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Heesen launches new class with “Akira”

With the launch of the “Akira” project, the construction of a new class of high-speed aluminum yachts has begun at Heesen[ds_preview].

Construction of the yacht, which is being built under the supervision of ABS, is taking place at the shipyard in Oss. The ship with the construction number 20457 has a length of 57 meters and a gross tonnage of 780. The yacht will have a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) hull. The “Akira” will be powered by two IMO III-compliant MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines, which will enable a top speed of 22 knots.

The all-aluminum hull is the latest development of the patented FDHF, which was developed by the Dutch hydrodynamics office Van Oossanen and further refined by Heesen’s designers, according to a press release. Thanks to its low-drag underwater hull, the “Akira” is fast and yet economical, the shipyard added. She requires less power and consumes around half the fuel of a conventional steel displacement yacht of the same size. Thanks to its shallow draft of just 2.30 m, it is also a yacht that can be used in many shallow waters.

Heesen commissioned Frank Laupman from Omega Architects to design the exterior. Heesen’s designers worked together with Harrison Eidsgaard to develop the 400m2 interior.

Twelve guests are accommodated in six suites. The 63m2 owner’s cabin is located on the forward main deck and consists of an office, a bedroom with two walk-in closets and a bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Four double suites are located on the lower deck, while the VIP cabin is located on the bridge deck. All decks are accessible via a glass elevator.

The “Akira” project is expected to be delivered in spring 2024.

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