On May 9th, Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Alia Yachts has launched its latest superyacht project in Antalya, Turkey this week. Named Virgen Del Mar VI, the 30.5-metre motor yacht was sold to her owner earlier this year by Camper & Nicholsons. Construction on the yacht started in 2014.
The design team behind the exterior of Virgen Del Mar VI is Dutch studio, Omega Architects (...).
Photo credit Alia Yachts
The 50m superyacht White (YN 18250) has been delivered to her owners after extensive sea trials on the North Sea. She is the 7th is the very successful 50m series at Heesen Yachts, with a sporty and elegant exterior design from Omega Architects.
'White' turned out to be very easy to handle in all kind of weather. Furthermore, she is a highly efficient yacht but not compromising on performance. Her contractual speed of 23 knots was exceeded, and very low vibration levels.
The next sistership is 18750, Project Aster, is currently in build at the shipyard in Oss and planned to be deliverd in June 2019.
Photo credit: Dick Holthuis/Heesen yachts
On May 4th, Gemma Fottles wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Launched on 8th February at Heesen’s facilities in Oss, the Netherlands, the 50-metre superyacht White has been delivered to her owners. Known as Project Ayla throughout construction, White is the seventh hull in the Dutch yard’s popular 5000 Aluminium Class and features exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. (...)
Commenting on her performance during sea trials, Heesen says: “Extensive sea trials took place in the North Sea in good weather conditions, with waves up to half a metre. White proved to be very responsive during her sea trials, reacting to steering commands instantaneously thanks to the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit. Her powerful bow thruster in combination with the propellers optimised for her speed range, allow the vessel to be manoeuvred with confidence in close quarters even in windy conditions.
"Heesen’s acknowledged expertise in weight reduction, combined with two high power-to-weight ratio MTU 2,880kW engines, has proved to be a winning formula once again. The maximum contractual speed of 23 knots was largely exceeded, while at the same time vibration tests proved White to be extremely quiet.”
The delivery of White follows in the wake of several launches and deliveries from Heesen this year, including the fellow 5000 Aluminium Class yacht VanTom which was delivered in February (...).
White’s sister ship, Project Aster, is currently under construction and is available for delivery in June 2019.
Photo credit: Dick Holhuis for Heesen Yachts
Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Heesen Yachts boasts a portfolio of fascinating and sometimes bizarre custom superyachts built for ambitious clients, ready to push the envelope along with the trusted Dutch shipyard. But what Heesen is perhaps best known for is its ability to consistently deliver hull after hull of their proven and loved series of semi-custom superyachts. The shipyard has become a master in this field and manages without fail to match owners from around the world with their fully engineered and designed masterpieces. The Book Ends story is one such tale that ended with an experienced owner now ready to explore new cruising grounds along with a new found love for his favourite hobby.
As the 13th unit in Heesen’s 47-metre displacement line, Book Ends shares the same Omega Architects exterior design as many of its fleet’s most well-travelled superyachts. Think Scirocco, 4You and Blind Date; Book Ends builds on the experience Heesen has gained delivering yachts such as these over the last decade. With a high internal volume of under 500 GT, impressive cruising range of 4,000 nm, durable and stable steel hull and relatively shallow draft for safe cruising, Book Ends and her sisters serve just as perfect as a first-time owner’s yacht as much as it appeals to some of the most experienced yachtsmen out there.
With a full beam sky lounge and forward master suite, Book Ends is all about big interior spaces. But don’t be fooled by those curvaceous overhangs that shelters each outdoor deck space, there are plenty of deck areas to hang out on – 186 square metres, in fact.
One of the owner’s favourite spots on board is the open foredeck are where one can lounge under those two iconic bright orange umbrellas which allow you to spot Book Ends from a mile away.
But the sundeck really is the ultimate outside space and accounts for nearly half of Book Ends' total exterior deck area. Here you can take in the views from the spa pool up forward which overlooks the foredeck or sit back and relax on the built-in circular seating area aft after a fun day out on the water with family and friends. A central bar area is the place to be when the sun has set, and can easily cater to large gatherings when entertaining guests. (...)
One notable feature that sets Book Ends apart from her older sisters is the amount of glazing used throughout the yacht. Larger windows and portholes add a new dimension to this highly optimised layout that has been designed to cater to a yacht life that every guest will come to appreciate. (...)
A central staircase forward of the main saloon leads down to the guest cabins where you will find two double and two twin cabins, outfitted in the same level of luxury as experienced on the main deck. Along with the master suite, these cabins take the total guest count to 10 persons who can live aboard Book Ends. Back upstairs is the lavish master suite that is reserved for the owners. (..)
Heesen’s engineering team along with the gurus at MTU fitted a twin 8V 4000 M63 engine configuration in the bowels of Book Ends that provides a 15 knots top speed when needed during those fun island-hopping afternoon cruises.
