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Heesen to offer all hulls with hybrid propulsion option

22 September 2021

Dutch shipyard Heesen has revealed that all of its hulls will now be available with hybrid propulsion.

The announcement was made on the first day of the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show and comes as part of a new initiative called Bluenautech by Heesen that will see the shipyard "fast track" sustainability.

Pictured: Amare II

 Speaking at a press conference in Monaco, chief commercial officer Friso Visser said the initiative's aim was to "limit [the shipyard's] impact while elevating the yachting experience altogether." 

Heesen launched its first hybrid motor yacht in 2017 named Home, which was shortly followed by a sistership Amare II (formerly Project Electra) delivered in 2020. Amare II was started on speculation but the demand is now "customer-led", the yard said. 

"Heesen's hybrid yachts do not rely on large banks of storage batteries which are expensive, heavy and take up a lot of valuable space," the yard said. "Our focus is on energy-saving. This is what makes a yacht more sustainable - not an ability to run for an hour or two on battery power." 

Visser also hinted that hydrogen was "on the agenda" for the shipyard.