Construction continues on custom 62m CRN 138 explorer

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Laura Nicholls wrote the following for Superyachttimes yesterday:

Having had her metal hull and superstructure completed to the designs of Dutch design studio Omega Architects, the 62-metre yacht CRN 138 has entered her interior outfitting phase at the CRN shipyard in Ancona. The CRN team will begin installing her systems and equipment such as pipes, cables and insulation, before moving on to furnishings and décor designed by interior designers Italian designers and architects Pulina Exclusive Interiors.

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The four-deck explorer can accommodate up to 16 guests across seven staterooms, including an owner’s suite and lower-deck VIP cabin. Guests can also enjoy the sundeck, dining areas and lounges.

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Launch project "Boreas"

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Heesen Yachts made the following announcement last week:

We are proud to announce the launch of YN 18650 Project Boreas.
Project Boreas is a 50-metre full-aluminium motor yacht just below the 500GT threshold. Her construction was begun on speculation and is based on the design and engineering platform of Nova Plus, offering fast yet very efficient performance thanks to her slippery Fast Displacement Hull Form which has a draft of just 2.15 metres.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects is responsible for the contemporary exterior design, while Mark Whiteley worked closely with the experienced Owner to create an elegant yet warm interior design.

As the owner stepped into the project one year into construction, he had a high degree of freedom in customising his new yacht to reflect his taste and lifestyle. Project Boreas is a brilliant illustration of how a discerning client can personalise the pre-engineered design platform of a hull already in construction, considerably shortening the delivery time.

The owner infused his personal touch in many details to increase the connection with the outdoors. For example, the smaller overhangs of the superstructure allow plenty of natural light into the interior. Glass panels with integrated blinds have been incorporated in the roof of the sundeck to allow more light on this area. An Isinglass (clear vinyl) screen completely protects the sundeck from the wind without impeding the views. Large openable windows in the sky lounge allow plenty of fresh air indoors and are controllable remotely. In addition to the gym located on the lower deck, the owner and his guests can enjoy exercising on the fixed swim platform where two Technogym running machines are rigged on each side of a wide staircase that leads to the main deck aft.
Twelve guests sleep in six cabins. The Owner’s stateroom is located forward on the main deck. On the lower deck, five suites accommodate the remaining guests.

The contemporary profile of the yacht is emphasised by the colour scheme. Both hull and superstructure sport a custom metallic Mountain Grey by Awlgrip, which elegantly matches with the colour of the Owner’s car. Metallic paint application is a complex and exacting procedure, and such was the care and attention paid to creating the ultimate finish that the complete process took 10 months.
Powered by twin MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines (rated at 1,080kW each), Project Boreas will reach a top speed of nearly 20 knots. At 12 knots she will have a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles and a frugal fuel consumption of approximately 98 litres an hour (excluding generators) – remarkable for a 50-metre yacht of 499GT displacing 320 tons.

Project Boreas will remain at the shipyard for commissioning and will then depart to Hellevoetsluis for the sea trials. She will be delivered to her Owners in August 2019.

Project Aquamarine hull and superstructure are now joined together

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Heesen Yachts made the following announcement yesterday:

We are pleased to announce the joining of hull and superstructure of YN 18950 Project Aquamarine, the first in the new 5000 Aluminium Class, 50m full-aluminium. This new design features a curved and sporty superstructure and a crisp design language that confers her an enviable appeal.

This fast-cruising, all-aluminium motor yacht sports a brand new hull designed by Heesen’s brilliant in-house naval architects, who worked closely with renowned hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen Naval Architects. The optimisation of the hull design has enabled an efficiency gain of 12%. The key elements of this important achievement include raising the transom to make it sleeker, and incorporating the propeller tunnels in the hull to reduce the draft. Thanks to her shallow draft of just 2.15m Aquamarine is a versatile cruising yacht ideal for the clear water bays of both the Bahamas and the Mediterranean Sea. Equipped with MTU’s new green oceanic engines with reduced NOx emissions, Aquamarine is the world’s first fast-cruising yacht below 500GT to be IMO Tier III compliant.

Omega Architects penned the exterior lines of this new Class. Commenting on the design elements, Frank Laupman says: “Aquamarine combines Omega Architects heritage with the build pedigree of Heesen, producer of elegant and sporty aluminium superyachts. This new class features the ‘integrated hull and body design’, which was firstly featured in the iconic 65m FDHF ‘Galactica Star’. Her raised aft-deck, which features a full height beach club that directly connects to a flush swim platform level harmoniously combines with the ‘integrated hull and body design’.

