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Video: Heesen Yachts at the 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS)

December 10, 2014

From October 30 to November 3, 2014, the premier Dutch superyacht builder, Heesen Yachts, attended the 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). During the event, the 65m Heesen motor yacht Galactica Star (Project Omnia, YN 16465) received her 9th Award. Luxury mega yacht Galactica Star was awarded in the ‘Best in Design 65+’ category at the 2014 ISS Design Awards. Below is a video showing the shipyard during the 2014 FLIBS, released by Heesen Yachts.

ISS Design & Leadership Awards 2014 Winners

October 30, 2014

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented at the 24th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala, which took place last night in the beautiful Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale.

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DESIGN AWARDS

Best Sail 24-40m

InukshukBaltic – 32,64m/107’2” – FrersAdam Lay Studio

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Best Sail 40m+

Mondango3 – 56,4m/185’1” – Alloy YachtsDubois NA – Reymond Langton Design

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Best Refit

Dream – 60m/196’11” – Jones Boatyard/Dynamic Yacht Management (Abeking & Rasmussen) – Donald StarkeyBannenberg & Rowell

MY DREAM -  Main

MY DREAM - Main

Best Power 24-40m

Quaranta – 34,1m/111’11” – Curvelle – Mauro Giamboi – Alex Isaac – Incat Crowther

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Best Power 40-65m

Como – 46,22m/151’8” – Feadship – Dubois NA – Redman Whiteley Dixon

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Best Power 65m+

Galactica Star – 65m/213’4” – Heesen Yachts – Frank Laupman/Omega – Bannenberg & Rowell Design – Van Oossanen NA

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Best Interior

Como – Redman Whiteley Dixon

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION & LEADERSHIP AWARD

2014 Excellence in Innovation

Waterscapes

2014 Business Person of the Year

John Percival, Hoylake Sailing School, John Percival Marine Associates, Posthumously

2014 Distinguished Crew Award

Captain Russell Pugh & Crew of the M/V Arctic P

2014 Leadership Award

Tom & Henk De Vries, Feadship

2014 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award

International SeaKeepers Society

ISS Design Awards 2014 Finalists

October 06, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014 saw the ISS (International Superyacht Society) unveil its lists of finalists for the 2014 International Design Awards. For 24 years, ISS’s Design Awards—based entirely on peer review—has celebrated the best naval architecture, design, interiors, engineering, as well as builds the large yacht industry presents annually.

Annual Awards Gala, 29 October 2014, Newly at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Annual Awards Gala, 29 October 2014, Newly at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The selection of finalists in each award grouping results from the privilege to vote that ISS membership affords. A distinguished and impartial group of judges then weighs the qualifications of each yacht with the winning yachts announced at ISS’s annual International Design Awards Gala, this year on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 6:30 P.M. newly at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. The theme celebrates Tahitian Flair!

A dedicated group of volunteers from many of the industry’s finest companies work year-round on the development of the theme, enhancements to the program and to ensuring an elegant evening.

The event is made possible by the steadfast support of ISS Gala and Awards of Distinction Sponsors. This year, this exceptional group of companies includes Tahiti Tourisme and the Robb Report as Platinum sponsors; Viking Crew Management as Gold Sponsor; and, Lürssen, MTN, Oceanco, Westrec and Wright Maritime Group as Silver Sponsors.

Gregoire Le Bacon, Tahiti

Gregoire Le Bacon, Tahiti

Each year, nominees are submitted to ISS by the large yacht industry’s leading builders, designers and stewards. The categories are as follows:

Power: (3) awards for size categories 24m-40m, 40m-65m, 65m+

Sail: (2) awards for size categories 24m-40m, 40m+

Interior Design: (1) award for power or sail

Best Refit: (1) award for power or sail

ISS also recognizes achievement in the business and service of superyachts. During the Gala, ISS Awards of Distinction—Business or Business Person of the Year, Innovation, the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award as well as the Leadership Award and Distinguished Crew Award—are presented.

