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Heesen's 60m Project Skyfall Commences Construction

Heesen's Most Powerful Project To Date Commences Construction And Is Set For 2023 Delivery.

Fully customised 60m all aluminium super yacht of almost 900GT, capable of a staggering top speed of 37 knots powered by water jet propulsion, Project Skyfall will be the most powerful project Heesen has created to date. Project Skyfall has commenced construction on October 1st 2020 at the Heesen shipyard in Oss, Netherlands. Signifying the start of the build of this unique yacht, which is tailored in every detail to suit the owner's lifestyle, the owner's representative laid a 450 BC Greek coin on the keel in commemoration.

As a discerning yachtsman who has a passion for speed, Skyfall's owner has long been aware of Heesen's high-performance heritage having built pioneering fast-yachts with the likes of Octopussy. This has made the Dutch shipyard the natural port of call for the ambitious project. Project Skyfall will be the shipyard's most powerful yacht, having utilise water-jet propulsion on a sport-fishing oriented superyacht, which truly resonates with the company's DNA.

Project Skyfall's 60-meters striking profile exuding power and speed through an aggressive paint scheme is designed by none other than Dutch designer extraordinaire, Frank Laupman of Omega Architect.

At the heart of Project Skyfall are four MTU 20V 4000 engines producing a staggering 22,000 hp, which drives the four Kongsberg S90 water-jets. The outer engines are compliant with the latest Tier III environmental regulations and they drive the steerable jets, while the centre engines operates the fixed units. With less back-pressure and a slightly higher power output, the centre engines will be used solely for high speeds. The water-jet drives lower the yacht's draught to less than three meters and it reduces the vibration by 40 percent compared with traditional shafts and propellers. 

Skyfall capabilities to reach 37 knots (considering her size) in light load conditions is attributable to its lightweight aluminium Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) complete with course fins and interceptor trim plates. The efficient FDHF hull also delivers a much smoother and flatter ride versus the conventional semi-displacement shape, while its extra volume offers plenty of space for equipment and amenities. The three gyro-stabilisers also helps keep the yacht comfortable at low speeds. 

The main deck of Project Skyfall features a conversation area and alfresco dining on the aft terrace. Large sliding doors connect the outside with the indoor seating area and a large bar amidships complemented with an elegant formal dining table which seats up to twelve guests further up front. Further forward holds a media room featuring a cinema and a games table.

The owner has reserved the entire aft section of the bridge deck to house his large private aft-facing suite which opens up onto a private terrace, complete with a whirlpool spa and relaxing seating area. The lower deck of the yacht has four suites which will accommodate up to ten guests.

The lazarette in the stern is fitted out as a luxurious beach club with a wellness area, a fishing "cave" with stowage for 40 rods and a multi-tiered swim deck. The tender garage makes ample room for the stowage of the tenders and a wide range of water toys. 

"Project SkyFall forced us to think out of the box and look for smart engineering solutions," commented Peter van der Zanden, design and development manager at the shipyard. "At Heesen, we enjoy putting our thinking caps on, to find ingenious solutions to challenging requests from our clients."

YN 19959, Project SkyFall, is due for delivery in 2023. 

Specifications

  • > Length overall: 60 metres
  • > Beam overall: 11.3 metres
  • > Draft: 2.7 metres
  • > Displacement (approx. full load): 705 tons
  • > Gross tonnage: 880 GT approx
  • > Fuel capacity: 100 m3
  • > Fresh water capacity: 20 m3
  • > Propulsion: Four MTU 20V 4000 M93 diesel engines, four waterjet drives
  • > Classification: American Bureau of Shipping A1 Commercial Yachting Service [] AMS
  • > Large commercial Yacht Code (REG-YC) by MCA 

Visuals: Heesen