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Heesen delivers 55m superyacht Reliance

18 September 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

The 55-metre Heesen motor yacht Reliance, previously known as Project Gemini, has been delivered, with Heesen stating that the delivery was completed "in co-operation with the Dutch authorities". West Nautical oversaw the construction and now has the vessel in their charter fleet.

Heesen commented: "We are pleased to confirm that the 55m Steel YN 19755, motor yacht Reliance, has been delivered to a happy family. Everyone at Heesen is happy to see this new yacht on the water and wishes the owners and crew fair winds and following seas."

She left the outfitting shed at the Oss shipyard in October 2022 ahead of sea trials in the North Sea. Her sporty exteriors are the work of long-time Heesen collaborator Omega Architects and interiors are courtesy of Luca Dini. Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, she forms part of Heesen’s popular 55 Steel series, of which there are a total of five delivered yachts. Her sisterships include 55-metre Vida and 55-metre Laurentia.

The yacht began the build process on speculation but was purchased 15 months into construction by a client introduced by Arcon Yachts Monaco.

Reliance is defined by a shark-grey exterior with muscular lines and a predatory profile that’s achieved with a “shark tooth” segment on the superstructure forward.

While the yacht’s exteriors come from an established collaboration, Reliance is the first Heesen yacht with interiors by Luca Dini. The Italian designer and his team worked to adapt the interior to create a refined ambience with warm tones and an elegant theme.

The yacht features a number of customisations, including an opening window in the owner’s suite and a fresh layout in the en suite. Reliance also features windows in the transom door which allows natural light to pour into the beach club.

Elsewhere, the yacht accommodates 12 guests in six spacious cabins, with the 82-square-metre owners' apartment on the main deck forward and the VIP on the bridge deck. The remaining guest cabins – two doubles and two twins – are on the lower deck.

Power derives from twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 IMO-Tier III diesel engines for a top speed of 15.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,500 miles at 13 knots.

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