Photography by Dick Holthuis / Heesen Yachts
The latest launch from Heesen Yachts has been christened at a private ceremony in Oss, changing her name from Project Alba to M/Y VanTom. The 50-metre, semi-displacement superyacht had originally been started by the Dutch shipyard speculatively, with the owners acquiring the project six months into construction after an introduction from Camper & Nicholsons International broker Arne Ploch.
The yacht’s exterior design was created by Omega Architects, which has had a longstanding history of projects with Heesen, with high-profile motor yachts such as Galactica Star, Sibelle, Amore Mio and Quinta Essentia.
VanTom will accommodate up to 12 passengers in six cabins, with a master stateroom on the main deck forward and the remaining five suites located on the lower deck.
In close liaison with the yacht’s owners, interior designers Francesco Paskowski and Margherita Casprini worked alongside Heesen’s engineers to create a contemporary interior with “understated elegance”, featuring custom furniture from the yard’s in-house carpenters. Once delivered, she will be exclusively for private use.
Seatrials will be undertaken in the coming weeks, when VanTom is expected to achieve a top speed of 23 knots. At an economical speed of 11 knots, she should have a range of approximately 3,100 nautical miles.
Once final stages are completed, VanTom is scheduled to be delivered to her owners in January 2018.