Heesen's 50 metre all-aluminium motor yacht Project Jade has begun construction, the yard announced at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Project Jade is the third hull in Heesen's new 5000 Aluminium Class and follows on from its sisterships Project Aquamarine and Project Sapphire, the latter of which was recently sold and renamed Book Ends.
Under construction at Heesen’s Oss-based shipyard, Project Jade will feature exterior design courtesy of Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects while Van Oossanen Naval Architects is behind the naval architecture.
The 5000 Aluminimum class was designed in 2019 as an evolution of the shipyard's Satori series. The new design includes an optimised, low-draft hull with a shallow draft. As to the yacht’s interiors, Cristiano Gatto will be responsible for the layout and preliminary designs but styling and finish will ultimately be left to the discretion of the owner.
While propulsion details are yet to be determined, her sistership Project Sapphire was powered by twin MTU 16V4000M65L ‘green oceanic’ engines designed to reduce NOx emissions. She had a top speed of 23 knots and range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.
The news follows the announcement that Heesen will now offer hybrid propulsion on all its hulls.