Dutch yard Heesen has offered an update on its current business position, with much of its focus directed towards lowering the overall environmental impact of company operations to align with industry trends.
Speaking at the yard's annual conference held during the Monaco Yacht Show this past week, CEO Arthur Brouwer shared that Heesen has reached a yearly turnover of approximately €200 million, making for a "comfortable position" as the yard enters the final quarter of 2023.
Brouwer also reported that the Dutch builder has 15 projects currently under construction, with deliveries extending until at least 2027. At the same time, ample investment has gone towards Heesen's R&D efforts to refine the performance of future builds. Past efforts have produced results such as its BlueNautech program, an eco-conscious approach to yacht building that aims to lower a project's overall carbon emissions throughout its complete lifecycle.
In terms of infrastructure, Heesen recently spent €1.2 million on enough solar panels to cover 80 per cent of its rooftop surface area. The installation has the capacity to provide up 60 per cent of the yard's power requirements at peak output, with a maximum yield of 1.3MWh.
Following Brouwer was Heesen CCO Mark Cavendish, who provided an overview of the yard's recent and upcoming launches, many of which reflect the company's commitment to discovering more sustainable pathways for the yachting industry. Included in the mix is the yard's upcoming Project Jade, which is set to become one of the first sub-500GT, 50-metre vessels with IMO Tier III compliant engines when she is delivered early next year.
Speaking at the conference, Cavendish said the yard's latest models served as a "testament to Heesen's ability to build advanced, unique projects that challenge our engineers and craftspeople".
BOATPro data indicates that Heesen currently has eight yachts in the shed, including a 50-metre aluminium motor yacht known as Project Orion. The yard also used the opportunity of the Monaco Yacht Show to present a new 49.9-metre concept called Project Grace, which has been designed by Harrison Eidsgaard.Read More/Heesen presents 50m Project Grace during Monaco Yacht Show