The ISS Business (Person) of the Year is awarded to those demonstrating excellence in their area of superyacht expertise within the previous year; nominations come from both the industry and the ISS board with the board making the finalist selections.

Open to every aspect of the industry—from crew training to technological advances—the Excellence in Innovation award is given to an individual or business that has demonstrated innovation in their endeavours. Nominations come from the industry and ISS board members vote to determine finalists.

The new ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award, first introduced at the 2010 Awards Gala, celebrates stewardship of marine ecosystems. Environmental leadership, global oceanic conservation and resource preservation are prerequisites for nomination. The integration of environmental technologies and resource management with the goal of setting achievable standards and models for wide adaptation in the design, engineering and building of large yachts—and the use of the Earth’s waterways—are essential criteria. Nominations are made by owners and the yachting industry; selection is by panel of judges, including Mr. Cousteau.

ISS’s Leadership Award recognizes an individual or business whose distinctive work and commitment to the industry has contributed—over a substantial period of time—to the sustainable growth of the superyacht community worldwide. Nominations and selection for The Leadership Award are made by those who have received the award in previous years with the previous year’s winner presiding.

The Distinguished Crew Award is presented in years when the DCA award judges are presented with a nomination that represents the essence of the award (nominations are sought industry-wide). Specifically, these honours are designed to recognize yacht crew whose distinguished acts of service best exemplify the standards to which professional yacht crew aspire.

2014 INTERNATIONAL SUPERYACHT DESIGN AWARDS

FINALISTS – “BEST POWER” 65m+

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Chopi Chopi – 80m/262’6” – CRN ShipyardZuccon International ProjectLaura Sessa – CRN Naval Engineering – Laura Sessa

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Galactica Star – 65m/213’4” – Heesen Yachts – Frank Laupman/OmegaBannenberg & Rowell DesignVan Oossanen NA – n/a

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Madame Gu – 99m/324’10” – FeadshipAndrew Winch Designs – Andrew Winch Designs – Feadship/De Voogt NA – Andrew Winch Designs

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Odessa II – 73,15m/240’ – NobiskrugFocus Yacht DesignH2 Design – Nobiskrug – Focus Yacht Design

Nobiskrug superyacht Odessa

Nobiskrug superyacht Odessa

Solandge – 85,10m/279’3” – Lürssen – Espen Øino DesignRodriguez Interiors – Lürssen – Espen Øino Design

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

FINALISTS – “BEST POWER” 24m to 40m

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

AB116 – 36,2m/118’10” – AB Yachts – AB Yachts-Fipa Group – AB Yachts-Fipa Group – AB Yachts-Fipa Group – AB Yachts-Fipa Group

Finish Line – 36,7m/120’5” – Trinity Yachts – Trinity Yachts – Yacht Next/Joanne Lockhart – Trinity Yachts -Yacht Next

Luxury motor yacht FINISH LINE - Underway

Luxury motor yacht FINISH LINE - Underway

Moonen 100 Explorer – 30,75m/100’10” – MoonenVripack – Vripack – Vripack – Vripack

Quaranta – 34,1m/111’11” – CurvelleMauro Giamboi – Alex Isaac – Incat Crowther – Mauro Giamboi

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Zahraa – 30,0m/98’6” – Technomar – Technomar Centro Stile – Technomar Centro Stile – Technomar/ The Italian Sea Group – Technomar/The Italian Sea Group

FINALISTS – “BEST POWER” 40m to 65m

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Cacos V – 40m/131’3” – AdmiralLuca Dini/Admiral Centro Stile – Admiral Centro Stile – Admiral/The Italian Sea Group – Admiral Centro Stile

Impero 40 superyacht Cacos V by Admiral Tecnomar

Impero 40 superyacht Cacos V by Admiral Tecnomar

Como – 46,22m/151’8” – Feadship – Dubois NARedman Whiteley Dixon – Dubois NA – Dubois NA

