Superyacht designer Espen Øino unveiled the largest and most innovative project to date. Called Njord after the god of the seas and winds in Norse mythology, this monster of a vessel is a luxury superyacht doubling as research vessel, based on Oino’s idea that if you’re going to have people cruising on luxury vessels, you might as well strap scientific equipment to those vessels for research.
Measuring 924.5 feet in length (281.8 meters), Njord will feature a total of 12 decks, and 118 private residences, in addition to cabins for guests and crew, a beam of 33.5 meters and a massive 81,000GT interior.
The 118 private residences will come with 20 different configurations, and will range from 2 to 6-bedroom apartments, each with a living room and access to an open terrace. These residences will be available to buy, unlike the 16 guest and butler suites. Owners will be able to customise their apartments as they please, choosing furnishings and decoration to their own tastes. Residents can expect lecture and workshop programmes, local culinary expertise and culture programmes to enhance their life on board. Cuisine on board will be led by Michelin chefs who will offer gastronomic specialities specific to the region, from Tokyo to Argentina. A Marina, Sail Club and the Dive Centre are also available, all housed within an innovative structure on deck number three, with a full complement of bars and all-day dining areas with inimitable views. A pontoon to dock jet-skis, watercrafts and the on-board submarines will be in action when the yacht is stationary at sea. A sea water swimming pool within the platform with a net bottom creates a private swimming pool within the ocean, making an evening sunset swim an inviting prospect.
Njord will feature equipment necessary to undertake scientific and oceanographic research, collecting environmental and marine data that will then be handed over to international research laboratories. There will be labs on board as well, including a fully fitted oceanographic research laboratory staffed by expert scientists, according to the aforementioned trade publication.
Njord will also feature a telescope and drones for environmental research, as well as underwater drones and submersibles that will map the ocean floor and detect sea bed features, and look for sunken ships. Two eight-seat, Airbus ACH 160 helicopters will be made available exclusively to owners and guests.
Ocean Residences says that Njord will also be used in support of various philanthropic missions and charities, in addition to lending services to research.