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Renowned Designer and Naval Architect Van Oossanen Participates in The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show

April 05, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Renowned around the globe, the Van Oossanen Naval Architecture studio has announced its participation in The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show. The studio is well known for many important private and charter yachts cruising our waters, including the imposing 65-metre Heesen flagship superyacht GALACTICA STAR.

Galactica Star Superyacht - Image credit to Van Oossanen

Galactica Star Superyacht – Image credit to Van Oossanen

Van Oossanen will welcome present and future yacht owners and take them to the ‘invisible world’ of the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic flow around a yacht. In collaboration with the world’s most famous exterior and interior designers, the company develops yacht designs that excel in performance, in terms of comfort, efficiency and safety.

London LYJAPCS 2016

London LYJAPCS 2016

A great example of their best-performing design can be found in the build and efficiency of vessels when cruising the ocean or at harbour. Van Oossanen’s patent protected Fast Displacement Full Form (FDHF) has created the foundation for many outstanding yacht designs, such as the already mentioned GALACTICA STAR or recently launched Galactica Super Nova.

Lately, Van Oossanen has been developing new hull concepts within the existing Fast Displacement Hull concept that reflect the desires of  the future customer for optimum comfort, greater interior and exterior space, and prestigious length-speed designs.

With over 25 years of experience in hydrodynamics, and being CFD specialists as well as naval architects, Van Oossanen is capable of creating a yacht design in a way that comfort, performance and space are optimised.

Don’t miss the opportunity and visit Van Oossanen at the LYJAPCS where at booth A10 on the ground floor.

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70m SuperYacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA Hits Water at Heesen Yachts

March 08, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Heesen Yachts have announced the launch of their largest yacht to date, the 70-metre mega yacht project KOMETA, now called GALACTICA SUPER NOVA. The newly-launched luxury superyacht is amongst the top 200 largest yachts in the world and one of the fastest in her size range.

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA christening -  Dick Holthuis

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA christening – Dick Holthuis

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA was built with a revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) technology devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects, which Heesen Yachts were the first to utilise in construction. GALACTICA SUPER NOVA is fitted with a third engine to power a booster jet, and will be able to reach a maximum speed of over 30 knots.

Heesen GALACTICA SUPER NOVA yacht christening - Dick Holthuis

Heesen GALACTICA SUPER NOVA yacht christening – Dick Holthuis

With building experience since 1978, Heesen Yachts have became world-leaders in this sector. Boasting exterior lines by Espen Øino and interior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, GALACTICA SUPER NOVA is an evolution of Heesen’t long experience in the superyacht building and also the result of what is perceived as a growing market demand for fast transit speeds, perfectly brought together with the highest level of comfort and space traditionally associated with displacement yachts.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photo by Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photo by Guillaume Plisson

The vessel is also equipped with a great selection of amenities and water toys, including a tender and quad ski, which are housed in the garage situated in the forward part of the hull. This arrangement allowed for a development of a fabulous beach club that provides the owners and their guests with the possibility to enjoy a lifestyle closer to the water.

MOTOR YACHT GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photo Guillaume Plisson

MOTOR YACHT GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photo Guillaume Plisson

Additional notable features include a 13,500-litre contra-flow swimming pool situated on the main deck aft, also featuring a waterfall and integrated Jacuzzi for relaxation, while the glass bottom of the pool allows for natal light to filter into the beach club below. Further forward on the main deck is the touch-and-go helipad, which also doubles as an outdoor cinema that seamlessly completes the luxury lifestyle aboard this magnificent vessel.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA SUPERYACHT - photo Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA SUPERYACHT – photo Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA’s head-turning exterior design by the respected international designer and naval architects Espen Oeino, who worked on a pre-established engineering platform provided by Heesen’s in-house experts, features striking lines and beautiful appearance. The designer has been able to develop a profile that celebrates Heesen’s DNA, yet at the same time brings in new design elements that make GALACTICA SUPER NOVA a truly unique vessel in Heesen’s galaxy.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photos Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photos Guillaume Plisson

Accommodation is laid out to welcome twelve guests on board, providing comfortable six staterooms, including a main deck master suite forward, four guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP stateroom located on the wheelhouse deck aft. The Owner has chosen the famous Dutch designer Sinot to create light, pure and well-balanaced interior with a sophisticated equilibrium between monochromic and soft colours. The ambience on board is relaxed and informal, understated and inviting, yet extremely refined. A wide range of leathers – from galuchat to very soft calfskin – form the bases of the interior decor that includes a variety of stones such as calacatta luccicoso and various onyx. The stand-out feature in the interior is the central staircase with a crystal elevator. Steel, nickel, chrome, wood and leather flow together to form a fabulous and imposing architectural helix.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - main saloon - Photo Dick Holthuis

