Heesen announced that construction on the 56.7-meter superyacht Project Akira will begin at the shipyard in Oss after the summer when welders will lay the keel in the presence of the ABS surveyor.
We see great potential for this new model. Akira is the only 57-metre, all-aluminium fast motor yacht with a Northern European pedigree available for delivery in Spring 2024. The 57-metre Aluminium design represents the perfect counterpoint to our successful 55m Steel Class and is ideal for those clients who seek speed, efficiency and volume. – Arthur Brouwer, Heesen’s CEO
With the help of lightweight aluminium structure, exacting weight control and highly efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form, the yacht will achieve the impressive top speed of 22 knots with relatively small engines (two MTU 16V 4000 M65L). A draft of just 2.3 metres makes her an ideal platform from which to explore the turquoise shallows of the Bahamas. Project Akira will be available for delivery in 2024.
Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created the exterior lines and drew a contemporary, elongated profile while The Harrison Eidsgaard studio worked closely with Omega and the engineers at the shipyard to create a layout and interior design.
The interior uses reflective materials including high gloss sycamore, laminated glass, metallic mesh to create a pleasing, tactile ambiance. Stainless steel finishes, dark pewter accents, and metalized materials bring a sense of warmth inside. The yacht features six cabins to offer enough space for up to twelve guests. The light and spacious 63-square-meter owner’s apartment is located forward on the main deck, while there are four double ensuite cabins laid out down below, and a special VIP cabin up on the bridge deck. All decks are served by a glass elevator.
Tenders and toys are stored on the foredeck. The beach club in the stern features a fixed swim platform for easy access to the sea.
Heesen currently has 12 yachts under construction ranging from 50 to 80 meters.