The Grid online magazine wrote the following:
Omega Architects & Its Upcoming Projects
We've just got back from Singapore Yacht Show 2018 ?and one of the highlights of our rendezvous at this year's spectacle was meeting with world-renowned yacht designers Omega Architects. ?The famous superyacht design firm is highly sought-after for its design prowess and conceptualising skills and we were glad to rub shoulders once more with the firm's founder Mr. Frank Laupman, who established the firm way back in 1995. He in turn, divulged some juicy news pertaining to two new exciting projects that Omega Architects are working on and we have some details below.
65M Sport Explorer Superyacht Concept With Van Oossanen
The first of the two projects is a bold concept; a 65-metre superyacht collaboration with naval architects Van Oossanen (which will provide their expertise on hull design and build, FDHF). According to Frank, this 65-metre superyacht concept design explores a refined sense in yachting luxury with its 'sports explorer' theme.
Apparently, it will express a sharp and sporty exterior design with sturdy vertical semi-reversed bow and signature design iconic arches, which is basically Omega's 'integrated hull and body' design. This means this 65-metre concept should also display strong muscular lines in dark glass windows and overhangs creating length, sleek flowing shapes in the curved roof and arches in adding the sporty elegance.
Over on the inside, this new concept is said to hold an extravagant beach club feature, one that opens up the interior aft in two ways; a hinged down transom that turns into the swim platform, with the port side door making a balcony for easy boarding of the necessary tender and toys. It's also going to feature Heesen's easy on the eye neutral colours such as gold, copper, brown, sand and white, all tones that usually enhance the luxurious feeling in a relaxing way as with their previous superyachts.
We've also been informed that where living spaces are concerned there will be two double and two twin guest cabins, each with en-suite bathrooms. There will also be a crew corridor for easy service of the guest rooms with extra spacious captain's suite which comes with an optional office area. All in all, this project by Omega Architects and Van Oossanen will be able to accommodate up to 10 guests and 16 crewmen.
As for Van Oossanen's input for this concept, you can be rest assured that comfort and efficiency will be achieved via their expertise on fluid dynamics and naval architecture, notably the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF).
62M Project With CRN Yachts
Omega Architects will also be at the helm of one other project for super and mega yacht builder, CRN Yachts, a brand under Italian yachting giants, Ferretti Group. Code-named as 'hull no. 138', this newly commissioned superyacht will see Omega Architects express their distinctive design features: sporty and sleek exterior lines while integrating seamless functions of space and performance. The project will be closely developed together with CRN's engineering department of course.
This new yacht will definitely showcase the art of bespoke shipbuilding that is synonymous with CRN Yachts, and the sale of this 62 m vessel is yet another success stemming from CRN's long-standing cooperation with Omega Architects, which, in 2014, had already led to the creation of an iconic yacht like the 73-metre Yalla.
As is the nature of privacy when it comes to new superyacht commissions, not many details have been revealed about either of these two new projects in the pipelines for Omega Architects. However, what can be confirmed by Frank Laumpman is that Omega Architects will be spearheading all the design fractions of both projects by conceptualising everything, from the maindecks, interior appointments and the utilisation of space all throughout the various sections of each yacht design. It will be quite a sight to see these two models on the open seas when it comes to fruition.
On April 8th, The Grid Asia magazine wrote the following:
Within the current project books of Van Oossanen Naval Architects, we felt that these projects we have picked (amongst many others within their portfolio spanning multiple years) in showcasing their expertise and capabilities within the realm of naval engineering and architectural ingenuity, highly deserves mentions.
Enter the world of luxury exploration - with the NedXplor 38 - the brainchild birthed from the collaboration between world renowned Dutch yachting designers Van Oossanen and Omega Architects. As the 2nd part of the name implies, the NedXplor 38 is an explorer class luxury yacht, but of which is almost half the size of most current explorer builds today. The NedXplor 38 stands at 125 feet or 38 meters in length overall, and she's envisioned to be every inch an explorer, as well as every inch a luxury yacht.
According to Perry Van Oossanen, head of the naval-architecture studio, the reason for the choice of sizing is to truly fulfill the NedXplor 38's role as a true explorer yacht with capabilities to anchor close to coasts, enter small harbours, easy maneuverability and explorability - all which are attributes which an adventurous yacht needs. "Yachts in this size bracket can sometimes be overlooked, but this size of yacht is incredibly appealing for so many reasons," says Perry van Oossanen.
The NedXplor 38 boasts a range of more than 5,000 nautical miles, at cruising speeds of 11 knots, with top speeds at 15.5 knots powered by Caterpillar engines. For those who needs a clearer gauge of how far this range is, imagine sailing from Phuket, Thailand to the Indonesian Archipelagos (as far as West Papua), then back to Phuket on a single tank. This is indeed a good range for exploration, and the magic that makes this all a reality? The combination of both Van Oossanen's patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) and patented Hull Vane® underwater spoiler. This combination provides for at minimum, 30% fuel savings over comparable, traditionally hulled megayachts of her length overall. As an added option, when commissioning the build of the NedXplor 38, one could opt for an ice-classed hull as well as to choose the shipyard of choice.