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – main saloon – Photo Dick Holthuis

Following her launch, GALACTICA SUPER NOVA will now go through comprehensive tests in the North Sea before her scheduled delivery in May, 2016. Once delivered, she will undertake her maiden voyage from the Netherlands to Montenegro, following which she will cruise the summer in the Mediterranean, and final premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA specs

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Heesen Yachts to unveil Project NOVA and the Sound of Silence at MYS 2015

September 14, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that it will be unveiling an innovative new project at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show 2015. Luxury yacht PROJECT NOVA will represent the world’s first FDHF motor yacht fitted with hybrid propulsion. Heesen Yachts would like to welcome visitors to the MYS to come and discover The Sound of Silence and Project NOVA superyacht from 23rd to 26th of September.

Project NOVA yacht boasts naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and design by Omega with interior by Sinot.

This innovative yacht will feature accommodation for twelve guests in six stylish and luxurious staterooms with elegant interior design and decor. The owner suite will be located on the main deck forward and will feature a bathroom with a central bath tub. The remainder of the guest suites will be located on the lower deck with the full-beam VIP located forward, also featuring a spacious bathroom and a bathtub. Two twin cabins will be situated amidship and two double cabins aft, all equipped with en suite shower rooms.

“We believe that in a world full of noise, silence is the ultimate luxury.” Heesen Yachts

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Luxury Superyachts built in the Netherlands

August 06, 2015

Written by zuzana

Think Yachts, Think Holland’, the branding campaign of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, representing the Netherlands and the Dutch superyacht industry, has released a great video below, showing such outstanding vessels built in the Netherlands as the 65m mega yacht GALACTICA STAR, to name but a few. Launched by Heesen in 2013, superyacht GALACTICA STAR (Project Omnia, YN 16465) is a breath-taking Fast Displacement (FDHF) vessel, superbly penned by Omega Architects.

There are more details about Heesen here.

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Breath-taking 70m Fast Displacement Mega Yacht KOMETA by HEESEN YACHTS

June 11, 2015

Written by zuzana

Heesen Yachts has released an amazing video below, showing their largest vessel, currently under development – the breath-taking 70m Fast Displacement mega yacht KOMETA (project name). Taking inspiration from the highly successful 65m luxury yacht GALACTICA STAR, motor yacht KOMETA, also known as YN 17470, is a striking lightweight all-aluminium vessel, expected to reach an impressive maximum speed of almost 30 knots.

More charter yachts built by Heesen.

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Aboard Some of the Finest HEESEN Superyachts

May 01, 2015

Written by zuzana

The prestigious Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts, has released an amazing compilation video below, showing some of their finest creations and the beauty of the life aboard such luxury vessels as motor yacht Satori, mega yacht Galactica Star, superyacht Monaco Wolf, Galatea, Lady Petra yacht, as well as Crazy Me, to name but a few. Specializing in the construction of vessels from 30m to 80m and above, the unique and exceptional Superyachts by Heesen boast the latest technology, Dutch quality shipbuilding, custom built luxury, maximum comfort, as well as contemporary design, coming from the boards of the world renowned designers.

There are more details here on Heesen.

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New 50m Fast Displacement Motor Yacht NOVA unveiled by Heesen Yachts

April 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

Heesen Yachts is thrilled to present their new 50m Fast Displacement motor yacht NOVA (project name), the first vessel in a new series of Heesen yachts. The keel of the all-aluminium YN 17850 superyacht NOVA was laid in the presence of the ABS surveyor at the Heesen facility in Oss in February 2015 and her construction is due to be completed by Spring 2017.

New 50m Fast Displacement Superyacht NOVA by Heesen Yachts

New 50m Fast Displacement Superyacht NOVA by Heesen Yachts

Following a huge success of the 65m mega yacht Galactica Star, the world’s first vessel with a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), the 50m luxury yacht NOVA boasts the same superlative levels of performance, efficiency and maximum comfort in a smaller design package of under 500 GT, with emphasis on fuel efficiency.

Super yacht NOVA is a beautiful and highly comfortable displacement vessel with reduced environmental impact, thanks to relatively small engines and attention to weight control. She consumes less with an amazing transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots with only 45m3 of fuel, and is also more spacious.