Engelberg – 55m/180’6” – AmelsTim Heywood – Enzo Enea – Amels – Tim Heywood

Event – 60m/196’11” – Amels – Tim Heywood – Laura Sessa – Amels – Tim Heywood

Sofia – 41,78m/137’1” – MoonenRené van der VeldenArt-Line Interior DesignStolk Marimecs – René van der Velden

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

FINALISTS – “BEST SAIL” 24m to 40m

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Feelin’ Good – 24,72m/81’2” – Southern Wind ShipyardsNauta Design – Nauta Design – Farr Yacht Design – Nauta Design

Luxury yacht Feelin Good

Luxury yacht Feelin Good

Inoui – 33m/108’4” – VittersPhilippe Briand – Andrew Winch Designs – Philippe Briand – Andrew Winch Designs

Inukshuk – 32,64m/107’2” – BalticFrers NA & EngineeringAdam Lay Studio – Frers NA & Engineering – n/a

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Tempus Fugit – 27,43m/90’ – Arkin Pruva YachtsHumphreys Yacht Design – Humphreys Interiors – Humphreys Yacht Design – Humphreys Yacht Design

Windquest – 26,25m/86’2” – JFA YachtsMarc Lombard Design – Marc Lombard Design – Marc Lombard Design – Marc Lombard Design

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main

FINALISTS – “BEST SAIL” 40m +

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Mondango3 – 56,4m/185’1” – Alloy Yachts – Dubois NA – Reymond Langton Design – Dubois NA – Reymond Langton Design

Seahawk – 60m/196’11” – Perini Navi – Perini Navi – Christian Liaigre – Perini Navi/Ron Holland – Perini Navi

Perini Navi mega yacht Seahawk

Perini Navi mega yacht Seahawk

State of Grace – 40m/131’3” – Perini Navi – Perini Navi – Perini Navi – Perini Navi/Ron Holland – Perini Navi

Wisp – 47,65m / 156’4” – Royal HuismanHoek Design NA BVRhoades Young Ltd – Hoek Design NA BV – Rhoades Young Ltd

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

FINALISTS – “BEST REFIT”

NAME/LENGTH/REFIT-BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Dream – 60m/196’11” – Jones Boatyard/Dynamic Yacht Management (Abeking & Rasmussen) – Donald Starkey – Bannenberg & Rowell – A&R/Murray & Associates – Donald Starkey

Enigma XK – 71,4m/234’4” – Atlantic Refit Center (Richard Lowestoft) – Philippe Briand – Vitruvius – Robert McFarlane – n/a

Luxury motor yacht Enigma XK - Photo by ARC Guillaume Plisson

Luxury motor yacht Enigma XK - Photo by ARC Guillaume Plisson

Lady Christina – 62m/203’5” – MB92 (Oceanco) – H2 Design – H2 Design – Azure – Oceanco

Mysorah – 48,77m/160’ – Rybovich (Feadship) – De Voogt NA/ Murray & Associates – Patrick Knowles Designs – De Voogt NA/ Murray & Associates – De Voogt NA/Patrick Knowles Designs

Momentum for next year’s Singapore Yacht Show continues to grow

September 23, 2014

The momentum for the next year’s Singapore Yacht Show continues to grow with well-recognized names registering for the event. A number of these will be making their premiere at the upcoming 5th edition of the event.

Singapore Yacht Show

Singapore Yacht Show

Dutch builder Heesen Yachts, ever-present since the first edition, and well known for its award winning superyachts including last year’s sensational M/Y Galactica Star, will be returning to exhibit once again next April.

Another longstanding supporter of the Singapore Yacht Show, prolific Middle East builder Gulf Craft will also be present, with three yachts registered. Building production and semi-custom vessels from sporty day boats to superyachts, the company works to a core philosophy of innovation, quality and value for money.

With an impressive range of high-tech racer-cruisers and family cruisers, X-Yachts will be showcasing its range of vessels in 2015. Living and breathing sailing yachts, this Dutch company will be attending the show for the first time next year.