Cristiano Gatto is responsible for the interior design of Aquamarine. Simple in its complexity, her interior design language perfectly matches the contemporary and dynamic exterior lines. Large windows provide gorgeous vistas from within, and an uninterrupted sense of freedom that embodies the spirit of the yacht as a whole. Textures and geometric patterns work in harmony with the calming, colour palette. Bespoke furniture features, both fixed and loose, couple with carefully selected pieces by renowned Italian manufacturers, such as Armani Casa and Bottega Veneta.

Cristiano Gatto comments: “I believe that Japanese accents help to create the right mood on board. Simplicity, linearity and bright colours are the main themes throughout. Our aim was to provide the owner and guests with a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Clean and uncluttered living gives a sense of balance and love for beauty.”

YN 18950 is the perfect example of Heesen’s progressive philosophy. Project Aquamarine is not only beautiful in her aesthetics, her beauty lies also in her advanced naval architecture, clever engineering and unparalleled Dutch quality.

Currently in her outfitting phase, Aquamarine is available for delivery in January 2021.

Septimus Sold!

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Charl van Rooy wrote the following for Superyachttimes yesterday:

In a recent deal brokered by Edmiston and Ocean Independence, the 50-metre Heesen motor yacht Septimus sold to a new client with Edmiston brokers Antonio Yturbe Redo and Hans van Doornmalen representing the seller and Ocean Independence’s Thom Conboy acting on behalf of the buyer.

Septimus is a 49.8-metre motor yacht built in the Netherlands in 2011 and launched as Satori for an experienced yachtsman. After being sold in 2014, Satori changed ownership and her name, cruising under Septimus ever since. As part of a long line of full-aluminium 50-metre motor yachts, Septimus shares a similar Omega Architects design with sister ships such Rocket, Hayken, Ventura and the recently-delivered Masa.

Heesen completes 50m motor yacht Masa

Charl van Rooy wrote the following for Superyachttimes yesterday:

Last week, Heesen Yachts officially completed its new 50-metre motor yacht Masa, the eighth unit in the growing 5000 Aluminium Class by the Dutch yard.

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Masa yacht by Heesen cruising Photo: Dick Holthuis

Meaning ‘my diamond’, motor yacht Masa is designed with a fresh and elegant atmosphere with bright interior decor that uses a light colour palette with matching silver accents around the yacht as created by designer Cristiano Gatto. A versatile layout places the master suite on the main deck forward and the five remaining guest staterooms on the lower deck, providing accommodation for up to 12 overnight guests.

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The project’s exterior is by long-time Heesen design partner Omega Architects and Frank Laupman who designed the semi-displacement yacht to match Masa’s sisterships in the range with a recognisable ‘pelican-beak’ bow with reverse sheer and dynamic swooping lines as part of the superstructure.

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During its sea trial phase, Masa exceeded her contractual top speed of 23 knots on a moderate North Sea.

Launch of project "Boreas"

Last Friday the launch of "Boreas", a 50 meter yacht, took place in Oss. Project Boreas is a fully aluminum motor yacht built packed in a modern appearance by Omega Architects and was built by Heesen Yachts.

Boreas accommodates a maximum of 12 guests in 6 cabins. There is also room for up to 9 crew members on board to guarantee a relaxed luxury yacht experience

The GRID - Catching up with OMEGA Architects

T.Y Lim wrote the following article in the latest edition of THE Grid:

Catching Up With Omega Architects

After my visit to the Netherlands back in June 2017, it is now time to revisit and catch up with the good people at Omega Architects - purveyor of both artistically crafted form and function for structures, particularly yachts. We had a chat with head honcho of Omega Architects and Dutch architect extraordinaire, Mr. Frank Laupman.

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Results 2018

Heesen Yachts - VanTom & White

Looking back in 2018, there were strings of progression for Omega Architects. 2018 saw two 50m yachts designed by Omega Architects hit the waters - VanTom (ex Project Alba) and White (ex Project Ayla). These 2 yachts carries the exterior designed signature lines and also represents the inner character of speed and comfort for which Heesen Yachts are renowned for.

Alia Yachts - Virgen Del Mar VI
The highlight for 2018 however, would be the delivery of the 32m Virgen Del Mar VI built by Alia Yachts, together with Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Omega Architects. Delivered in July 2018, this pocket super-yacht was built in steel and aluminium with the inclusion of Hull Vane® (by Van Oossanen Naval Architects). Virgen Del Mar VI was designed for global cruising making her capable of long ranges. This complements well with her spacious volume of 235GT, which is large for her size. Combined, this propelled her as a finalist for the Design & Innovation Awards.