Where the engineering designs of the NedXplor 38 are courtesy of Van Oossanen, the artform, aesthetics and space of both exterior and interior of the NedXplor 38 are courtesy of Omega Architects. On her exterior, there exists a refreshing take as the NedXplor 38 dons a futuristic design of a classical explorer, giving her that modern-classic appeal. Her forward superstructure profile allows for ample space at the stern section, which one could also then opt for a certified helipad in utilising the space. The interior of the NedXplor 38 will be as inviting as that of a traditional "white yacht", with a play of full height glass windows in achieving the feeling of space vastness. Interior fixtures and fittings are customisable to taste. Other highlights of the interior would include a main-deck owner's suite, amenities like a beach club and a gym, four guest staterooms below deck and accommodation for 7 crews. The NedXplor 38 was created with volume in mind, and she boasts volumes similar to the traditional yachts - with a 27ft 6in (8.4m) beam and half loaded displacement of 355 gross tonnes. And with the volume, the NedXplor 38 caters for 5 tenders at the aft deck. (...)
Other notable Heesen projects which has Van Oossenen Naval Architects footprints are Galactica Super Nova (70m), Galactica Star (65m), Home (49.8m) and others. It is definitely worth meeting Van Oossanen Naval Architect's representative, Niels Moerke during the upcoming SYS 2018 should you be intrigued in customising and designing your very own yacht.
Diane M. Byrne wrote the following for Megayachtnews.com on March 31st
What happens when two designers collaborate on a yacht, independent of a shipyard, to pique buyers’ interests? More important, what happens when those designers zero in on a size range largely ignored by most similar concepts? You get the NedXplor 38, created by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Omega Architects. While every inch an explorer, she’s also every inch a luxury yacht. As such, she hits multiple marks.
At 125 feet (38 meters), the NedXplor 38 is nearly half the size of a number of expedition proposals and current builds. Van Oossanen, Omega, and IYC, which holds the exclusive listing, see strong appeal for that very reason. Furthermore, as Perry van Oossanen, head of the naval-architecture studio, says, “The size means that it can be a true explorer yacht, anchoring close to the coast, entering small harbors and exploring, and easy to handle and maneuver—all the attributes an adventurous yacht needs.”
NedXplor 38 megayacht interior
Available for build at the yard of your choice, she’s set for adventure indeed. The NedXplor 38 features Van Oossanen’s patented Fast Displacement Hull Form, as well as its patented Hull Vane underwater spoiler. The combination promises 30 percent fuel savings over comparable, traditionally hulled megayachts of her LOA. Furthermore, she should see more than 5,000 nautical miles while cruising under Caterpillar power at 11 knots. (Top end is 15.5 knots.) Should you so wish, she can have an ice-classed hull, too.
The NedXplor 38’s superstructure-forward profile certainly conveys her exploration orientation. Inside, however, the atmosphere is as inviting as that of a traditional “white yacht.” Full-height glass, a main-deck owner’s suite, and other amenities like a beach club and gym are highlights. So are four guest staterooms below decks, accommodations for seven crew, and the option for a certified helipad. With a 27’6” (8.4-meter) beam and half-load displacement of 355 gross tons, she has volumes of a traditional yacht.
All you have left to do is pick the five (yes, five) tenders for the aft deck, and tailor the interior.
Sadie Whitelocks wrote the following for Mail Online:
- Home, built by Dutch shipyard Heesen, is decked out with a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system
- In silent mode, the yacht can reach up to nine knots, while in normal mode it can hit a top speed of 16.3 knots
- Home's hybrid and mechanical power sources can be used simultaneously or independently
A new cutting-edge superyacht boasts a silent mode in a bid to offer guests the ultimate luxury - peace and quiet.
The 164ft-long aluminium-constructed Home, built by Dutch shipyard Heesen, is decked out with a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system, which minimizes noise pollution and fuel consumption without sacrificing speed.
London-based professor Barry Smith, who founded the Centre for the Study of the Senses, helped guide the boat's development and he said that Home runs at 'a sound of around 46 decibels - the level of softly falling rain'.
Professor Smith says this unique feature will help high-flying passengers get greater enjoyment from the yacht's on-board amenities - especially when it comes to food.
He explains: ‘Our research has shown that the brain’s processing of taste is affected by noise, which reduces the tongue’s ability to detect salt, sweet and sour.
'The beauty of Home is that it enables those on board to enjoy food and drink to the full with no diminution of taste.'
And there is plenty of space on the outside decks to entertain or enjoy the sea air
Heesen designers said they found many of the activities at sea involve enjoying good food and wine, so they wanted to cut out any distractions.