Keel laying of NOVA Yacht

Keel laying of NOVA Yacht

Project NOVA yacht has been magnificently designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, with interior styling by Sinot Yacht Design. She boasts an eye-catching superstructure, vertical bow and generous fixed aft platform with a magnificent staircase leading to the main deck. There is accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 elegant cabins. The master suite can be found on the main deck forward and has a bathroom with central bathtub. The additional cabins are all positioned on the lower deck. There is a forward, full-beam VIP suite with a spacious bathroom with bathtub, two twin cabins located amidships, as well as two double cabins aft, both equipped with ensuite shower rooms.

Testing of newly designed NOVA superyacht hull at the Southampton tank test facility in July 2014

Testing of newly designed NOVA superyacht hull at the Southampton tank test facility in July 2014 – Photo by Jeff Brown

The lower deck hosts a gym, dividing the guest accommodation from the engine room, thus ensuring protection against noise and vibration. There is also the fixed swim platform with generous space to relax and a pantry with wet bar.

See more on Heesen

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Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro 2015 to host a strong fleet of luxury yachts

March 31, 2015

Written by zuzana

The Superyacht Rendezvous will be hosted by the fantastic Montenegro yacht charter destination – Porto Montenegro this July. With both sailing and motor superyachts from 30m upwards, it is expected to be an amazing event in the Boat International event calendar.

Yachts Cruise in Company on Day Two

Yachts Cruise in Company on Day Two

Registration to attend this exciting new event is open and more information can be found on the Superyacht Rendezvous website.

The organizers are delighted to announce a strong fleet of superyachts joining the event so far in Porto Montenegro, including: superyacht Exuma (Philippe Briand, 50m), luxury yacht Alyssa (Tansu 38.7m), charter yacht C-Side (Feadship, 34.4m), Galactica (Heesen, 50m) Elena (Heesen, 47m), Blue Ice (Palmer Johnson, 45.7m), Artemy (Azimut, 35.4m), Seven Seconds (DL Yachts Dreamline, 26m) Komokwa (Horizon, 41m) and the recently returned from the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht regatta, Ingot (Burger Boat Company, 46.6m).

Montenegro's famed Bay of Kotor and a stunning coastline attract superyacht owners from around the world. Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

Montenegro’s famed Bay of Kotor and a stunning coastline attract superyacht owners from around the world. Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro is also punctuated by a dazzling social programme which commences with an owners’ lunch at a beautiful venue to savour local seafood delicacies and a welcome cocktail and yacht hop to give all attendees a chance to display their yachts in the glamorous surroundings. The next day brings a cruise in company around the Bay of Kotor; an opportunity to see the stunning landscapes that Montenegro provides. The following day presents a chance to sample some of the cultural activities on offer such as an adrenaline junky’s dream canyoning or perhaps a delicious gastronomical experience. The final evening of The Rendezvous will prove unforgettable with a glamorous party at the ultra-chic Lido Mar Beach Club.

“Long overshadowed by Croatia, its captivating neighbor to the west, Montenegro is poised to become a world-class luxury travel destination thanks to its idyllic, 180-mile-plus coastline and rugged interior dotted with river canyons, glacial lakes and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the singularly spectacular Durmitor National Park.  The UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro, is vying for the title of Europe’s leading marina, with berths up to 180 meters to accommodate superyachts; tax and duty-free fuel at a 45% discount versus countries within the EU; incentives sure to lure uber-wealthy mariners.” Credit: Forbes.com

Bay of Kotor's marina is vying to become Europe's leading marina with 180m berths and significant tax and fuel discounts.Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

Bay of Kotor’s marina is vying to become Europe’s leading marina with 180m berths and significant tax and fuel discounts.Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

The Superyacht Rendezvous’s relocation from Monaco promises to be a fresh take on an old classic. The organizers look forward to welcoming the world’s most impressive luxury yachts to start the season in style at what is set to be an event to remember.

Each entry for the Superyacht Rendezvous includes the following:

  • Dockage in the marina at Porto Montenegro from Thursday July 2 – Sunday July 5 2015
  • 8 x VIP tickets to all social events:

o Owners Lunch

o Welcome Cocktail & Yacht Hop

o Cruise in Company Luncheon

o Superyacht Rendezvous Party

  • Concierge service for yacht owners and his/her guests

To secure your place for the Superyacht Rendezvous please register via the website.

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

December 10, 2014

Written by zuzana

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.

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ISS Design & Leadership Awards 2014 Winners

October 30, 2014

Written by zuzana

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

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