ON BOARD - 50m Hessen Electra

ON BOARD - Boat International - Issue April 2020
Edited by Caroline White

Boat International published the following article about the head-turning 50m Project Electra, an Omega design in collaboration with Heesen.


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Photo by Jeff Brown

Feel the freedom in this sealevel beachclub which opens in two directions. Feed you imagination on a lazy afternoon aboard “Samurai”

Built by Alia yachts in 2016, the 60 metre flagship superyacht made her debut in public three years after launch at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019.
Shown in the picture, is the luxurious and spacious beach club and gym with fold-down transom door and side platform on of the lower deck, alongside a tender garage with room for two custom tenders of up to 7 metres.

Samurai’s visual impact is matched by her performance. The low-rise exterior profile features bold vertical windows, an elegantly arched superstructure and long aft overhangs togive it a sporty, powerful appeal. Powered by twin MTU 16V4000 M73L engines (2,880kW each), her patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) by Van Oossanen provides a top speed of 21 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,250nm at economical speed.

VIDA in the Caribbean


The 55 metre motor yacht VIDA, was spotted in the Caribbean earlier last week. Built in steel by Heesen,Vida is the third in the successful 55m Steel class series and was delivered to an experienced American yachtsman last year.

Featuring muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman. 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.

At 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.


Spotted in Gibraltar last week and built under the shipyard number CRN 132 is the luxurious 73-metre displacement vessel, M/Y "YALLA".

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Her main characteristics include sleek, slender and sporty exterior lines designed by our studio in close collaboration with the CRN Engineering Department.

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She was the first vessel to be built by CRN on their naval platform of 12.50 metres in width.

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All photos by Superyachts_Gibraltar

Frank Laupman and Omega

LODKA MAGAZINE published the following article about Frank Laupman and Omega Architects.



Article by Jill Bobrow featured in
Yachts International, about Frank Laupman.

Spring Edition, 2020


The World Superyacht Awards 2020 nominees

We are pleased to announce our two nominations for this year.

is the M/Y MASA


• Length: 50m
• Builder: Heesen Yachts
• Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts
• Exterior Designer: Omega Architects
• Interior Designer: Cristiano Gatto Design

with the M/Y VIDA

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Photo by Jeff Brown

• Length: 55m
• Builder: Heesen Yachts
• Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts/Van Oossanen Naval Architects
• Exterior Designer: Omega Architects
• Interior Designer: Be Design

Special thanks to Boat International

Sale of our second hybrid yacht


Heesen is delighted to announce the sale of YN 19150 Project Electra, the second hybrid yacht in the 5000 aluminium class.
At 50 metre below 500GT and with a shallow draft, Project Electra is the ideal yacht for cruising anywhere in style, comfort and virtual silence!
Heesen’s hybrid propulsion system, which combines diesel and electric propulsion, offers not only greater flexibility in power management and improved performance but also the rare pleasure of cruising in near perfect silence with zero vibrations. Furthermore, Electra delivers unparalleled fuel efficiency thanks to her ultra-slippery FDHF hull. Devised by Dutch hydrodynamicists van Oossanen Naval Architects the advanced hull has been seamlessly crafted by Heesen’s in-house welding team.
Ingenious naval architecture combined with clever engineering and meticulous attention to weight reduction make Project Electra one of the most efficient yachts in her class. In fact, her foresister Home received several international accolades recognising the innovative eco-friendliness of Heesen’s hybrid solution, including the Rina Green award presented by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco.
Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system is quieter and more fuel-efficient. In addition, it offers the benefit of significant cost-reductions and flexible power management, due to its 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.
Dutch designer Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created a highly contemporary exterior. Electra’s radical profile with a nearly vertical bow perfectly blends aesthetics with 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 distinctive 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 on the main deck forward. The interior design by Cristiano Gatto integrates organic shapes that emphasise the indoor-outdoor connection by way of deep and low furniture. Guests are invited to fully enjoy the many panoramic vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Electra’s new Owners appointed prestigious Monegasque boutique Sabrina Monte-Carlo to assist with the decoration and detailing of their yacht. A contemporary style and light colour palette has been specified for the selection of luxurious, designer loose furniture and top tier fabrics, alongside the finest linen and ‘art de la table’.
YN 19150 Project Electra is due for delivery at the end of April following intensive sea trials in the North Sea.