Virgen Del Mar VI boasts a distinctive raised pilothouse profile with strong horizontal and vertical shapes. Long dark lines emphasize her length as the vertical lines do for her sturdy resolute character. A very comfortable 50 square-meters wide body sun-deck annex fly bridge accommodates a large shaded dining and lounge area plus bar, both arranged behind the helm station. Elegance comes from soft angled inclining overhangs aft - which is also a spacious sunbathing area - and forward. The elegance is continued with the gentle inclining stern bulwark doubling as windshields on the swim platform offering spectacular views of the outdoors.

Virgen Del Mar VI prides herself with full height windows, wrapped around the main deck’s dining and salon - coupled with the glass bulwark, this allows for uninterrupted natural sunlight in with full panoramic views to the outdoor surroundings. Forward is the 22.5 square-meters full beam owner’s suite with bathroom featuring 2.3 meters high ceilings. Again, full height windows were included, as well as doors for private access to the sidewalk and forward lounge area that features very inviting sofas. The owner’s suite and salon also features unobstructed views to the outdoors, particularly views just above waters - and this is attributed to the glass-inserted bulwark aft. Main deck aft features open-air spaces for dining, lounging and sunbathing for up to 10 guests.

Her lower deck houses two double and two twin spacious guests cabins plus a crew area for 5. Behind the engine room sits the tender garage, which houses the vessel’s 5m tender.

Her waterline length is optimised by the plump bow, where a narrow entry of the hull provides for higher efficiency at higher (displacement) speeds, which further adds to her impressive range of 4,500 nautical miles.

In The Making

Hakvoort Shipyard - Project Adur

Just right before the turn of the year, in mid December 2018, Hakvoort Shipyard started construction of the 45.2m Project Adur - a very interesting hybrid project that includes the exterior and interior design development. The highly involved owner, represented by Peter Hürzeler of Ocean Independence, is designing his ultimate family yacht with Omega Architects. The exterior features an eye-catching shaven hull, while the master stateroom boasts a loggia with extendable balcony, erasing the borders between the interior and the exterior in giving a feel of connection with the waters and surroundings.

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Distinctive interior features are her floor to ceiling wrap-around windows - a special Owner request - on both aft decks, thus providing panoramic views from the main deck salon and sky lounge. This design allows for natural lighting to flood into the bright and fresh interior while the salon and dining shows connected symmetry in a contemporary setting with a bright colour scheme. On the exterior, soft curves wrapping around wooden see-through slats creates ‘curtains’ emphasising the yacht’s waistline. Sophisticated dark and light contrast creates subtle contrast with the water colours outside, while bronze details adds a touch of luxury. A peaceful ambiance airs throughout the yacht, making her the perfect place to relax and unwind in comfort with the family.

Accommodation includes an owner’s suite with private office located on the main deck, plus 3 guest staterooms on the lower deck. A gym offers guests the opportunity to work out whilst a dive shop and a submarine are available to explore the underwater world.

Project Adur spots a FDHF hull with Hull Vane® ’spoiler’ by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and she is powered by two diesel engines with two electric booster engines. This makes Project Adur faster than most yachts of her size with an impressive top speed of 26.5 knots, while cruising at 12 knots will give her an impressive transatlantic range of 3,800 nautical miles. The aim for efficient performance and reduced emissions allow her owners to also visit sensitive ecological destinations.

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Heesen Yachts - 8 super yachts under construction designed by Omega Architects

Currently under construction at Heesen Yachts are 8 superyachts designed by Omega Architects - with 2019 beginning with a splash when the 55m Vida (ex Project Antares & number 3 of this series) plunged into the water at the shipyard, ready for delivery later in the year while two more sister ships are under construction.

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Number 8 and 9 of the restyled and very successful 50m Satori series, a very appealing design and typically Heesen Yachts character of fast and safe luxury yachts are also under construction at Heesen Yachts. The more recent 50m Home (ex Project Nova) will also find her first sister ship on the waters in 2019, with two more after that, which includes a hybrid.

With 8 superyachts in 1 shipyard under the designs of Omega Architects, it is indeed a feat, which speaks volume for the firm.

Storm Yacht - 24m Compact Superyacht Class

In the category of compact superyachts, a 24m Storm Yacht carrying the exterior and interior designs by Omega Architects is expected to be completed and delivered to her owners in 2019.