Builder of sleek and powerful boats from 9.1m (30ft) to 22.9m (75ft), Vandutch creates eye-catching vessels that are ideally suited to day cruising with large groups. The Netherlands-based company will be attending the Singapore Yacht Show for the first time in 2015.

The local Singapore office of market leaders International Paint will be bringing their expertise and wide range of paint finishes to next year’s Show, available to talk with boat owners and industry members alike about their locally available services and products.

Learn about protecting your engine with Griffin’s MICROBLOC® multi-grade filtration systems and make water in your fuel a problem of the past. Griffin Group will be available for consultations at next year’s Singapore Yacht Show.

Lloyd Marine is the leading charter company in Singapore, owning and managing the largest fleet of premium charter yachts in the city-state. With a focus on presentation, services, reliability and safety, it will be on hand to guide you through planning your next yacht charter at Singapore Yacht Show 2015.

“We’re thrilled to see so many new companies signing up, but even more proud that so many of our longstanding supporters are coming back for next year’s edition – it proves we are achieving the right results. We continue to offer a varied and interesting mix of companies, growing in number each year, and our on-water space is booking up really fast. The news is clearly spreading as to how much potential there is in this part of the world and SYS 2015 already looks to be continuing our consistent trend of growth,”

Heesen Yachts announces sale of 47m motor yacht Project Hé (YN 16947)

July 16, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that the 47m YN 16947 displacement motor yacht Project Hé was sold on June 13, 2014. Superyacht Project Hé will be handed over to her Owners in February 2015.

47m motor yacht Project Hé (YN 16947)

47m Heesen motor yacht Project Hé (YN 16947) - Photo credit to Omega Architects

Mark Cavendish – Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts – comments: “This is the fourth contract we have signed in the first six months of 2014. We are delighted to see that the market is finally picking up!”

Luxury yacht Project Hé is a yacht in the 47-metre class, a breed of Heesens that are icons of classic contemporary yacht design. Frank Laupman from Omega Architects recently restyled the elegant exterior lines giving this vessel a new look.

Her well-engineered round bilge hull with bulbous bow, powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63, will ensure smooth and safe cruising in all sea conditions and a range of 4.000nm at 12 knots, while zero speed stabilizers will guarantee maximum comfort at anchor.

Heesen superyacht Project Hé - Saloon

Heesen superyacht Project Hé - Saloon- Photo credit to Omega Architects

The sophisticated interior is by London-based and multi-award winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell Design who are on their fifth successful collaboration with this Dutch superyacht builder. The fleet includes the 37m motor yacht Aurelia, 47m superyacht Elandess (now Raasta), superyacht Lady Petra and luxury yacht My Secret, and the 65m mega yacht Galactica Star.

Dickie Bannenberg explains how the B&R studio explored themes of purity and simplicity for this project, always confident that Heesen would interpret their concept immaculately as with their previous joint projects.

Guru designer Dieter Rams’ motto “to omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage” guided Bannenberg & Rowell in their approach to the interior design of Project Hé. The project name ‘Hé’ in Chinese means ‘the simplest form of peace and harmony’ and Bannenberg & Rowell chose it to unify in one ideogram the essence of their design theme: simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication.

Project Hé Yacht - Cabin

Project Hé Yacht - Cabin - Photo credit to Omega Architects

Twelve guests will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere on board where restful colors are combined with natural and discreet contrast finishes. An important role is played by the use of light: indirect lighting – concealed LED light strips and filtered light thanks to refined venetian blinds – create a unique atmosphere on board super yacht Project Hé.

