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Heesen launches Project Gemini as Reliance

28 July 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Dutch shipyard Heesen has launched and christened the 55 metre Reliance at its Oss facilities. Formerly known as Project Gemini, the yacht features sporty exteriors from long-time Heesen collaborator Omega Architects and interiors from Luca Dini.

Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, she forms part of Heesen’s popular 55 Steel series, of which there are a total of five delivered yachts. Her sisterships include 55 metre Vida and 55 metre Laurentia.

The yacht began the build process on speculation, but was purchased 15 months into construction by a client introduced by Arcon Yachts Monaco.

"We are pleased that Heesen was able to meet yet another important milestone in the construction of this 55metre,” said Richard Kaye of Arcon Yachts. “The experience of the shipyard in the construction of its Series yachts is an awesome guarantee for our clients.”

He added that “time is priceless for our customers” and highlighted the importance of adhering to construction schedules.”It reinforces our credibility and reassures the client about their choice,” he explained.

Reliance is defined by a shark-grey exterior with muscular lines and a predatory profile that’s achieved with a “shark tooth” segment on the superstructure forward.

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While the yacht’s exteriors come from an established collaboration, Reliance is the first Heesen yacht with interiors by Luca Dini. The Italian designer and his team worked closely with the owners and Arcon's project manager to adapt the interior to create a refined ambience with warm tones and an elegant theme.

Introducing the owner at this early stage allowed the yard to make a number of key changes and modifications to suit the tastes of the owner.

Notably, the yacht features an opening window in the owner’s suite and a fresh layout in the en suite. Reliance also features windows in the transom door which allows natural light to pour into the beach club.

Elsewhere, the yacht accommodates 12 guests in six spacious cabins, with the 82-square-metre owners' apartment on the main deck forward and the VIP on the bridge deck. The remaining guest cabins – two doubles and two twins – are on the lower deck.

"I would like to congratulate our incredible colleagues for their commitment to working hard to meet this important deadline," says Rick van de Wetering, Heesen COO. “It is a collective success that we also achieved thanks to the impeccable collaboration with our suppliers, who are an integral part of our success and who we consider part of our extended family.”

The superyacht is due for delivery in autumn following the completion of sea trials. She will go on to join the charter fleet with Arcon.

Power will come from twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 IMO-Tier III diesel engines for a top speed of 15.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,500 miles at 13 knots.

The launch comes at a busy time for Heesen, with eight other projects launched or under construction. This includes the 60m all-aluminium superyacht Project SkyFall and 55 metre Project Serena.

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