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The Asian Connection

The Dutch design office services many clients around the globe, and they are in fact very accustomed to the Asian markets. In fact, they are currently working very closely with Asian clients - case in point with the Asian owner of a beautiful 62m customised from the OceanSport series which is currently under construction at CRN. Special features include the private owner’s deck hosting back-to-back double owner’s suite with dedicated terraces.

Yet another example is another Asian client requesting a refit by stretching a 39m to the full 47m long Lady Azul. Lady Azul was updated and stretched thoroughly: her traditional raked bow was reshaped into a contemporary near vertical bow adding 2.10m, while her stern gained 5.4m extra length which included the swim platform. Consequently, the overhangs and fashion plates had to also be redesigned proportionally.

All the extra space increased comfort, versatility and usability: with the main aft deck hosting a spacious dining area, adjacent to inviting lounge sofas plus sun bathing aft. Lower deck now offers a generous steam room and gym, next to a garage housing tenders and jet skis besides also having a dedicated storage room.

Omega Architects have a knack for customising to suit. They in fact have quite a few designs that take into account the dedicated requirements for this region with specific interiors and matching exterior designs. Taking another instance the 30m design for an Asian client which features signature clean and sporty lines, a nearly vertical bow with overall ‘smoothness’. The General Arrangement (GA) was studied keeping in mind the weather conditions the vessel will have to endure - sailing in the hot and humid Asian conditions. Therefore, the main deck aft housing the internal ‘closed’ dining area was converted into an “al fresco” dining area by way of sliding panels.

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This solution provides the best of both outdoor and indoor yachting experience. With open doors, air conditioning is preserved elsewhere by additional divisional doors in between the dining and lounge area. Sun deck access is also ‘separated’ via a ‘dog-house’. Thus the design simultaneously protects from the natural elements and provides open 360° panoramic views - achieved by low bulwarks, transparent fashion plates and large side windows on the main deck aft. The interior style is vernacular, based on local “arts and crafts” with carved wooden panelling covering the main doors and focal points.

The Asian ambiance evokes serenity through a combination of minimalist partitions, rich motifs and decors. The maximum speed of 25 knots and a range of 1,000 nautical miles at 14 knots makes this yacht a perfect yacht to discover the long sequences of islands from Malaysia to the archipelagos of Indonesia and Philippines.

“We would like to invite anyone in Asia to continue the research of combining Western and vernacular Eastern values in design. Let us designers from the West contribute to this research. At Omega Architects, we are patiently but eagerly waiting to be able to contribute.” said Frank Laupman.

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On The Drawing Board

… and the drawing board doesn’t stop. Omega Architects is currently on the get go developing several projects, bringing them to life from the drawing board - and of which, most are strictly confidential for now.

The only 4 hints we heard in brief under the superyacht category, the first - which is the most significant, in terms of size - is the 80m project developed for CRN shipyard which boasts a private and full owner’s deck with sky lounge and adjacent aft terrace. The other 3 is for Heesen Yachts, designing the exterior of the 60m Project Falcon, alongside a 45m full custom exterior and interior and another 45m semi-custom superyacht.

The versatile design studio is also developing a 60m luxury passenger vessel for CGN with a different category of guests, though with the usual high demands on comfort and safety while travelling. Such versatility in design does begs one to ask the question of where the ideas keep coming from since Frank started his own office almost twenty years ago.

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“Inspiration comes from many different sources. Ideas could come from either a brief with requirements from a client, or a new generation following and improving on previously designed series for a shipyard but maintaining the heritage, or a yacht that needs to fit the style of a residential project that a client already has. The possibilities for input are endless, really.

For instance, by visiting museums on different subjects and art directions such as contemporary art museums could spur on inspiration and ideas or even visiting the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, which inspiration came when observing what people could do with limited means. It is such a contrast to what we can do with our computers and softwares available today. When we study ancient religions, which had their variations from city to city in Egypt, every individual within the society was striving for their own meaning. This is also seen as inspiration.

And of course, it goes without saying that my team also inspires me, whether young or the elders with experience, it all contributes to what we are doing this very day.” - Frank Laupman, Omega Architects.

Heesen’s 55m speculation superyacht Project Castor sold!

Laura Nicholls wrote the following for Superyachttimes today.

The latest in Heesen's 55-metre FDHF steel class, Project Castor, has been sold to an experienced American superyacht owner after Rupert Connor from Luxury Yacht Group introduced the client and worked closely with Hessen and Thom Conboy from the shipyard’s US office. Having been built on speculation at Heesen, the Project Castor is due to be delivered during May 2020 after sea trials in the North Sea.

