Dutch shipyard Heesen has announced that the hull and superstructure of 50m Project Nova – formerly YN 17850 – has now been joined together at the Oss facility. Project Nova is the first Heesen Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) to be equipped with hybrid propulsion.
Heesen first unveiled the FDHF technology in 2013 with 65m Galactica Star, then continued to use the configuration on 50m Sibelle, 55m Azamanta and 42m Alive. Now three out of the 10 yachts under construction at Heesen also have this hull arrangement.
The exterior of Project Nova has been designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, who has previously worked on 37 exterior projects and 40 interior projects at Heesen. Sinot Yacht Design has been selected to design the interior of the superyacht. And according to Heesen, the interior will be produced in a bright and clean style, emphasised by the use of natural fabrics and materials.
Project Nova is now scheduled for a 2017 delivery.
Judging by historical performance, Heesen is one of the few shipyards that can be called 'consistent', having delivered at least one superyacht every year since 1990.
Output has also increased dramatically in the past decade to an average of five deliveries per annum. Heesen also achieved its highest ever average LOA delivered 2015 of 50.4. This is a trend which is set to continue over the next couple of years.
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