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Heesen lays keel of 50m Project Orion

23 September 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Dutch yard Heesen has commenced construction on Project Orion, its latest 50 metre all-aluminium build. The yacht, which is also known as YN 20750, had her keel laid in a private ceremony on September 14. 

Project Orion is being built on speculation with delivery slated for the first quarter of 2025. Once complete, she will join sisterships Home and Amare II on the water.

Frank Laupman, together with his studio Omega Architects, designed the yacht's profile, while Cristiano Gatto has led the interior design, making full use of the large windows and six-cabin layout to create an elegant and well-appointed interior. 

"Laying the keel of a new yacht is always an exciting moment, and even more so when it is built as a speculative venture," said Friso Visser, CCO of Heesen. 

"At Heesen, we are pioneers in the construction of superyachts in small series, on proven hull designs, propulsion systems and engineering, with individual interiors. The idea of advancing the build by a year or two before the customer signs up reduces delivery time, along with the costs saved in design and development. It has proved to be a winning formula.”

Technical features onboard this yacht for sale include a shallow 2.15 metre draft, a sub-500 GT enclosed volume and a hybrid propulsion system that promises to deliver silent and efficient cruising. 

At 12 knots, Project Orion will consume 98 litres per hour excluding hotel load, while at 10 knots in hybrid mode, consumption falls to a mere 45 litres per hour. This impressive performance will be achieved with two MTU 12V 2000 M61 (IMO III) engines of just 600kW each, a compact size that demonstrates the efficiency of the yacht's Fast Displacement Hull Form.

The construction update comes at a busy time for the Dutch yard, with nine other projects currently in build at the yard and the recent delivery of Lusine

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