Photo: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

The most extraordinary superyachts

Article by UPSCALE LIVING MAGAZINE featured in the March s 2020 issue,
about our first Hybric Project with Heesen Yachts

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Heesen's 50m superyacht Home in Paradise Island

SuperYacht Times published the following article about the Heesen 50-metre HOME

Wrote by Charl van Rooy

Built under the project name of Nova and launched in 2017, Heesen Yachts' 50-metre superyacht Home is the design work of regular Heesen collaborator Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, with naval architecture undertaken by Van Oossanen. Her interior design is the product of Italian stylist Cristiano Gatto, who has created a sleek and contemporary home away from home, engaging with a strict colour scheme of white, grey, silver and burgundy for a sophisticated finish. Comfortably accommodating up to 12 guests across six spacious cabins, Home offers guests plenty of relaxation areas onboard, including two salons, a gym and hammam, as well as al fresco dining areas and a circular spa pool. Seen here moored in Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Her sistership, Electra, is currently being completed in the Netherlands where she is for sale.


Photo by Tom Van Oossanen


Charl van Rooy wrote the following for Superyachttimes yesterday ;

Seen here in her homeport in Cannes on the French Riviera is the Mulder 94 motor yacht Firefly. Launched in 2015 as part of Mulder Shipyard's Voyager line of long-distance motor yachts, Firefly was designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects who drew an exterior shape that resembles a modern classic trawler-style yacht. Her high freeboard and extended foredeck suggest she is capable of crossing heavy seas in comfort. The modern beach house-styled interior is the work of Vickers Studio who decorated the guest areas in an ocean theme as requested by Firefly’s original owner. Underway, she can cover 3,600 nm while travelling at 8 knots and is capable of reaching a top speed of 18 knots under full power.


Photo: Charl Van Rooy / Superyacht Times

Meet Electra, Heesen second hybrid yacht

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Heesen has launched their second hybrid yacht in the 5000 aluminum FDHF class: Electra. A yacht with a distinctive exterior and a progressive and über-efficient shallow-draft hull. The proven and versatile hybrid propulsion package combines a conventional diesel propulsion with and efficient diesel-electric propulsion.

Electra’s high-tech heart is wrapped in a contemporary design package that comes in just below the 500GT threshold. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned her distinctive profile. A near-vertical bow, long waterline and extensive use of glass characterize her exterior lines. The layout offers plenty of outdoor living areas. From the spacious sundeck with Jacuzzi, to the relaxation area in front of the wheelhouse, outdoor dining on the bridge deck aft, the lounging area on the main deck aft, and a fixed swim platform, every centimeter is conceived to help guests enjoy life at sea.


More Quiet and fuel-efficient

Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system chosen by Heesen is quieter and more fuel-efficient. It offers cost-saving benefits and flexible power management as the yacht operates 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 maneuverability in close quarters.
• Economic Mode: Speeds of 9-12 knots with main engines on and generators off. Ideal for longer passages, this mode comes with several interesting perks – frugal fuel consumption (at 12 knots the yacht burns only 98 liters per hour) and extended generator life.
• Cruising Mode: Speeds of 12-15 knots. This is the traditional mode, where the diesel engines drive the yacht’s propellers and the generators supply the hotel electrical demand.
• Boost Mode: For top speed of 16.3 knots. Generator-powered shaft motors are brought into service alongside the main engines giving an extra kick of power to the gearbox.


After completing the commissioning of her systems, Project Electra will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea and is due for delivery in April 2020.

CGN article - Transport vessels Navie xpress

CGN published the following article about Navie xpress, a new Omega design.

New public transport vessels: CGN is expanding its services and reducing its emissions

Early January Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman SA (CGN) announced the award of the construction contract for two new hybrid technology boats for public transport on Lake Geneva, with a capacity of 700 people each. They will be built by the Swiss company Shiptec and designed by the offices of Omega Architects and Van Oossanen (NL). With these units which will enter service in 2022 and 2023, this is a new offer, dubbed Navie xpress, which will be implemented with increased rates, increased capacities, and improved comfort. The consumption of new boats will be reduced by more than 40% compared to current boats, and the attractiveness of the new services will encourage the transfer of the car to public transport for travel between the shores of the lake. Once the two units are in service, a boat trip between France and Switzerland will generate 30 times less CO2 than by private car.

The two new boats are equipped with solar panels on the roof, for additional electrical supply. The possibility of subsequent re-engineering with even more environmentally friendly technology is ensured. Thanks in particular to an aluminum hull with a particularly elaborate profile, innovative propellers and the use of very light composite materials, these two new units are at the forefront of what the naval industry produces today, while offering the reliability and simplicity of operation essential to units called upon to sail with maximum punctuality 18 hours a day for 11 months out of 12.

