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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 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
- Capacity: 700 passengers (600 seats)
- Main bridge: 2 class; Lounge & bar – silence area
- Upper bridge: 2 class – 1 class – silence area
- 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
- Propulsion hybrid parallel system with low consumption and technological compatibility upward
Find the full press release here
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.”
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.
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
This year we are again present at the annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The show takes place from October 30 - November 3.
The following Omega designs will be on display:
55.0m Vida, build in 2019
46.7m Book Ends
36.9m Man Of Steel
The 62-metre CRN M/Y 138 currently being build in the CRN shipyard.
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.
Tijdens de Monaco Yacht Show afgelopen week, werd Frank Laupman geinterviewd door Superyachts.com.
De video is hier te zien
"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.
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.
We zijn blij om mee te kunnen delen dat we zijn genomineerd met "Erica" in de categorie 30m - 50m en met "Vida" in de categorie 50m - 82m.
De World Yacht Trophies vinden plaats tijdens het Cannes Yachting festival, op zaterdag 14 september
Charl van Rooy wrote the following for Superyachttimes yesterday:
Sistership to motor yachts Man of Steel and Ventura, the 49.80-metre Rocket forms part of Heesen’s successful 50-metre semi-displacement series designed by Omega Architects.
Sophisticated naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, combined with Heesen’s weight reduction expertise and a pair of 2.720kW MTU engines have combined to create a yacht with a range of 3,200 nm and top-flight fuel economy.
Designed by Cristiano Gatto, up to twelve guests are accommodated in six cabins, five of which (including a VIP suite which occupies the yacht’s full beam) are located on the lower deck, while the owner’s suite, that also occupies the full-beam, is located forward on the main deck.
Here she is seen at anchor outside Cala di Volpe on the island of Sardinia last month.
Charl van Rooy wrote the following for Superyachttimes on the 13th of august:
Yesterday, following an intensive sea trial period on the North Sea over the past few weeks, Heesen Yachts handed over its most distinctive 50-metre FDHF (Fast Displacement Hull Form) superyacht to date as motor yacht Erica departed The Netherlands on her maiden voyage.
Known as Project Boreas (YN 18650) during her build, Erica is the result of designers Omega Architects, Mark Whiteley and Van Oossanen Naval Architects' combined expertise together with technical consultants MCM’s meticulous oversight. The full-aluminium yacht is engineered by Heesen’s in-house naval architects to be as efficient and seaworthy as possible with a high cruising speed.
“I already had a relationship with the owner because I had been his representative on his 54m classic sailing yacht,” comments owner’s representative and MCM co-founder Nigel Ingram. “One of the most important factors for the owner was being able to get the boat quickly. Heesen’s “Fast Delivery” approach gained him at least a year on the water, which was a huge plus.”
Erica’s outdoor living spaces are finished with custom loose furniture while the interior, created by Mark Whiteley together with the owner, is described as a ‘warm contemporary design’ with standout details such as the main staircase making a strong impression. Special materials such as the nickel mesh by French artist Sophie Mallebranche add a sophisticated touch to the interior.
As MCM’s first project together with Heesen Yachts, Ingram looks back on a successful project: “Heesen knows exactly what they’re doing and I’m very happy with the way the yacht turned out. The owner was quite involved in the details. The shipyard handled it all very well and the boat is exactly how he wanted it.”
Powered by twin MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines, Erica will reach a top speed of around 20 knots. At 12 knots the 499 GT vessel will have a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles and a fuel consumption of approximately 98 litres an hour.
This is our latest 24 meter.
Nice to see how the interior turned out next to our original designs:
Photo: CRN yachts
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.
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.
photo: David Churchill
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.
This year we are present again at the Monaco Yacht Show from 25 to 28 September!
If you want to make an appointment, contact us!
Alia Yachts, SAMURAI
Heesen LET IT BE
Photo: Heesen yachts
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Dick Holthuis
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.
Photo: Dick Holthuis
During its sea trial phase, Masa exceeded her contractual top speed of 23 knots on a moderate North Sea.
Afgelopen vrijdag vond in Oss de tewaterlating plaats van "Boreas", een 50 meter jacht. Project Boreas is een volledig aluminium motorjacht gebouwd verpakt in een modern uiterlijk van Omega Architects en werd gebouwd door Heesen Yachts.
Boreas biedt plaats aan maximaal 12 gasten in 6 hutten. Ook is er plaats voor maximaal 9 bemanningsleden aan boord om een ontspannen luxe jachtervaring te garanderen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.