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Heesen Project Castor yacht exterior design Photo: Heesen Yachts

At 760GT, Project Castor is currently the most voluminous 55-metre superyacht from Heesen as part of their commercial strategy to construct yachts on spec in the 50-55 metre range. She is able to accommodate for up to 12 guests across six staterooms.

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Heesen Project Castor yacht exterior design Photo: Heesen Yachts

With a full beam sky lounge for guests to enjoy the bar, cinema area and connecting outdoor areas, the new superyacht has ample features to provide easy access to the ocean. With this in mind, other features include a large fixed swim platform, multifunctional beach club, gym and wellness facilities - all of which are decorated in neutral tones contrasted against accents of colour, smoked oak Chevron parquet flooring and Calacatta and Pietra grey marbles.

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Project Castor hull and superstructure joinedPhoto: Dick Holthuis / Heesen

Powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines, she will reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and will boast a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots. Her performance is enhanced by her FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull devised by naval architects Van Oossanen.

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Project Castor hull and superstructure joinedPhoto: Dick Holthuis / Heesen
Project Castor’s sister ship, Project Pollux, is in build and available for delivery during autumn 2020.

Heesen delivers 55m M/Y Vida

Saskia Henn wrote the following for Superyachttimes today.

The 55-metre motor yacht Vida by Heesen has embarked on her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean, where she met her new owners who have plans for their fleet of smaller sports fishing vessels to join her.

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Vida yachtPhoto: Heesen Yachts

Built on speculation under the name of project Antares and bought by her American owners in 2017, Vida features an exterior design by Omega Architects.

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Vida yachtPhoto: Heesen Yachts

The 740 GT vessel underwent rigorous sea trials in March, during which time she exceeded her contracted top speed, reaching 16.4 knots while maintaining proper noise and vibration level specifications. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 diesel engines, motor yacht Vida boasts a 4,500 nautical mile range at 13 knots and is the first yacht in Heesen’s fleet to comply with the latest emissions regulations. Vida will be debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019.

Heesen Yachts launches the 50m superyacht MASA!

Laura Nicholls wrote the following for Superyachttimes today:

Formerly known as Project Aster, the 50-metre yacht Masa hit the water last week at the Heesen shipyard. The eighth yacht from the 5000 Aluminium Class range will remain in the shipyard’s harbour basin for the final elements of construction. Masa - which means my diamond - will cruise to Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands for her maiden voyage and sea trials before being delivered to her owners in June 2019.

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Masa yacht launch in OssPhoto: Dick Holthuis

Her pelican-beak bow with sheer aft and sporty mast are the work of exterior designer Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

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Masa yacht launch in Oss Photo: Dick Holthuis

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Masa yacht launch in Oss Photo: Dick Holthuis

Up to 12 guests and nine crew are accommodated for onboard and can enjoy three lounges, three dining rooms, a bar and a top-deck open-air jacuzzi. Masa will be able to reach a top speed of 23 knots thanks to her twin MTU 16V 4000 diesel engines.

Picture of 50m superyacht Rocket in Dubai

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Superyacht Rocket in full splendour, currently on display at the Dubai Internationational Boat Show.

The yacht was launched in 2011, featuring the exterior design by Omega Architects.
She cruises at 12.5 kn and reaches a maximum speed of 23.0 kn.
Up to 12 guests are comfortably accommodated in luxury and pampered by a crew of 10.

Photo credit: Merijn de Waard/SuperYachtTimes

YN 18950 Project Aquamarine, The first yacht in the newly designed 5000 Aluminium Class

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Heesen Yachts deed vandaag de volgende aankondiging:

Met grote vreugde presenteren wij het eerste jacht in de nieuw ontworpen 5000 Aluminium Klasse: Project Aquamarine. Dit snelle, geheel in aluminium gebouwde mtorjacht heeft een gloednieuwe romp, ontworpen door Heesen’s geweldige in-house naval architects, die nauw samenwerkten met de beroemde hydrodynamica specialisten Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Van Oossanen berekende de fluid dynamics (CFD) tests en optimaliseerde de rompvorm, voordat het 1:16 schaalmodel werd getest in de sleeptank in Southampton, Groot-Brittannië.

De optimalisatie van het rompontwerp leidde tot een 12% betere efficiëntie Dit belangrijke resultaat werd bereikt door de achterklep te verhogen en slanker van vorm, met daaraan toegevoegde buizen in de romp voor de schroeven. Dit ebtekent dat de 5000 Aluminium Klasse verhoogde schroeven heeft, die de diepgang verminderen naar slechts 2.15 meters. Zo'n beperkte diepgang maakt Aquamarine het perfecte jacht voor vaartochten in de Bahamas en de kristalheldere wateren van de Middellandse Zee. De interceptors garanderen de optimale planeerpositie op hogere snelheden.