Home's hybrid and mechanical power sources can be used simultaneously or independently.
In silent cruise mode, her fuel consumption reduces to a staggering 45 litres per hour - an astonishing feat for a yacht displacing 295 tons and a gross tonnage of 499.
The yacht has an aerodynamic design, allowing it to cut through the water at speed
In this setting, the yacht can reach up to nine knots, while in normal mode it can hit a top speed of 16.3 knots.
On the design front, Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, was responsible for crafting Home's exteriors.
He opted for a vertical bow, with other striking features including a swimming platform and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. (...)
Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, guests can enjoy sweeping ocean views from the comfort of their room
The yacht can sleep up to 12 guests and the owner’s apartment includes a private study, large bathroom and spacious bedroom.
There is a spacious sundeck on the yacht, so guests can sit back and soak up the sun
On the lower deck there are five luxurious staterooms, with two doubles, two twins and one VIP suite.
Other rooms around the watercraft include two lounges, a dining room, gym, spa area and lobby.
The main outdoor deck centres around the theme of 'relaxed living', with sun loungers dotted around and a sweeping open-air bar.
At night, the yacht takes on a different guise, with spotlights and coloured lighting transforming its appearance.
At night time the yacht comes alive, thanks to dozens of spotlights on the outside decks
Home was sold to a passionate yacht enthusiast in July 2016 but there is no word on who the purchaser was and how much the vessel went for, though it is known that her sister ship, Project Electra, currently under construction, would cost approximately 33.8 million euros.
Home was sold to a passionate yacht enthusiast in July 2016 but there is no word on who the purchaser was or how much the vessel went for
Home's finished design was unveiled in 2017 and this January it won Best Naval Architecture Displacement and Best Ecological Design & Operation Innovation at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in Kitzbühel.
This January the yacht won Best Naval Architecture Displacement and Best Ecological Design & Operation Innovation at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in Kitzbühel
Judges praised Home's designers for addressing ways to reduce environmental impact.
We are thrilled to announce three (!) of our designs were chosen as finalist for the World Superyacht Award 2018: 50m Home, 55m Laurentia and 47m Book Ends.
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday May 19th in Firenze, Italy.
We keep our fingers crossed!
Left on top:
47m Book Ends
(Photo by Jeff Brown)
(Photo by Jeff Brown)
Both in the category Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT - 40m and Above
Left below: 55m Laurentia
Photo courtesy of Heesen Yachts
In the category Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 1,999GT:
Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes
Since the modern pocket explorer superyacht arrived on the scene in the mid 2000s, we have seen a dramatic change in the capabilities of these versatile vessels, making them more adaptable and appealing to new and experienced clients than ever before, many of which are able to safely and independently take their owners around the world in search of real adventure.
Omega NedExplor 38 Design
Omega Architects is continuing the development of this popular market segment with the release of their new NedXplor 38 expedition yacht project. The vessel is designed by an all-Dutch colaboration to deliver the best of both the modern superyachting and off-road exploring worlds through a platform that is characterised by innovative storage and layout solutions that offer the same amount of guest spaces associated with a conventional 38-metre without sacrificing any exterior deck areas and tender-carrying capabilities.
NedXplorer 38 Concept
The exterior profile suggests that the NedXplor 38 is ready for some serious action with a powerful and dynamic stance created by the reverse incline of the bridge windows as well as the high freeboard and near plumb bow. Ready to carry up to five tenders, the raised main deck aft area is also designed to receive a helicopter when not in use as an aft lounge terrace. The tender garage on the lower aft deck converts into a beach club.
Inside there are five cabins that offer accommodation for up to 10 guests. The mood of the suggested interior décor is relaxing and simplistic in a very stylish fashion. Bright materials and surfaces along with life-size windows create a wonderfully airy environment and provide the perfect setting to enjoy the surrounding views from.
In addition to developing the naval architecture of the vessel, Van Oossanen Naval Architects also put their spin on the project to create a more stable and fuel efficient experience on board through the installation of its Hull Vane foil below the stern of the yacht. The device reduces resistance underway and improves seakeeping.
Keeping true to her explorer nature, NedXplor 38 will be able to cover 5,023 nm at 11 knots without having to refuel and if needed, get up to 15 knots at maximum power.
Bernie Challis, the IYC Monaco listing agent for the project, adds that the NedXplorer 38 is perfect for those in search of a unique and versatile vessel. “It is an amazing yacht that will be a seriously interesting prospect to many owners looking for something a little different, perfectly suited to very extended cruising.”
Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International:
Omega Architects and Van Oossanen Naval Architects have released details of their latest collaboration, the NedXplor 38 concept.
Offered for sale with IYC Monaco, whose broker Bernie Challis helped to develop the project, this 38 metre full displacement explorer yacht would be built to MCA LY3 standards at an undisclosed Dutch shipyard. Designer Frank Laupman explained that she balances form and function with “a bold, masculine exterior, complemented by a warmer, feminine elegant interior”.
