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57m Project Akira officially begins construction at Heesen

10 February 2022

Heesen has officially started construction on its 57 metre superyacht Project Akira, the first in a new class of high-speed aluminium yachts for the Dutch shipyard. 

Project Akira, also known as YN 20457, was first revealed at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show and has now had her keel laid. Built from an aluminium hull and superstructure, the exterior features a “shapely silhouette” with an “elongated profile” and a new “scoop-shaped stern,” according to the yard. She is due for delivery in 2024.

Project Akira features exterior design penned by Omega Architects

The four-deck yacht features an exterior by Omega Architects with an interior courtesy Harrison Eidsgaard. 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.

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.

Project Akira will be powered by a pair of IMO III-compliant MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 22 knots and range of 4,400 nautical miles at 12 knots.

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