most notable features of this new design is her sleek hull shape. With a length overall of 131 metres, Aeolus has a narrow beam of just 18 metres, much less than other superyachts of comparable length. Oceanco says the design reflects the classic J Class sailing yachts of the early 20th century.

Aeolus is part of the Oceanco NXT programme, which brings together experts from different industries to offer yacht owners a more sustainable way to enjoy superyachting.

“The collaboration and innovation resulting in the Aeolus design has been remarkable,” said Oceanco CEO Marcel Onkenhout. “As our newest Oceanco NXT design, she is an example of how we envisage the evolution of yachting, from the perspectives of both her design and technology. To build the yachts of tomorrow, we need to leave behind the preconceptions of yesterday. With Aeolus, I think we have achieved that.”

Oceanco’s Aeolus, Main Saloon

The interiors are to be fitted with sustainable, traceable materials, with biomaterials at the core. Meanwhile, ABB and MTU worked with Oceanco and the naval architects at Lateral to develop the Energy Transition Platform (ETP), a way to enable a future-proof pathway to net zero.

Oceanco’s Aeolus: Master Suite

“Any yacht built today, will have to span the energy transition, a period of significant change in available fuel types and associated technologies. This demands an adaptable technical architecture that can accommodate the alterations to layout, configuration and specifications needed to integrate future technologies and alternative fuels in the least invasive way possible. Lateral and Oceanco have developed the ETP to ensure multiple technical pathways can be pursued as technologies mature during the energy transition timeline,” said James Roy of Lateral.