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Heesen Launches 55 Metre Superyacht Project Castor
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Heesen Launches 55 Metre Superyacht Project Castor

Heesen Yachts has launched the 55 metre steel class superyacht Project Castor on schedule thanks to “drastic measures” adopted by the yard during the coronavirus pandemic.

The yard revealed it had altered its production processes and introduced social distancing at its offices. It also introduced shift working at its shipyard, resulting in half the normal number of employees working together at any one time.

“We were therefore able to carry on our work following the Dutch governmental guidelines with as little disruption as possible,” the yard said.

Project Castor is on track to be delivered to its owners in August following sea trials in the North Sea.

Speaking about the launch, client representative Rupert Connor of the Luxury Yacht Group said: “We have been beyond impressed with how the Heesen team adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He added: “They have adjusted their working hours to increase social distancing yet retain optimal man hours on our project and preserve an on-time, high-quality delivery which is no small feat in these challenging times.”

The fourth hull in Heesen's 55 metre Steel Class series, Project Castor sports exterior design by Omega Architects' Frank Laupman, which has been described as possessing “muscular overtones”.

Key exterior features include vertical floor to ceiling windows in the forward section of the main deck, as well as full height windows in the main saloon and skylounge. Another notable feature is the “shark tooth” design detail of the wheelhouse overhang.

The 760GT yacht also features a fast displacement hull designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Project Castor sports a number of alterations to the first three 55 metre Steel Class yachts. These include a full beam sky lounge, a larger master stateroom of 73 square metres and larger lower deck suites.

Interior design has been undertaken by Bannenberg & Rowell, the eighth collaboration between the design studio and Dutch yard.

Key interior materials include “signature woods and natural stones” with a “warm colour palette”. Natural light, meanwhile, will flood in “from floor to ceiling windows”.

Powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel main engines, Project Castor will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots.

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