Vital statistics include an 8.4 metre beam and a 2.7 metre draught at half load
The explorer aesthetic is reinforced by a near-vertical bow, which maximizes interior volume, and reverse-angled wheelhouse windows — ideal for passagemaking in all conditions.
Naval architect Perry van Oossanen added: “Yachts in this size bracket can sometimes be overlooked, but this size means that it can be a true explorer yacht, anchoring close to the coast, entering small harbours and exploring, and easy to handle and manoeuvre — all the attributes an adventurous yacht needs.”
Accommodation is for up to ten guests split across five cabins, including a full-beam owner’s suite situated on the main deck, as well as two doubles and two twin cabins on the lower deck.
The ten-person dining area stretches the length of the saloon on the port side
The crew quarters, suitable for a staff of up to seven people, are situated in the bow, leaving the aft free for storing tenders and toys. This versatile space can be easily transformed into a superyacht beach club and gymnasium, the designers add. The spacious main deck aft is another key feature — large enough to be set up as either a helipad or storage space for additional tenders.
Power would come from a pair of 1,000hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising range of 5,032 nautical miles at 11 knots. Van Oossanen explains that this globetrotting ability is made possible by the fitment of a hull vane, which also reduces pitching and rolling motion.
“The most important thing about this design is that it performs, beyond looking good,” he concludes. “We believe that the yacht’s size paired with the hull vane is a very interesting proposal for owners looking for a truly adventurous yacht without the size and investment that a much larger explorer yacht requires.”
Georgia Tindale wrote the following for SuperyachtTimes:
Northrop & Johnson has announced the sale of the 36.8-metre Heesen superyacht Li-Lien, with Wes Sanford representing the seller during the sale.
Launched by Heesen in the Netherlands in 2005, Li-Lien has exterior and interior design from the drawing boards of the Dutch studio Omega Architects. The 36.8-metre superyacht also underwent an extensive refit in 2012.
On board, she accommodates up to 10 guests across five ensuite staterooms, comprising one master stateroom, two queens and two twins. A crew of five is also accommodated for on board.
As for her stand-out features, Li-Lien boasts excellent deck space, ideal for alfresco dining on the aft deck or sunbathing on her sun pads. She also features a large tender garage where the tender and toys are stowed for a toy-free deck and easy access.
Powered by twin 3648 hp Diesel engines, Li-Lien has an impressive top speed of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots. In addition, the 36.8-metre superyacht also has an ABS classification as well as an MCA certification.
At the time of sale, Li-Lien was listed at an asking price of €4,950,000.
Gemma Fottles wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
The 30.5-metre superyacht Nozomi which began construction at Turkish shipyard Alia in 2014 has been sold, Camper & Nicholsons has recently announced. She features exterior design by Dutch studio Omega Architects [...]. With delivery scheduled in spring this year, her new owner now has the opportunity to personalise the yacht whilst waiting just a few short months for completion.
Sold in an in-house deal at Camper & Nicholsons, the brokerage firm states: “With Gaston Lees Buckley representing the shipyard and Arne Ploch the buyer, the yacht has been listed with Camper & Nicholsons for just three months and provided an excellent opportunity for the buyer to jump in and own a brand new yacht without the wait of an entire new build. Her new owner has the opportunity to get involved in the finer interior details and design, making the yacht his own when she is delivered in 2018. Camper & Nicholsons would like to thank all those involved in the sale.”
Heesen Yachts shared the news that "on February 8, 2018, YN 18250 – formerly known as Project Ayla – was launched at the shipyard in Oss. Her owners christened their new yacht White.
At 50 metres, with a Gross Tonnage below the 500GT threshold, White is a gorgeous addition to the successful 5000 Aluminium class whose exterior lines are by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects. 18250 originally began on speculation, but was bought one year into construction. [...]
A sense of space and relaxation is the key-theme throughout the yacht, both inside in private and social areas, and outside [...].
White will be intensively tested in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners in April 2018.
Georgia Boscawen wrote the following for Superyachtnews.com
Heesen announces the delivery of 98th superyacht
We take a look at the yard's newest delivery 50m 'VanTom', and its five-year performance…
Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of 50m motoryacht VanTom, bringing the shipyard’s fleet ever closer to its 100th delivery. The new superyacht is the sixth yacht in Heesen’s popular 50m semi-displacement range designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Now, with 10 yachts under construction, what do the next few years have in store for Heesen?
According to The Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report 2018: New Build, Heesen has delivered a total of 18 yachts in the last five years, with a cumulative LOA of 913.4m. As a result, based on the criteria specified in the report, Heesen is considered to be the eighth most active superyacht builder in the market. For at least the last five years, Heesen has demonstrated its strong position through its consistency of having delivered three or more superyachts per annum. This looks as if it is set to continue with deliveries scheduled up until 2020.
