Heesen lays keel on 55m Project Venus

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Heesen lays keel on eighth 55m Steel Project Venus

23 November 2022• Written by Holly Overton

Dutch shipyard Heesen has laid the keel on its latest 55 metre steel unit codenamed Project Venus. 

Project Venus is the eighth in the series and will soon join in-build sisterships Project Serena and Project Apollo at the Heesen shipyard in Oss.

She shares the same bold and masculine exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects as her sisterships with a distinctive "shark tooth" motif behind the wheelhouse, which the shipyards call "an extra twist of personality". But, unlike the forward vertical windows seen on earlier models such as Moskito and Reliance, Project Venus features a continual band of glazing that runs the length of the main deck. 

Sistership Project Serena

The model's interior configuration has been arranged by Luca Dini Design and Architecture in collaboration with Heesen with accommodation for 12 in six cabins. An 82-square-metre owner's apartment is found forward on the main deck and benefits from a French balcony to starboard accessed via a sliding door.

The keel laying ceremony took place at Talsma Shipyards in Friesland and the project will be completed in Oss.

“We are excited to celebrate this milestone in the construction of YN 20655, Project Venus,” said Friso Visser, Heesen’s CCO. “Our 55-metre Steel Series is one of the most successful in Heesen’s history. We pioneered the construction of superyachts on speculation in the 2000s with the launch of the 37-metre series. Today, we have mastered the art of building superyachts in series on proven engineering platforms, and offer no fewer than five different designs ranging from 50 to 57 metres. At 55 metres, Venus is among our crown jewels.”

Project Venus has a Fast Displacement Hull Form offering both efficient cruising and optimum comfort at sea. Two MTU4000 M63 IMO Tier III engines propel her to a maximum speed of 15.5 knots, and provide a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots.

Delivery is scheduled for spring 2025.

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