Dutch yard Heesen has begun construction on a 50 metre steel superyacht named Project Oslo24.
The yacht, which features an exterior penned by Clifford Denn Yachts and interiors by Luca Dini Design and Architecture, passed the keel laying construction milestone on October 4. The owners and their family attended the ceremony and welded their “good luck coins” to the metal.
Described as “highly customised”, Project Oslo24 is based on the platform of Heesen’s 50m Steel Class superyachts and was commissioned by “an experienced yachtsman”, the yard revealed.
The yacht will feature hybrid propulsion, which draws on both diesel engines and electric motors either together or individually. The package is centred around twin MTU 8V4000 M63 (IMO Tier III) main engines, which are paired with 135kW Danfoss electric motors on the same propeller shaft. This allows the yacht to operate in one of three models – silent, economy and cruising.
Friso Visser, Heesen chief commercial officer, said: “We were the first shipyard who dared to take the financial risk of building hybrid yachts on speculation and today, all our yachts are available with hybrid propulsion as an option.”
The owners are working with Luca Dini Design and Architecture to create an interior “connected to their life at sea”. Dark, high gloss will contrast with light matte wood finishes alongside ribbed canneté texture and soft leather.
“The owner of Oslo24 and his family are deeply involved in every aspect of this project,” said owner’s representative Stefan Zucker of Zucker and Partner. “For us, this makes it an even more exciting project.”
Project Oslo24 is due for delivery in 2024.