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Construction to begin on Heesen's 57m Project Akira this year

14 July 2021By Miranda Blazeby

Construction on Heesen's  57m superyacht Project Akira is due to begin later this year, the yard has announced. 

The yacht, which was first revealed at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show, will begin construction at Heesen's Oss shipyard in the autumn following the laying of the keel. 

“We see great potential for this new model,” said Arthur Brouwer, Heesen chief executive. “Akira is the only 57-metre, all-aluminium fast motor yacht with a Northern European pedigree available for delivery in spring 2024."

The 56.7 metre yacht features four decks

The 56.7m four deck yacht is the first model in Heesen's 5700 Aluminium class and features exterior design penned by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects and interior design by Harrison Eidsgaard.

Built from an aluminium hull, the exterior features a “shapely silhouette” with an “elongated profile” and new “scoop-shaped stern,” according to the yard.

Extensive structural and decorative glass is a key focus of the exterior design and helps to enhance the indoor and outdoor connection of the design.

Project Akira features exterior design penned by Omega Architects

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects said: “We added a touch of aggression by way of sharp angles. The overall effect is the look of a leaping animal.”

The Harrison Eidsgaard interior meanwhile has been described as a “versatile canvas” that can be personalised late in the process without affecting the construction programme and delivery date.

Speaking about the design, co-founder Ben Harrison said: “The whole premise of the design is about the view – indoor-outdoor living is the primary driver.”

Accommodation is for a total of 12 guests in a full 10.3 metre beam owner’s stateroom and five guest cabins. The crew quarters meanwhile allows for a staff of 13.

Power will come from a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 22 knots and range of 4,400 nautical miles at 12 knots.