Despite what was, according to Heesen, a tumultuous 2022 year for the Dutch yard, 2023 is set to be one of its best yet. With an impressive 15 superyachts currently under construction at its facilities in the Netherlands, Heesen has revealed that remarkably, four of these are expected to launch over the course of this year. 'With fifteen yachts under construction and a workforce of 1,000 skilled people, our shipyard is as busy and well-organised as a beehive,' stated the yard in a statement released at the start of the year.
The first of the highly anticipated vessels from Heesen which is due to launch at the end of the month, is the 59-metre Project Skyfall. Sold in 2019, the all-aluminium, high-speed vessel has been described by the yard as a ‘sport fisherman in yacht disguise’, and is complete with a seaworthy cockpit, fighting chair and storage for 40 rods.
Skyfall’s extraordinary top speed of 37 knots is complimented by a striking ‘Desert Tan’ exterior by Omega Architects, with her yet-to-be-revealed interiors designed by Harrison Eidsgaard. Powered by four MTU 20V4000 engines which produce an incredible 22,000 horsepower, when complete at the of the month Skyfall will be Heesen’s most powerful yacht to date.
The second launch for the Dutch yard is the 67-metre custom superyacht Project Sparta. First presented to the industry at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show, Sparta marks the second collaboration between Heesen and British design studio Winch Design. The 67m Steel FDHF yacht features an ‘assertive’ exterior design, characterised by a strong bow, curved lines, dramatic windows and an inviting stern area. Sparta also features a stepped aft deck and a 6.5-metre infinity pool. The yard praised her raised pilothouse design from Winch as a showcase of a ‘new style of sporty profile which will pave the way for the next generation of Heesen yachts’.
The impressive Heesen launches during 2023 don’t stop there. The first in the restyled 55-metre Steel Series, Project Apollo, is set to hit the water during autumn this year, showcasing her ‘aggressive’ Omega Architects-penned profile and stand-out additions. Apollo’s fuel-efficient Fast Displacement Hull design, ocean-crossing range and stylish interior design by Luca Dini Design & Architecture make her yet another incredible Dutch-built yacht.
The last scheduled launch of the year from Heesen Yachts is the 50-metre hybrid ‘smart custom’ superyacht, Project Oslo24. Commissioned in 2021 by an ‘experienced yachtsman’, Project Oslo24’s new owners opted to have the intelligent Heesen hybrid propulsion system onboard, to allow for the ultimate luxury of silent cruising at a speed of up to 8.5 knots. Her exterior design has been based on Heesen’s popular, Clifford Denn-designed, 50m Steel Series, and her interiors have been crafted by Luca Dini Design.
As Heesen approaches its 45th birthday this year, the industry can expect plenty more from the Dutch yard, with ‘ground-breaking’ news set to be revealed at the Monaco and Fort Lauderdale yacht shows.
‘We are 45 years young and look forward to many more years of designing, engineering and building cutting-edge motor yachts at the forefront of innovation and breakthrough technology,’ commented Heesen, ‘right from the get-go, 2023 promises to be a very busy year.'
We’re certainly looking forward to keeping our readers up to date with the latest news and launches from the yard in this exciting 2023 year.