In 2019, HEM supplied equipment for seven of the ten largest superyachts launched that year, reflecting their commitment to quality engineering and service. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities at Antibes, France, they are at the heart of the yachting industry where service teams can easily be deployed. This is complemented by the facilities of Echo Marine Service based in the Mediterranean hub of Mallorca.
High quality fresh water generation for greater sustainability
Superyachts have been installed with desalinators for many years, but today fresh water generation takes on a far greater significance in the light of environmental concerns. By producing their own fresh water, superyachts are less reliant on shore supplies, reducing the consumption of bottled water and helping to lower the risk of plastic pollution in our oceans.
“It may be some time before bottled water disappears from the owner’s dinner table, but we are getting an increasing number of enquiries for ways of making desalinated water more palatable and widely accessible to crew members,” said Jaco Conradie, Head of Evac Group superyacht business.
HEM’s range of reverse osmosis desalinators cover all requirements; from smaller yachts to the largest ultra-rugged duplex units output under continuous operation. Once the fresh water has been produced there are numerous options for ensuring that it remains sterile, has a pleasant taste and meets the particular requirements for on-board use. These can include water softeners, chlorine treatment, active charcoal filters to improve the taste, as well as silver and copper sterilization, all contained within a neat skid for easy operation and maintenance. There are also units designed for producing demineralized water, ideal for washing down hulls without streaks or even cleaning helicopter turbines.