Heesen has announced that the construction of the new 85m dry dock has begun at its facility in Oss.

Officially presented during the HISWA Holland Yachting Group press tour 2015 on June 4, construction started on 15 June and scheduled completion will be October 2016.

“The new 85m dry dock is our investment in the future and our response to the market request for bigger yachts,” said the Heesen board of directors in a statement to the media. “The success of the 65m FDHF Galactica Star,– the largest Heesen currently at sea – and the impressive 70m Project Kometa, currently under construction, are creating a lot of interest in Heesen from repeat clients, as well as from owners who are new to our brand. We are now ready to further expand the size of our yachts on offer up to 80m.”

Features in the new shed will include a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment with a dry dock floor that will be heated. Automatic sun tracker lights on the roof will reduce the use of power for lighting by 25 per cent and a high-quality air filtration system will provide optimal conditions for the painting process: 60,000m² of air per hour will be filtered through special filters using 70 per cent of the air intake from outside and 30 per cent recycled air.

Hailed as 'the Heesen cathedral' by its staff on SuperyachtNews.com's recent visit to Oss, the shed will replace sheds two and three, both built in 1995 and will measure 98m x 30m x 22m. The dry dock will measure 85m x 17m wide x 22m.

In order for the dock to be watertight, 2,000m³ of concrete will be employed, while 500 tonnes of steel will be used to build the hall. The dry dock will contain 6,502m³ of water and it will take approximately one day to fill it.

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