Technical Specifications of YN 16947 superyacht Project Hé

GENERAL

Hull type: Steel round bilge, displacement

Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts

Interior Designer: Bannenberg & Rowell Design

Exterior Styling: Omega Architects

Classification: Lloyds   100A1 SSC YACHT   LMC UMS

Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA

Hull: Steel

Superstructure: Aluminium

DIMENSIONS

Length over all: 46,70m / 153ft 2in

Beam over all: 8,83m / 29ft 0in

Draft: 3,07m / 10ft 1in

Displacement (50% load): 400 tons

ACCOMMODATION

Guests: 12

Cabins: Full-beam master suite , two double cabins, two twin cabins each with one Pullman bed

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Maximum speed(50% load): 15 knots

Range at 12 knots: 4.000Nm

Fuel capacity: 60.000 litres / 15.850 US Gallons

Fresh water: 20.000 litres / 5.280 US Gallons

PROPULSION DETAILS

Main engines: 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63

Maximum power: 2 x 1.000kW

Gearbox: 2 x ZF 4661

Engine control:  MTU Blue Vision, three control stands

Propellers: Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1.600mm

Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak, each 99kW

Bowthruster: ZF Marine 90kW, hydraulically driven

Steering system: Litton Marine Systems

Stabilizers: Naiad Dynamics, type 621 with 2 fins of approx. 3m², zero speed

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Heesen.

International recognition for super yacht GALACTICA STAR featuring Van Oossanen’s Fast Displacement Hull Form

May 23, 2014

Super yacht ‘Galactica Star’, the first vessel fitted with Van Oossanen‘s Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), was honoured with the 2014 World Superyacht Award in the ‘Best High-Speed Yacht over 45 meters’ category, handed over on May 3. The jury stated that the award was granted because of motor yacht Galactica Star’s “technically innovative ‘FDHF’ (Fast Displacement Hull Form) design, developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects”.

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Ceremony - Photo credits to Mark Sims, Superyacht Media

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Ceremony - Photo credits to Mark Sims, Superyacht Media

FDHF
Van Oossanen started the development of this new type of hull form in 2009. This was driven by their passion to develop vessels that are highly efficient both at lower cruising speeds and at high speeds. This resulted in a hull form that, compared to a hard-chine hull form, is 30% more efficient at cruising speeds and 15% more efficient at high speeds. In comparison to traditional round-bilge hull forms, significant improvements were also obtained both at cruising speeds and at higher speeds. Model tests confirmed these results and, in addition, revealed that a hard-chine hull form is only more efficient than the FDHF counterpart at fully planing speeds.

This hull form was called the ‘Fast Displacement Hull Form’ because the hull does not rely on the development of hydrodynamic lift for efficiency, but stays in displacement mode, also at high speeds. When the impact of these results became clear, Van Oossanen applied for, and obtained, a patent on the innovative elements of the design.

CFD analyses for the Fast Displacement Hull Form

CFD analyses for the Fast Displacement Hull Form

The development of the FDHF hull form was only just finalized when Heesen Yachts commissioned Van Oossanen to carry out the naval architecture design work for the ‘Galactica Star’ superyacht project. After a first concept study the benefits of the FDHF for this project, for which a minimum speed of 27 knots was required, became apparent and the first application of the FDHF was a fact. At this moment in time there are 12 further yachts based on the FDHF under construction, at 4 different yards across Europe.

World Superyacht Awards
The World Super Yacht Awards Gala took place on Saturday 3 May, in Amsterdam. The award ceremony was organized by Boat International Media and the awarded prizes are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the super yacht industry. The exterior design of superyacht Galactica Star, by Omega Architects, and the interior design, by Bannenberg and Rowell, were also given special attention by the jury.

Luxury motor yacht Galactica Star

Luxury motor yacht Galactica Star

Van Oossanen Naval Architects
Van Oossanen Naval Architects are specialized in the design of high-performance sail- and motor yachts, and merchant ships. One of their specific areas of expertise is the hydrodynamic optimization of these designs.

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA STAR awarded ‘Best Design of the Year’ at Asia Boating Awards 2014

May 21, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that on Friday, May 9, 2014, their revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Hull Form superyacht Galactica Star was awarded as the ‘Best Yacht Design of the Year’ in the 10th edition of the Asia Boating Awards.

