SANTELMO at the Fuorisalone to launch its idea of sustainable yachting

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SANTELMO, the startup founded by Michele Chierici and Marta Ghirardelli, respectively a marine engineer and an architect, has realised a range of groundbreaking models built from aluminium alloy and powered by green hydrogen, on which over 90% of the materials are reusable.

For the brand’s debut, SANTELMO chose the Fuorisalone in Milan, from April 17 to 23, to which it will be taking an original installation.

Featuring the scale model of a yacht, the work will be hosted in the showroom of Richard J. Brown, a luxury denim brand.


With SANTELMO, the brand shares a sustainable approach that also seeks to instil a sense of responsibility on sustainability issues across the supply chain and with consumers.

We realized that the market was lacking a range of yachts that are truly sustainable for both the environment and for operators. We aim to offer the best performing eco-sustainable yachts on the market, combining state-of-the-art technology with the highest levels of environmental and social sustainability, from construction and use through to end-of-life disposal. The construction process will also be made more efficient by avoiding road transport. The hull, deck and superstructure will be built by Bloemsma, a well-known Dutch yard.Michele Chierici and Marta Ghirardelli

Offering a contemplating – and sustainable – cruise experience

The startup is exploring new hydrogen sourcing solutions and working with its partners to build a network of fuelling stations in major Mediterranean and North European ports. Hofer Powertrain, a Germany-based supplier of propulsion systems, proved to be the ideal partner to produce the fuel cells for the new yachts.

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As can be seen, SANTELMO aim at offering a long-range cruising experience that is conducive to contemplation and the exploration of normally inaccessible places. Aesthetically, the boats are characterized by their bold lines and an immediately recognizable design that favours simple shapes and contemporary styling.

The first model, the F50P, a 15-metre yacht with a layout that caters to the growing desire for deeper contact with nature, will be presented in September 2024.

There was a special focus on the design of the spacious outdoor areas and on the helm station, which guarantees a wide field of vision and simple handling. The next models in this first line will have different lengths and interior layouts that can be adapted to meet owners’ needs.