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Keel laying for Heesen’s “Jade” project

The keel of the third yacht in the new 50 m semi-displacement class has been laid at the Dutch shipyard in Oss[ds_preview].

The first welds on the keel of construction number 20350 with the project name “Jade” were carried out in the presence of an employee of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), according to the shipyard. “This is another milestone in the long-standing business relationship between ABS and Heesen,” said Daniele Bottino of ABS. “It shows how successfully the manufacturer and the classification society are working closely together to meet the evolving needs of yacht owners – our customers.”

Two MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines (IMO Tier III) will power the new build. This will enable the yacht to reach a top speed of over 23 knots. At eleven knots, she will be able to cover around 3100 nm.

The shipyard also reports that the hull has been optimized, resulting in a twelve percent increase in efficiency. According to the shipbuilder, this result was achieved by slimming down the underwater hull, reducing the depth of the transom and creating propeller tunnels. In addition, the draft of the yacht is only 2.15 m.

According to Heesen, the 50 m semi-displacement class is also “the first of its kind with a volume of less than 500 GT to comply with IMO Tier III regulations”.

Up to twelve guests will be accommodated in five cabins on board the newbuild, with the master suite located at the front of the main deck and two accommodations with single beds and two with double beds on the lower deck. Italian designer Cristiano Gatto is responsible for the interior design. Delivery of the “Jade” project is scheduled for spring 2024.

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