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Dankzij het optimale rompontwerp was het mogelijk de MTU’s new 16V4000M65L 'groene' motoren toe te passen, die speciaal zijn ontwikkeld voor gebruik met een SCR unit (Selective Catalytic Reduction) om NOx uitstoot te verminderen. Als resultaat daarvan is Aquamarine het eerste snelle jacht onder 500GT die voldoet aan de IMO Tier III criteria. In lijn met Heesen’s bredere filosofie, heeft de nieuww 5000 Aluminium Class een kleinere CO2 footprint zonder af te doen aan snelheid of prestaties, en de installatie van soot filters op de generatoren maken het pakket compleet.

Een strak en eigentijds profiel door Omega Architects vormt de perfecte omhulling voor dit technologisch vooruitstrevende meesterwerk. “Het ontwerp dat we creëerden voor de nieuwe 5000 Aluminium Klasse combineert onze eigen heritage met die van Heesen als bouwer van elegante en sportieve aluminium motorjachten,” aldus Frank Laupman van Omega Architects. “De ‘geïntegreerde romp en opbouw’, die voor het eerst te zien was bij de iconische 65m Galactica Star, geeft een sterk karakter aan het profiel.”

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Het verhoogde achterdek – gecompleteerd door zonnebedden – biedt ruimte aan een volledige stahoogte multi-functionele tender garage die ook dienst doet als luxe beach club in verbinding met het vlak doorlopende zwemplatform, waardoor gasten dichtbij het water kunnen komen. Om de strakke belijning van het profiel te behouden, is de rescue tender opgeborgen onder een deksel vóór het stuurhuis.

[...] Twaalf gasten verblijven in vier ruime gast suites benedendeks en de eigenaars suite vooraan op het hoofddek.

YN 18950 Aquamarine is op dit moement in aanbouw op de Heesen Yachts werf in Oss en is beschikbaar voor aflevering in januari 2021.

'Rocket 'largest yacht at Dubai Yacht Show

Proud to see 50m superyacht 'Rocket' as the largest yacht on display at the Dubai International Boat Show.
She carries a typical sporty and elegant exterior design by Omega Architects and was built by Heesen Yachts.

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55m 'Project VIda' ready for sea trails

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On Friday 15th, Heesen Yachts shared the following news:

Vida is the third in the successful 55m FDHF Steel class, which features muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The profile is clean thanks to the absence of fashion plates and the design is characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interiors.

The Owner, an experienced American yachtsman, worked closely with the shipyard’s technical team to customize his yacht. In fact, Vida has some special features to carry out her role as mothership to the owner’s sport fishing fleet, such as the ability to re-fuel and re-charge two sport fishing boats, allowing for several days out at sea without needing to return to base. [...]

Twelve guests are accommodated in five suites located on the lower deck and a magnificent 80-square-meter owner’s stateroom set forward on the main deck. [...]

At 55m and 740GT, Vida offers a maximum speed of 16 knots and frugal fuel consumption that gives a remarkable range of 4,500nm at 13 knots, thanks to the progressive hull design devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects. Combining magnificent comfort with optimised efficiency throughout the speed spectrum, Heesen’s 55m FDHF steel class sets a new standard in superyacht performance.

Vida will undergo rigorous sea trials in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners in Spring 2019. She will make her official debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September after spending the summer cruising in the Mediterranean.

Video on 55m 'Vida'

Watch the video to get a sneak peek behind the scenes of Vida's launch.

Heesen’s 55m superyacht Azamanta in Capri

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Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes on January 9th:

Azamanta was built in 2015 as Heesen Yachts’ first unit in its new 55-metre Steel line of motor yachts.
She was joined in 2017 by sister ship Laurentia who shares a similar exterior design, apart from the copper-gold hull colour which sets Azamanta apart from any other yacht. Designed by Omega Architects [...].

Though she spends most of her time in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, her ice-reinforced steel hull makes it possible for Azamanta to confidently take on more adventurous passages around the world. Heesen is currently building a third addition to its 55-metre Steel fleet, named project Antares, which is expected to be delivered later this year.

Photo: courtesy of SuperYachtTimes.