60m Passenger Ferry

  • Hull type: Mono-hull Fast Displacement + Hull vane
  • Hull material/ super structure: Aluminum
  • Design year: 2020/2021
  • Capacity: 700 passengers (600 seats)
  • Crew members: 4
  • Number of bridges: 3
  • Main bridge: 2 class; Lounge & bar – silence area
  • Upper bridge: 2 class – 1 class – silence area
  • Sun deck: 1 class
  • Passenger elevator: yes
  • Wheelchair infrastructure: yes
  • Infrastructure for people with reduced mobility: yes
  • Access to all bridges for people with disabilities: yes
  • Boarding time reduced to 3 minutes
  • Digital and modern screens
  • 4 outdoor terraces
  • Propulsion hybrid parallel system with low consumption and technological compatibility upward
  • Low sound level

Find the full press release here

Simply Abu Dhabi 35 article - Amore Mio

Simply Abu Dhabi 35 article published the following article about M/Y 45 mAmore Mio, a Omega Design design.

Earlier this year, I found myself lucky enough to be anchored near the north-east of the main island of Malta on board motor yacht Amore Mio. Uninhabited since World War II, St Paul’s Island loomed overhead, laden with history and yet beautifully desolate. One solitary coastal watch tower sat above us on the cliff’s edge, the last bastion of a fortified bygone era. The entire coastline of Malta is peppered with these lookout posts built by the Knights of Malta during the 17th century. Manned nightly, they were used to watch the seaward approaches, and to raise the alarm with a fire signal in the event of an imminent threat.
The Maltese archipelago consists of three main islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino. The dramatic coastline makes for spectacular cruising, particularly when aboard a high-performance yacht such as 45m Amore Mio. She is the biggest and most powerful sports-yacht ever built in the Netherlands and is a glorious example of a custom superyacht; a true leader in her class. Built by Dutch shipyard Heesen in 2016, she is designed for outdoors living, with a vast 90sqm sundeck, and a rapid top speed of 30 knots. With angular exterior lines by Omega Architects and interiors designed by Cristiano Gatto, Amore Mio combines power with comfort in a fusion of sophisticated elegance and contemporary style. Her facilities include a cinema, pool, BBQ and infinity terrace, in addition to a 12 metre-squared swimming platform and the largest collection of watertoys on board any yacht.

Since taking delivery, her owner has spent most of his time on board using her as his Maltese summer home at sea, as was intended. She is based year-round at Manoel Island Marina, which is centrally located in Gzira, and where we first step aboard the yacht. The newly launched port Marina di Valetta is the latest addition to the historic island of Malta. Located on the edge of the Baroque fortress city of Valletta and neighbouring Amore Mio’s home port it provides the perfect base from which to explore myriad treasured coves and crystal-clear bays. Accommodating up to 27m yachts within its 250 berths, it also hosts alongside transit berthing for yachts of up to 50m and provides direct access to Valletta’s cobbled streets – the first grid system of its kind.
It’s an early morning in June, and the sun is rising over the historic city. The majestic dome of St John’s Co-Cathedral pierces the dramatic skyline. Baroque in character, but defined by elements of mannerist, neoclassical and modern architecture, Valletta is a brilliant feat of engineering, and a lasting legacy of the Knights of St John. Sitting up top at Amore Mio’s open helm, views of churches, spires, and imposing buildings stretch as far as the eye can see, as Captain Tripp Hock eases us out of the marina, and we glide serenely by.
The Maltese have a strong maritime heritage, but Malta itself doesn’t form part of the Mediterranean yachting milk run. Offering something vastly different from the likes of St Tropez, Capri or Croatia, the rocky islands provide hidden bays, secluded anchorages and alternative diving. Dwejra Bay is Captain Tripp’s preferred spot, and it’s clear to see why. Located off Gozo just behind Fungus Rock (so-called for a rare type of medicinal plant that naturally grows there) this dramatic coastal formation provides a protected bay for bathers and yachts alike (even up to 80m), with an impressive backdrop of waves spilling over rocks.
“It’s a tiny narrow entrance that is deep enough for us to cruise into, but as soon as you enter you have a feeling that you’re in an inland lagoon because there are high walls and cliffs surrounding you in the anchorage,” explains Captain Tripp. “It’s very unusual, and very otherworldly. And it’s definitely one of the best spots in Malta to experience by yacht.

