Sophisticated explorer

Oceanco reveals new 105-metre Esquel at The Dubai International Boat Show.

27 February 2019


Oceanco’s newest project, the 105-metre diesel-electric driven Esquel has been conceived and designed to explore new territories.

Oceanco has created Esquel in collaboration with Timur Bozca Design, stylist Gina Brennan, Lateral Naval Architects and Engineering, and Pelorus.

Sporting a displacement hull with a plumb bow, Esquel has been designed for extensive cruising to remote regions extending from the North Pole to the South Pole and everywhere in between.

“…At the same time, she offers all the aesthetics, amenities, interior and exterior finishes and attention to engineering detail seen onboard all Oceancos,” says Dirk de Jong Commercial Director at Oceanco.

A perfect blend between an expedition vessel and a sophisticated superyacht, Esquel offers the best of both worlds. She has a 230 square-metre tender garage for fast ribs, varietal tenders, watersports toys and diving gear.

Her expansive uncluttered main deck, measuring 200 square metres has an aft deck glass superstructure with an enclosed pool and wellness area with panoramic views. This deck also offers plenty of space for accommodating locked containers of any sort, as well as additional tenders and off – road vehicles.


Esquel has a very flexible layout and can be adapted to house additional multi-purpose cabins, first response units, seminar areas, and research offices.

Timur Bozca Design was selected to design Esquel.

“Our vision is to create solutions by considering human factors, technology and aesthetics, says Bozca. “We design everything for a reason—not just for the sake of designing. We believe that we must not only create for tomorrow, but also for the day after.”

Esquel is equipped with a state-of –the-art sustainable compact diesel- electric architecture to allow uncompromised and autonomous operation throughout the world. With her strengthened hull and Polar classification, she has a cruising range of 7,000 nautical miles and can reach a top speed of 16.5 knots.

“In order to truly realise her expedition potential,” says James Roy, Managing Director of Lateral, “Esquel’s naval architecture has been executed to provide maximum redundancy for the lowest possible maintenance.”

While the exterior of the expedition yacht is very masculine and modern, the interior is stylish and warm with comfortable furniture to create the feeling of a home away from home.

“The ambition for the look and feel of Esquel’s interior is geared towards depicting the life, influences and home of a young explorer, says London-based interior stylist Gina Brennan. Visible will be an eclectic mix of antiques and artefacts collected on his/her travels.”

Working with the team at Pelorus to fully understand the true nature of adventures in remote places such as Greenland and Patagonia, Esquel has been designed and engineered to carry and deploy two submarines, a land vehicle, and motorbikes, as well as accommodate a helicopter.  She can also be equipped with laboratories for scientific experiments and exploration.


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