Heesen launches 55m Project Antares

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Heesen Yachts started the year in good cheer by launching 55m Project Antares on 4 January, boasting an exterior design by Omega Architects, which she shares with two sisterships: Laurentia and Azamanta.
Eye-catching extra large windows forward on port side allow natural light to flood in the spacious master stateroom.

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Antares offers comfort, safety and speed. She also features a FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull by Van Oossanen.
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She was sold to an experienced American superyacht owner in early 2017 and will be delivered later this year.

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Photo credit: Heesen Yachts / Dick Holthuis.

Second 32m ALIA 'Project Nozomi' under construction

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At Omega Architects we are proud and humbled to share the news that ALIA Yachts has the second 32m 'Project Nozomi' under construction at their shipyard in Antalya. Nozomi II carries our exterior design, with strong horizontal and vertical lines emphasizing her length and sturdy character.

“Our signature style with sleek, flowing lines can be recognised in the yacht’s softly angled overhangs aft and forward, providing elegance as well as functionality,” says Frank Laupman, founder of our design studio.

The large sun deck is most versatile, offering space for dining, lounging and sunbathing plus navigation from the flybridge with dedicated seating area for front row cruising.

Project Nozomi II hosts ten guests, of which eight in four spacious staterooms on lower deck. Including the master suite on forward main deck, with seating area on foredeck. The scooped bulwark forward offers see through views to the sides from the master suite.

This is the perfect family yacht to entertain multiple generations with different lifestyles simultaneously.

Design credit: Omega Architects.
Photo credit: ALIA Yachts.

Construction of project Adur has begun with the keel laying ceremony

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It’s an early Christmas with a wooden crib carrying the keel of Project Adur /YN 252 on Friday December 14th.
The official start of the yacht’s construction was marked that day by the keel laying ceremony, celebrated and blessed with a traditional touch of personally selected coins for good luck.

Gathered around the crib were the Owners, accompanied by their representative Peter Hürzeler of Ocean Independence, Klaas and Albert Hakvoort of Hakvoort Shipyard, Frank Laupman on behalf of Omega Architects and Gerko Schippers on behalf of Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Plus the welding experts of Alubouw Fryslan, Hakvoort’s subcontractor for building hull and superstructure.

Together with a highly involved owner, Omega Architects designed both the sleek and innovative exterior and welcoming bright interior of this stunning 45,2m family superyacht, which is to be delivered in Spring 2021.

Among the special features are a flush stern, the innovative Fast Displacement Hull with Hull Vane®, aft and forward tender garage with submarine storage, scooped bulwarks for views to the surroundings and hybrid propulsion for dolphin friendly silent mode.

Performance and sea keeping qualities are guaranteed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
Project Adur offers eight guests luxurious comfort, at a max speed of 26,5 knots and with a range of 3.800 NM at 12 knots.

Photo: Courtesy of Alubouw Fryslan/Hommema fotografie.

The 50m Heesen superyacht Septimus leaving Fort Lauderdale

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Always a pleasure to our designs do precisely what they were meant for: taking their guests away on a trip and cruise the waters.

Here we see 50m Superyacht Septimus leaving Port Everglades in Ft Lauderdale on December 14th. Originally named Satori, she was built at the Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts in 2011 for an experienced yacht owner. After she found a new owner in 2014, she changed her name and is now cruising under Septimus.

Septimus is a member of the successful 50m series built in full-aluminium, carrying a Omega Architects design she shares with many sister ships among which are Rocket, Hayken and Ventura.
Project Aster, being the latest leaf on the branch, was sold recently and is currently under construction, getting ready for delivery Summer 2019.

Photo credit: Rob Starling.

50m superyacht Project Aster sold!

Laura Nicholls wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes today:

While still under construction, Heesen’s 50-metre Project Aster has been sold to experienced owners who were introduced by Arcon Yachts. Her new owners are expecting delivery in June 2019 after she completed her sea trials in the North Sea.

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Project Aster started on speculation and the joining of her hull and superstructure was completed in February 2018. Project Aster's exterior design is by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects [...] and Heesen’s in-house interior team to incorporate key design elements from her sistership, Septimus (ex: Satori).

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On board, she will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests across six cabins, including five lower deck suites and a spacious master’s cabin with an ensuite bathroom on the main deck. Her versatile layout also includes three lounges, three dining rooms, a bar and an open-air jacuzzi on her top deck.

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Powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 engines will be able to deliver a top speed of up to 23 knots. In true blue-water motor yacht style, Project Aster has a transatlantic range of 3,100 nm whilst cruising at 11 knots.

Photo credit: Simon Trel.