Near to Dwejra Bay is one of Gozo’s top dive sites, the Blue Hole. Naturally carved over time by the attrition of water and wind, spectacular limestone rock formations allow divers to swim through arches, explore sea caves, and delve into the island’s wartime history via an array of military shipwrecks.
Fishermen have always used the inland sea as a mooring point for their boats and fishing huts, so to access the private sandy beaches found on the north side of Gozo it’s best to run a tender to shore. In the summer months, when the sea temperature averages around 24 degrees Celsius, combining a Maltese charter with three days on the Sicilian coastline (just 60NM away) makes for an unsurpassed experience, says Captain Tripp.
“The British empire leaving Malta in 1979 is the full stop to an incredibly long and chequered history of the island, but it’s the limestone coastline being worn away by the sea for millennia and highly dramatic cliff faces that are found on the south-southwest of the island that make for really spectacular cruising. When paired with two/three days in Sicily or the Aeolian Islands, which are also in shooting reach and take in the volcanic island of Stromboli and Taormina, the city on the hill, it makes for an even richer and hugely alternative charter.”


Construction continues on custom 62m CRN 138 explorer

Laura Nicholls wrote the following for Superyachttimes today:

Having had her metal hull and superstructure completed to the designs of Dutch design studio Omega Architects, interior outfitting of the 62-metre yacht CRN 138 has been underway at the CRN shipyard in Ancona since July.


The CRN team has begun 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.


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

Alia Yachts 60m Samurai


Navis Yachts published the following article:

Alia’s Samurai superyacht was initially launched in Antalya, Turkey, in 2016 and was the largest ever launched by the yard. Her beautiful, smooth styling was the result of a collaboration between Dutch companies Omega Architects and Van Oossanen and Associates.
Her luxury, modern interior, was styled by Redman Whitely Dixon (RWD), a British superyacht design team. Samurai was designed to utilize clean, horizontal lines while providing ultra-luxurious amenities, and to create a stylish and fresh ambiance. Sporting an eye-catching profile, the sleek luxury design grabs the attention with it’s run of vertical windows along the exterior and upper deck arches.
Omega’s yacht architects introduced their own specific language in describing the impressive 60m superyacht. Frank Laupman is the founder of the Omega company and describes Samurai as “a design featuring strong horizontal lines, and at the same time, she features an organic evolution of the wheelhouse deck superstructure into the aft overhang of the main deck. Important ingredients for her overall appearance. The yacht has a strong ‘large yacht’ identity, and generally, we tried to combine the clear statement of this new 60m exterior lines with the attention to detail on all levels.” He was on point; Samurai has a bold and stylish exterior that turns heads.


The superstructure of the yacht was created with a purpose, fully sleek low rise profile featuring a host of vertical windows along the length. In terms of performance, Samurai can reach speeds of up to 21 knots, provided by the twin MTU 16V4000 M73L diesel engines, and features a Fast-Displacement Hull Form, which was pioneered by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
It is quoted as being a ‘revolutionary, patented hull form, achieving unprecedented efficiency.” This efficient hull design yielded favorable results during tank tests in Southampton. She has a maximum range of 4250 nautical miles and the steel and aluminum superstructure features at anchor stabilizers to provide the best possible stability and comfort when at zero speed.
Although first unveiled in 2016, Samurai has had little in the way of publicity, but that all changed recently. The superyacht was showcased to the yachting community at the September’s Monaco Yacht Show, where her top European design was displayed to enthusiastic audiences, and Alia’s superyacht building talents were demonstrated. According to Gökhan Çelik, Alia’s president, who states, “In terms of the overall design and construction quality, Samurai demonstrates what we’re capable of, and I’m delighted we finally have this opportunity to show her off to the yachting world.”
The well-planned and versatile accommodation on Samurai features the best in luxury living with a bright, spacious tri-deck design. The layout has been crafted to maximize space inside the sleek exterior while retaining functionality and versatility, and much of Samurai’s 1050 GT volume is hidden in the hull space due to the minimalistic superstructure.

Photos: Jeff Brown | Words: Emma Hersh

Heesen's 60m Project Falcon takes shape for 2021 delivery

Laura Nicholls wrote the following for Superyachttimes today:

The largest displacement yacht from Heesen to date, the 60-metre project Falcon, is taking shape as the hull and superstructure were joined at the Dutch shipyard. Due to be delivered in 2021, the new 1,060 GT superyacht features exterior lines of Frank Laupman of Omega Architects who worked closely with the owners to create a design focused on lighting and includes a large number of underwater lights.


Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design was appointed as interior designers and have worked to create fluidity between the interior and exterior layout which is set to accommodate up to 16 guests. Heesen has 12 yachts currently under construction with deliveries that span through until 2023.


Under Construction

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The 62-metre CRN M/Y 138 currently being build in the CRN shipyard.

59m Heesen Project SkyFall sold

Georgia Tindale wrote the following for Superyachttimes:

Dutch yard Heesen has kicked off this year's Monaco Yacht Show by announcing the sale of Project SkyFall, a 59-metre all-aluminium FDHF superyacht (hull number YN 19959) which is set for delivery in spring 2023.


With Omega Architects appointed by the owner to design the custom vessel's striking profile, her exterior design features a fishing cockpit at the stern for her owner, who is a keen angler. In addition, her aggressive paint scheme is designed to further the impression of both speed and power given off by the superyacht.

On board, she will accommodate up to 10 guests across four lower-deck guest suites and the bridge deck aft was chosen by the owner as the location for his accommodation. A large aft-facing suite opens on the private terrace which is equipped with a whirlpool and seating area for relaxation.

Moving to the main deck, this features a conversation area and alfresco dining space on the aft terrace with large sliding doors joining together the outdoors with the indoor seating area and bar, located amidships. Further forward, a dining table for 12 can be found, as well as a media room with cinema and games room forward of the deck. Tenders and a variety of water toys are located on the foredeck, allowing the lazarette to serve as a beach club with a wellness area.

Project SkyFall boasts an impressive 22,000 horsepower which will feed four water jets and enable her to reach a top speed of 37 knots in light load conditions, as Heesen's most powerful project to date.

MYS 19: A Design Evolution with Omega Architects

During the Monaco Yacht Show last week, Frank Laupman was interviewed by Superyachts.com.

The video can be seen here.

"The next generation. The sons and daughters of their current owners who are very well aware of the need of sustainable products".

Joined at the Breaking News Centre by Frank Laupman, CEO of Omega Architects, we discussed the defining projects at the monumental design firm, responsible for some of the most iconic ocean spectacles on the water...

Having worked on some incredible projects this year, including M/Y Erica and Project Boreas, Omega Architects has lots to boast about. M/Y Erica example of this "she is a custom design" explains Frank Laupman "but she is quite different". Expanding on the brief from the client, the CEO shares the curation behind the vessel.
"The client came in and wanted alot of sunlight so we provided this for him" continued Frank. "We made falling windows with a slight down to allow air to get into the skylounge [...] we made a super big sundeck, all covered with sliding deck panels because he's a real yachtsman and wants to run with his captain"

Omega Architects long standing collaborative partners with shipbuilding giant Heesen, are responsible for some of the most architectural classics on the water. We asked why the partnership makes sense to Frank. Mr Laupman explains;"They want to be sure there's the same details and they can maintain their build quality [...] i've worked at Heesen, i know their way of working" .

We then went on to discuss yachts in the mid-size range and the answer was matter of fact; "people want to have more height in their cabins and their saloons...people are getting taller!"

Over the next year there is still so much to be excited about. Heesen just released two models alongside Omega Architects. While they may be staying quiet on the details, the brief is clear; a next generation audience raring for discovery. "People want to use their boat" explains Frank. Who are the people? "The next generation. The sons and daughters of their current owners who are very well aware of the need of sustainable products".

A real trend at the BNC this year is a welcoming approach to the new generation. Builders, brokers and now shipyards embracing a new demographic breathing new life into the industry. We look forward to seeing how this develops.

Project Akira - 5700 Aluminium

Meet Project Akira, build by Heesen Yachts.
With exteriors by Omega Architects and interiors by Harrison Eidsgaard, she boats a rapid top speed of 22 knots and volume of 780 GT.

Poised for action, Akira’s beauty lies in her elegant and contemporary design combined with an animalistic fierceness. The overall visual effect is that of a leaping animal, with the brow of the wheelhouse creating an aesthetic “reminiscent of a shark’s head”.

Project SkyFall sold and Project Akira unveiling

At the annual Heesen press conference, our exterior design for Project Akira was unveiled, a yacht designed with a holistic approach in mind.

The big news was announced that the Skyfall project, exterior design by Omega Architects, has been sold, an FDHF full-length aluminum of 59 m, fully customized. Project SkyFall thunder comes from 22,000 hp. She is the most powerful Heesen yacht to date.