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

The ceremony took place in Hong Kong at the spectacular Icon Hotel where Ms ZZ Phang from Pen Marine, Heesen Agent for Southeast Asia, received the award on behalf of the Owners of the yacht and Heesen shipyard.

Ms Phang comments: “Asia Boating Awards is the region’s most established and respected event of its kind. This year sees awards in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. Galactica Star won the most prestigious award of all the 21 categories! I am truly honoured to have had the chance to receive this accolade on behalf of the Owners and the shipyard that built this magnificent vessel. It is now the seventh prize that Galactica Star has won and I am so proud to be part of this incredible success!”

Galactica Star yacht’s revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form that is 30 per cent more efficient than any other ever tested, has been devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen in-house naval architects. Her distinctive exterior lines are by the ingenious pencil of Frank Laupman from Omega Architects while the striking, dramatic interior is by famous Bannenberg and Rowell design studio. A top speed of over 28 knots but using 20 per cent less fuel than conventional yachts, a range of 4.200 nautical miles at 14 knots are just some of the impressive figures that make this vessel an award-winning yacht!

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Heesen.

Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

May 15, 2014

The winners of this year’s 10th Asia Boating Awards were unveiled during a black-tie gala at Hotel ICON in Kowloon East on the first night of the annual Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, which took place from May 9 to 11. The Awards are annually organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines.

Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

The Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

Bringing together industry leaders from Asia and around the world – as well as VIPs such as Dr. Cecil Chao, and Mr. Brandon and Mrs. Jenny Chau – the theme of the evening was The Great Gatsby, beginning with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails such as Grey Goose martinis and Dewar’s whisky, followed by a gourmet dinner, the awards presentations and performances by jazz dancers. Also on hand were representatives of the Hong Kong charity Yan Oi Tong, Chairperson Ms. Jenny Ng Ming-Chun and 1st Vice Chairperson Ms. Clarea Au Suet-Ming, who received a cheque for HK$100,000 on the charity’s behalf.

“This was a very special evening for all of the guests, nominees and, of course, the winners who have worked so hard to make their companies, brands and boats a success in Asia, especially in Mainland China. It was also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the awards, as well as China Boating magazine,” says Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Magazine. “I want to thank all of the people working in the yachting industry, both here and abroad, and our sponsors for their continued support in cementing Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating as the region’s leading yacht titles.”

In recognising the growing China market and environmental issues, the 2014 awards featured three used categories: Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year, Best Brand Presence in China and Green Maritime Company of the Year. The prestigious Asia Boating Awards were presented in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and luxury yacht marinas.

The list of nominees came from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating readers, with the winners determined by a panel of judges selected for their expertise as well as their ability to make informed, impartial decisions.

This year Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer were the event sponsors along with Baccarat, which provided the crystal trophies.

The 2014 Asia Boating Awards Winners are:

Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above)

Horizon Yachts, Taiwan / China

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)

Gulf Craft, UAE

Gulf Graft motor yacht Majesty 48

Gulf Graft motor yacht Majesty 48

Gulf Craft luxury yacht Majesty 63

Gulf Craft luxury yacht Majesty 63

Best Asian Built Yacht

NISI Yachts, NISI 1700 Vantage, China

NISI 1700 Yacht

NISI 1700 Yacht

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht

Benetti Yachts, Lady Candy, Italy

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)

AMELS, Engelberg, The Netherlands

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)

Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy

Superyacht MCY 86

Superyacht MCY 86

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Sunseeker, Predator 80, United Kingdom

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)

Princess Yachts, Princess V39, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)

Jeanneau, Jeanneau 64, France

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Solaris Yachts, ONE 48, Italy

Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year

Sanya Serenity Marina

Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

Best Asian Marina of the Year

ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Asian Regatta of the Year

Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong / Philippines

Personality of the Year

Arthur Tay

Best Yacht Design of the Year

Heesen, Galactica Star, The Netherlands

Galactica Star Yacht - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galactica Star Yacht - Photo by Jeff Brown

