Fresh from the success of the stunning 54-metre Columbus 177 Prima, the Palumbo yard has signed a contract to build a new 40-metre superyacht, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid, a semi-displacement all-aluminium yacht.

Building on the green credentials of Prima, which was awarded a RINA Green Star Plus by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II at the Monaco Yacht Show, Palumbo has incorporated a hybrid propulsion option that allows running off electrical power to a top speed of 7.5 knots.

Inside there are three guest cabins and an owner’s suite. The yacht’s naval architecture is by Hydro Tec, as with Prima. The interior by Hot Lab will feature ‘warm’ materials such as marble, teak and sirocco. She is due to launch in 2014.