In 2018, Heesen will reach a very important milestone with the delivery of its 100th superyacht. Now with 98 vessels on the water, Heesen certainly has one of the larger order books in the market since it began building superyachts in 1883.
In issue 183 of The Superyacht Report, the activity of Omega Architects was analysed, showing the flourishing design relationship with Heesen Yachts since 2001. The Dutch design studio is now responsible for the design of more than 45 per cent of the delivered Heesen fleet. The analysis also shows that Omega tops the rankings in the 45-65m motoryacht sector (2012-2017 deliveries) with an 18.4 per cent share of all projects delivered.
The delivery of VanTom took place in international waters on February 14th, following an extensive period of sea trials. Captain David Burge comments, “During sea trials the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even while proceeding at speeds of over 23 knots.” These trials took place in the North Sea in January of this year, with waves up to one metre.
“It was a real pleasure to work with Heesen throughout this new build for the past two years,” says Arne Ploch of Camper & Nicholsons, who represented the client’s commercial interests during construction. “It has been a smooth relationship based on mutual trust and respect, the way it should be when building a new yacht. It has been a great experience for the owner and his team.”
Heesen has clearly started the year off positively, having just announced the sale of 60m fully custom motoryacht Project Falcon, which is scheduled for delivery in 2021. The shipyard also has a further four superyachts scheduled for delivery in 2018, with a cumulative LOA of 206m.
Superyacht VanTom was delivered with love to her owners on Valentines Day!
This 50m semi-displacement carries an exterior design from Omega Architects by Frank Laupman, with the signature look of sporty elegance, adding to the shipyard's heritage of speed and comfort.
VanTom is the latest member of a very successful series, built by Heesen Yachts.
We wish the owners and captain happy sailing all over the world.
Photo: courtesy of Heesen Yachts.
Heesen and Omega team up on 60m new build superyacht
On 12 February 2018 Georgia Tindale wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Heesen has announced the sale of its first contract for 2018, a full custom 60-metre new build superyacht project featuring exterior design by Omega Architects.
Heesen 19360 Falcon rendering
The 60-metre Fast Displacement steel-hulled motor yacht, named Project Falcon, is scheduled for delivery in 2021 and will be the largest steel yacht built by Heesen to date.
Her clean and chiselled exterior lines evident from the renderings are by Omega Architects who have also introduced an innovative design feature to embellish the profile: the bird’s wing. This 'bird's wing' is a multi-faceted shape which integrates the three decks (main, bridge and sundeck) without interfering with the uninterrupted horizontal lines of the glazed windows.
As evident from the rendering, Project Falcon pairs a distinctive profile with Heesen's typically sporty elegance.
The 60-metre superyacht will have a gross tonnage of 1,060GT, with floor-to-ceiling windows and aft doors coupled with lowered bulwarks to ensure panoramic views and plenty of natural light flooding the interior.
On board, Project Falcon will accommodate 16 guests across four twin suites on the lower deck, a VIP connected with a twin stateroom and media room on the main deck forward, a VIP amidships on the bridge deck, and a master stateroom on the bridge deck aft equipped with 180-degree panoramic views and a private aft terrace with a whirlpool. A crew of 14 will also be accommodated on board.
Powered by twin MTU 12V4000 M65L diesel engines, Project Falcon will reach a top speed of 17.5 knots, with a range of 4,200 nautical miles at 13 knots.
Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International on February 12th:
Heesen sells 60m steel yacht Project Falcon
Dutch yard Heesen has released the first details of its recently sold 60 metre Project Falcon, which will be its largest steel yacht to date when delivered in 2021. Hull number YN19360 for the Oss-based yard, Project Falcon features exterior styling by Omega Architects, which Heesen describes as “clean and chiselled”.
This 60 metre concept has an estimated top speed of 17.5 knots
For this new design, Omega Architects has struck a fine balance between contemporary exterior styling and a flexible 1,060GT interior that offer great views out to sea through full-height windows and over lowered bulwarks. Heesen explains that the amidships superstructure has been styled to resemble a bird's wing, visually integrating the upper three decks.
Accommodation is for up to 16 guests split between seven cabins, including an upper deck master suite with its own private aft deck, an upper deck VIP situated amidships, and a lower deck VIP with private access to a main-deck twin cabin. Four further lower deck cabins complete the guest layout, while the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to 14 people.
Power will come from a pair of MTU 12V4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 17.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,200 nautical miles when trimmed back to 13 knots, thanks to Project Falcon's ultra-efficient fast displacement hull form.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 56 metre Project Neptune, which is due for delivery next year.
The 44m superyacht G3 had a refit in 2017, of which the beautiful result was caught in an extensive photoshoot by Heesen Yachts.
