There have been reports lately that Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, commissioned a hydrogen-powered superyacht from the design firm Sinot at a price of £500 million ($644 million). However, Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design has confirmed that this is false.
According to the official Sinot website, “In recent days, various articles have appeared in international media, statuing that Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design sold its concept ‘Aqua’ (presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019) to Mr. Bill Gates. These articles are factually incorrect.”
The website continues to clarify, “The Hydrogen concept Aqua is not linked to Mr. Gates (or his representatives) in any form or matter. Sinot has no business relationship with Mr. Gates Aqua is a concept under development and has not been sold to Mr. Gates. Unfortunately, all ‘information’ in these recent articles is incorrect.”
The Aqua ship
The Aqua ship concept is a 370ft vessel driven by liquid hydrogen up to a range of 3,750 miles. The superyacht was displayed by the dutch design firm Sinot at the Monaco yacht show in 2019. If purchased by Bill Gates, the superyacht would have been the world’s first to be powered by hydrogen.
Sander Sinot had said in 2019, “For the 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 superyacht with truly innovative features.”
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