Heesen is delighted to confirm that Project Akira’s design and engineering work is proceeding on schedule. The concept was unveiled in 2019 at the Monaco Yacht Show, and construction will formally commence at the shipyard in Oss after the summer when skilled welders will lay the keel in the presence of the ABS surveyor.
“We see great potential for this new model,” says Arthur Brouwer, Heesen’s CEO. “Akira is the only 57-metre, all-aluminium fast motor yacht with a Northern European pedigree available for delivery in Spring 2024. The 57-metre Aluminium design represents the perfect counterpoint to our successful 55m Steel Class and is ideal for those clients who seek speed, efficiency and volume.”
With her long waterline, lightweight aluminium structure, exacting weight control and highly efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form – a patented design devised by van Oossanen and engineered by Heesen – she will achieve the extraordinary top speed of 22 knots with relatively small engines (two MTU 16V 4000 M65L). A draft of just 2.3 metres makes her an ideal platform from which to explore the turquoise shallows of the Bahamas.
Frank Laupman of Omega Architects was entrusted with the exterior lines and drew a contemporary, elongated profile packed with the rippling power of a leaping animal. Perfect proportions and eye-catching, innovative design details will make her instantly recognisable. The deceptive simplicity and complementary curves of her boldly sculpted stern will speak of character and confidence in any yacht harbour.
The Harrison Eidsgaard studio worked closely with Omega and the engineers at the shipyard to create a layout and interior design that perfectly harmonises with the exterior.