Both exterior and interior were originally designed by Omega Architects as well. The refitted interior has been captured beautifully and we gladly share a selection of the best examples here
Special attention was given to designing gentle curved shapes which are easy on the eye, emphasized by soft materials reflecting the gentle colorscheme of several shades of white for fabrics and marble, gentle greys and subtle wood, with some colourful accents in warm orange and red. Everything aiming to create a weloming and comfortabele warm ambiance, inviring to relax and unwind.
Fhotos: courtesy of G3's owner.
We are trhilled to share the news 'Home' has been granted the Neptune trophy for 'Best Ecological Design and Operation Innovation.' This is one of the Boat international Design & Innovation Awards. The ceremony took place on Monday 28th of January in Kitzbühel.
The judges gave the following comments along with the award:
'Just three teams were brave enough to submit projects for scrutiny in this new category seeking significant investment in design, equipment and operational procedures to reduce environmental impact.
Diesel-electric hybrids are today’s most widespread environmentally friendly propulsion solution, but even this is evolving with differences in application from yacht to yacht.
For a project that began on speculation by the builder, the Heesen brief was for low- and mid-speed efficiency with top priority on quiet and comfort.
Sharing both its decision matrix and performance results, the yacht now known as Home combines aluminium construction and a Fast Displacement Hull Form with relatively small 840hp main engines.
Two-speed diesel generators powering electric shaft motors deliver low speed cruising at 9 knots, burning just 45 litres per hour in electric mode while producing only 46dB of noise in the owner’s stateroom.
The mains coupled to shaft generators can push her to 16.3 knots while still powering the house load without requiring a separate generator.
While this yacht does not offer “silent mode” operation on batteries, the power train is future-proofed for this quieter option.'
From Omega Architects, our design focused on the yacht's close relationship to the environment. With a vast 118 m2 of glass, full height offering possible for panorama views, guests can feel closely conneted to the maritime surroundings. Her near vertical bow, with elegant and functional double spray rails, points out her strong character. Besides beautiful, it’s also functional: increasing stability by reducing vertical movement for comfortable cruising, directional stability and a long waterline for optimal hull speed.
'Home' also won the award for Best Naval Architecture - Displacemenet Motoryachts. Naval Architecture was designed by Van Oossanen. this superyacht was built by Heesen Yachts.
Photo courtesy: Heesen Yachts
Rose-Hannah Lishman wrote the following for Superyacht.com:
With an Italian history steeped in success, Ferretti Group’s superyacht specialists, CRN, have recently announced that they will begin work on a new masterpiece; a 62-metre design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Another addition to CRN’s growing portfolio of triumphs, the new build will mark hull number 138 for the shipyard (...).
Starting life in the Ancona yard, hull 138 is born to a winning combination of creative minds. Not only do CRN hail as Feretti Group’s large yacht experts, but the shipyard dates back to 1963 with a heritage that remains 100% Italian.
With the new project developed by CRN’s engineering department, (...) proof that the shipyard are swiftly expanding their fleet.
However, the 62m is not all Italian. Designed in close cooperation with the design firm, Omega Architects (by Frank Laupman), the exterior concept - characterised by sporty and sleek exterior lines - demonstrates a Dutch style that’s become definitive of Omega.(...)
Announcing the sale earlier this week, we now look forward to welcoming a number of CRN superyachts onto the water and will be following the 62m's journey as it comes to light. We wish both the shipyard and owner a smooth journey from shed to sea!
On January 24th, Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International:
CRN teams up with Omega Architects for 62m Project 138
Italian yard CRN has announced that it will collaborate with Dutch design studio Omega Architects once again on a forthcoming 62 metre custom superyacht, which was recently sold to an undisclosed client.
The pair last worked together on the 73 metre Yalla, which was launched in 2014 sporting a traditional bow shape. The first preview image below shows that CRN Hull 138, as the new project is currently known, will feature a vertical bow to maximise the interior space available for its length.
CRN Hull 138 is exted to hit the water in 2019
Omega’s signature styling can be seen throughout the design, with sleek and sporty exterior lines. Meanwhile, Italian architecture and design firm Pulina DNA has been commissioned to create the interior décor, although no further images have been released at this stage.
In a statement, the Ancona-based yard added that this new custom yacht “skilfully combines the infinitely large — huge size and impressive perfomances — and the infinitely small, in the form of precious, functional details.”
The layout, engine installation and star features of CRN Hull 138 are all being kept under wraps for now, but more details are expected to be revealed in the build up to the estimated 2019 launch.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 50 metre Project Superconero, which is due to launch next month, the 79 metre CRN Hull 135 and the 62 metre CRN Hull 137.
Source: Boat International magazine.
On January 19th, Georgia Tindale wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
CRN sells 62m Omega designed superyacht
The Italian shipyard CRN has announced the sale of a new 62-metre fully-custom project designed by the Dutch design studio Omega Architects.
Stefano de Vivo and Alberto Galassi of CRN
[...] Omega Architects will be responsible for the exterior concept [...]. Characterised by sporty and sleek exterior lines, CRN’s new fully-custom yacht aims to combine a large size and impressive performance with precise attention to detail in her design. CRN has previously collaborated with Omega Architects in 2014 on the creation of the 73-metre superyacht Yalla. [...]