Best Asia-based Charter Company of the Year

Riviera Orientale-Yachting Society, Hong Kong

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year

70 Sunreef Power Damrak II, Poland

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

Green Maritime Company of the Year

Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore

Marina at Keppel Bay positioned in the beautiful Asia yacht charter destination - Singapore

Marina at Keppel Bay positioned in the beautiful Asia yacht charter destination - Singapore

Best Brand Presence in China

Ferretti Yachts

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Azimut Yachts

A very successful World Superyacht Awards 2014 for Dutch yacht builders

May 14, 2014

No less than seven Dutch yacht manufacturers participated in this year’s 9th edition of the prestigious World Superyacht Awards gala evening, which took place in Amsterdam on May 3. The event was extra special for the prominent Dutch yards as it was the first time that the ceremony had taken place in the Netherlands. With 27 coveted Neptune trophies up for grabs, the Netherlands was the country that took home the most prizes.

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014

Representatives from the international world of superyachts gathered at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. As a sponsor of the World Superyacht Awards, the HISWA Holland Yachting Group was delighted with the number of prizes won by the Dutch superyacht sector. This achievement underlines the fact that the Netherlands leads the way in terms of the innovation, craftsmanship and quality of its superyachts.

Motor Yacht of the Year – Madame Gu / Feadship

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Displacement Motor Yacht – 2000GT and above – Madame Gu / Feadship
1300GT – 1999GT – Sea Owl / Feadship

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

500GT – 1299GT – Event / Amels

Below 500GT Sofia / Moonen (Judges Commendation)

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

Three Deck – 45M and above – Galactica Star / Heesen

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Sailing Yacht – 40M plus – Ganesha / Vitters

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Spirit of Tradition Award – Mikhail S.Vorontsov / Balk Shipyard

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Judges Special Award – Inoui / Vitters

Vitters superyacht Inoui designed by Philippe Briand - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Vitters superyacht Inoui designed by Philippe Briand - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Contributing Sponsor
HISWA Holland Yachting Group was a contributing sponsor for this year’s World Superyacht Awards for the first time. The association’s marketing slogan ‘Think Yachts, Think Holland’ was creatively integrated as a branding concept within the range of food and drinks served to the guests during the programme. The sponsorship emphasised the HISWA Holland Yachting Group’s role as a Dutch host, and highlighted the Dutch superyacht sector in a creative way among the 600 international influentials present.

65m Heesen Fast Displacement Yacht GALACTICA STAR awarded at World Superyacht Awards 2014

May 06, 2014

Heesen is thrilled to announce that on May 3, 2014 the ground-breaking 65m Fast Displacement yacht Galactica Star won the coveted Neptune Trophy in the category ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Three-deck motor yacht of 45-metre and above‘ at the prominent World Superyacht Awards, the Oscars of the superyacht industry.

65m Heesen mega yacht Galactica Star

65m Heesen mega yacht Galactica Star

This prestigious event, making its debut in the Netherlands, was held at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam where the industry leaders, designers, and superyacht owners gathered to celebrate the finest yachts of the year.

Motor yacht Galactica Star was chosen by the judges, who are all super yacht owners, as winner in this very competitive category for her unique ability to operate both in the displacement and semi-displacement modes.

Neptune Trophy for superyacht Galactica Star

Neptune Trophy for superyacht Galactica Star

Mark Cavendish, Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts, comments: “At Heesen we are very proud of this important recognition. First of all I would like to thank the Owners of Galactica Star: Without their vision and quest for technical innovation none of this would have been possible; and of course van Oossanen Naval Architects who devised the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form that allows Galactica Star to be 30% more efficient than any other displacement hull of her size; Frank Laupman, who designed the beautiful exterior lines; Bannenberg and Rowell for the rich and elegant interior; and last but not least all the women and men at Heesen shipyard who worked so strenuously to deliver a vessel that is close to perfection. This Neptune trophy is for you all!”

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Heesen.