Project AKIRA Underway at Heesen Shipyard

Project AKIRA running shot, Project AKIRA Underway at Heesen Shipyard

As witnessed by an ABS surveyor, construction has begun at the Heesen shipyard on Project Akira, YN 20457. The first in a new series of high-speed aluminum yachts by the yacht builder, she has an enclosed volume of about 780 gross tons, boasts a lightweight and highly efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form that will bring her to a top speed of 22 knots, and is equipped with two IMO III compliant MTU engines.

Her yacht exterior design was penned by long-term partner Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, with lines “characterized by a shapely profile, a gently raked bow, and bold fashion plates.” She features a scalloped transom to increase the size of the oversized fixed swim platform, which will make her stern immediately recognizable.

Fast, Shallow and Economical

Created by the Dutch hydrodynamicists at Van Oossanen and further engineered by Heesen’s naval architects, the all-aluminum hull will be fast and economical, and with a low-drag underwater body she will need less power and will utilize half the amount of fuel compared to a traditional steel displacement yacht of similar size. Due to a shallow draft of just 2.3 meters, she will be able to visit shallower waters such as in the Bahamas.

Project AKIRA Underway at Heesen Shipyard, AKIRA anchor point

Her yacht interior was planned by the yard’s engineering department along with Harison Eidsgaard to develop the general arrangement.

“Introducing us to the project so early meant that the mechanical parts of the ship were considered in tandem with the interior,” says Ben Harrison. “So key areas have been given the space they need, enhancing the flow of the yacht. The modern onboard lifestyle is all about making the most of the scenery outside.” “It’s a relatively simple aesthetic,” explains Ewa Eidsgaard. “It invites personalization but showcases loose artisanal furniture, such as the handcrafted console in the main salon. This only features three materials – pewter, leather inlays and wood veneer – but its detailing and subtle tonal variations give it a decorative richness. The types of materials used throughout the interior reflect light around the rooms and create a sociable, tactile ambience that frames far-reaching views out to sea,” she adds. “Stainless steel finishes, dark pewter accents and metallized materials bring a sense of warmth to the room without detracting from the beauty of the outdoors.”

She will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 luxurious staterooms, with the yacht owner’s suite occupying the main deck forward with a study, his-and-hers wardrobes, and a full-beam en suite with a large tub and shower stall. The lower yacht deck will house the four double staterooms, while the VIP will rest on the bridge deck. All levels will be accessible by a glass lift.

Her outdoor spaces will be crafted to offer the ultimate life at sea, while large windows will flood her yacht interior with natural light. Project Akira is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2024.


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