Photo courtesy of SYT
Joris van Roy wrote the following for Electrek:
Dutch to build fleet of eleven full electric canal barges
By August 2018 the first full electric commercial canal barge in the world is to be launched in the Netherlands to connect Budel with the Antwerp harbour. It will be the first of a fleet of five small (52 m long) and six large (110 m) barges that can sail from 15 to 35 hours on pure electricity from battery containers on deck.
The canal barges are designed by Dutch naval architects Omega Architects (from Druten), known around the world for their super luxury yachts. The electric development is done by naval electric specialists from Werkina (from Werkendam). The small barges measure 52 by 6,7 metres and can load 24 twenty-foot containers and a bulk load of 425 ton.
Battery in 20-foot container
The huge lithium-ion battery is built into a 20-foot container giving the barge a range of 15 hours of sailing. This battery container can be switched by another one at the terminal or recharged. Fully loading the battery takes four hours.
35 hours of sailing
The six larger ships measure 110 by 11,4 metres and can take 240 containers, stacked up five high. They have four 20-foot battery containers on deck, which give them a range of 35 hours of sailing. They will be used merely between the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Duisburg.
For the building of these ships Europe is subsidizing the project with 7 million euro. “By the end of the second quarter of 2019 all eleven ships will be put into service”, says Ton van Meegen, CEO of Port-Liner, the company that will rent the barges.
“All of them are already fully rented to shipping companies and large container companies. Otherwise we wouldn’t start to build them. We are not a charity organization”, Van Meegen says. Port-Liner’s intentions are to add four more large barges after 2019.
3,5 million per barge
The six large barges represent a total investment of 55 million, charging infrastructure and 48 battery containers included. The ship itself costs 3,5 million euro for the large ones, 1,5 million for the smaller ones.
According to Port-Liner sailing an electric barge is not more expensive than diesel ships. These electric barges are only ‘a drop into the diesel ocean’ for now. “Europe counts 7.300 inland navigation vessels”, the CEO says. “Of this number 5.200 are owned by Belgian and Dutch skippers.”
To give inland navigation a boast, Port-Liner will offer retrofitting of electric propulsion to replace diesel engines. The e-power boxes in the containers can be leased by the skipper. “We offer complete packages to do this”, Van Meegen says.
In 2012 up to and including 2017, Omega Architects delivered most built exterior designs in the 45-60m class, with 15 design which is 18,4 % Omega Architects has the number one position in the top seven for exterior. For interior Omega Architects is also top seven.
This we learned from several articles and intelligence in The Superyacht Report. Here we share some relevant information and citations from the magazine:
Source: Georgia Boscawen, Case study The Superyacht Design Report issue 183, December 2017.
‘The Superyacht Design Report’, by Rachel Rowney, p. 36.:
‘Omega Architects are the outstanding studio in the 45-60m motoryacht category, […] appearing in the top seven for both exterior and interior design – an impressive statistic but one justified by the fact that the majority of projects in this size range appoint just one studio to deliver every element of the yacht’s design. Notable projects from Omega Architects include ‘Home’(2017) and ‘Sibelle’ (2015), both collaborating with Heesen Yachts.’
And on p. 39.: ‘For yachts delivered in the past five years in the 45-60m segment, the distribution of projects is slightly different, with Omega Architects having designed the most projects (15) […].
From the ‘Case Study’ by Georgia Boscawen (p. 45):
’ Since 2012, (…) Omega Architects (..) proved to be (..) the most prolific design studio in the world in the field. (...) Omega began a flourishing relationship with Heesen yachts in 2001, and the Dutch studio is now responsible for the design of more than 45 per cent of the delivered Heesen fleet, which, at the time of writing, stands at 97 super yachts. Whilst Omega pre-dominantly worked on exterior projects, more than 30 per cent of its projects are actually interiors, including Galactica, built in 2007, and 50m Sibelle, delivered in 2015.
Consistency is certainly difficult to achieve in the superyacht market and it comes through robust relationships, a well-known and trusted brand and a rich portfolio of fantastic design. Just from looking at the figures, where Omega tops the rankings of the number of exterior projects in the 45-60m motoryacht sector (2012-2017 deliveries), with an 18,4 per cent share of all projects, clearly the much-desired pursuit of consistency has been expertly maintained since the studio’s inception in 1995.’
‘On the contrary, Omega has remained relatively consistent in the size of yachts designed in the past five years, retaining its focus on the 45-60m category. […] working with a number of shipyards on an irregular basis, […] dedicated a large number of their projects to a small number of shipyards. A feature of their work that has defined their profile, performance. Nevertheless, […] continue to work with a number of other shipyards on a less frequent basis.’
Illustration: courtesy of The Superyacht Report