Heesen celebrate success as Project Aster is sold

Catriona Cherrie wrote the following for Superyachts.com today:

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Project Aster, currently seven months away from delivery, has been sold in collaboration between Heesen Yachts and Arcon Yachts, which introduced the client. The short delivery time, the impressive top speed of 23 knots and the renowned Dutch quality is said to have been what attracted Project Aster’s new owners, who are said to be fine yacht connoisseurs.
Project Aster is the latest yacht in the successful 5000 aluminium class whose exterior lines are designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. At 50 metres below 500GT, Aster perfectly combines space and performance. Her semi-displacement hull, built in-house by Heesen, coupled with two MTU diesel engines 16V 4000, will deliver a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Aster fully embodies the experience gained from building her six sister ships, which was realised by interior designer Cristiano Giatto who included some of the most defining design elements of her sister ships. These include: The silver ceiling from Satori – the first in this class; brushed spruce recalls Bannenberg & Rowell designs; stainless steel inserts in the cabinetry recall Omega’s signature design details.

A broad variety of materials and finishes characterise Project Aster’s interior design, complementing her quiet and serene ambience. Although the design shies away from over- embellishment, the richness and the variety of luxurious details are easy to see. In this elegant design, Cristiano has found perfection in simplicity.

The versatile layout comprises five lower deck suites and a master stateroom on the main deck forward, with the capacity for twelve guests serviced by nine crew, making her perfect both as a private yacht for families and as a charter ship for large groups.

Project Aster will be delivered to her new owners in June 2019 after rigorous sea trials in the North Sea.

Photo credit: Simon Trel.

Finalist for Design & Innovation Awards 2019: Virgen Del Mar VI

We feel honoured and humbled to see Virgen Del Mar VI chosen as Finalist for the prestigious Boat International Design and Innovation Awards. This 32m exterior design by Omega Architects has been chosen in the category Best Exterior Styling of Motor Yachts Below 39m.

We congratulate ALIA Yachts shipyard and last but not least the owner plus captain.
We keep our fingers crossed.

The awards ceremony will take place in Cortina d'Ampezzo/Italy on January 28th 2019.

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Photo credit: Jeff Brown/ Breed Media for ALIA Yachts

Project Electra hull and superstructure now joined together

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On November 15th, Heesen Yachts shared the following news on the website:

We are proud to announce that on Saturday 10 November 2018, the hull and superstructure of YN 19150 Project Electra were joined together at the facility in Oss.

Electra is the second in the 50 metre 5000 class, which features an FDHF hull and hybrid propulsion.

Based on the success of her award-winning predecessor – YN 17850 Home – Project Electra marries performance and efficiency by using the Fast Displacement Hull Form with Heesen’s innovative hybrid solution, which combines diesel and electric propulsion.

It is indicative of a core strength of Heesen, which offers progressive solutions and smart technologies to the market in new products while being able to draw on its financial strength to bring those products to market as spec builds. It is a ‘hybrid’ business methodology that offers the possibility of reduced build times and economic savings for clients while delivering cutting edge systems and full-custom options.

Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system is quieter and more fuel efficient. In addition, it offers cost-reducing benefits and flexible power management, as the yacht can be operated in four different cruising modes:

- Hybrid mode: up to 9 knots at noise levels of just 46dB, equivalent to soft rain! Two water-cooled DC electric shaft motors of 127kW each quietly power the yacht. The benefits are silent cruising and higher manoeuvrability in close quarters.
- Economic Mode: 9-12 knots with main engines on and generators off. Ideal for longer passages, the economic mode comes with few interesting perks – frugal fuel consumption (at 12 knots the yacht burns just 98 litres per hour) and extended generator service life.
- Cruising Mode: 12-15 knots. This is the traditional mode, where the diesel engines drive the yacht’s propellers and the generators provide the hotel load.
Boost Mode: to achieve the max speed 16.3 knots, the generator-powered shaft motors are brought into service alongside the main engines to give an extra kick of power.

Electra’s technological heart is wrapped in a contemporary design package that comes in just below the 500GT threshold. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created a bold exterior design where aesthetics meet functionality. The vertical bow with spray rails is not only on-trend, it also serves a practical purpose by providing progressive buoyancy when carving through waves. The bow shape also means the crew accommodation can be set further forward.

Twelve guests are accommodated in five lower deck suites and a master stateroom located on the main deck forward. The interior design is by Cristiano Gatto, whose décor integrates organic shapes and emphasizes the indoor-outdoor connection with deep and low furniture, allowing the guests to fully enjoy the panoramic vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Project Electra is available for delivery in April 2020.