On 14 May, YN 19055 Project Castor was launched at Heesen’s Dutch facility in Oss, on schedule for its delivery in August.
Thanks to the physical-distancing measures adopted early on by the yard, both in their production processes and in the offices, Heesen managed to carry on work with as little disruption as possible following Dutch governmental guidelines.
By halving the number of employees working in the shipyard at any one time by working in two shifts, the yard did not lose productivity and increased flexibility.
Rupert Connor from Luxury Yacht Group, who represents the client, commented: “We have been beyond impressed with how the Heesen team adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have adjusted their working hours to increase social distancing while retaining optimal man-hours on our project and preserving an on-time, high-quality delivery that was no small feat in these challenging times.”
At 760GT, Project Castor is the most voluminous 55-metre currently offered by the Northern European shipyard. Powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel main engines, she is predicted to reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and will boast a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots.
This performance is possible thanks to the design and engineering platform that sports the progressive FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull devised by Van Oossanen.
The Heesen 55-metre FDHF Steel offers exceptional seakeeping qualities coupled with more frugal fuel consumption.
Twelve guests are accommodated in six staterooms, with the master suite located forward on the main deck. Four spacious guest cabins (two double and two twin) are on the lower deck, while the VIP is on the bridge deck.
Project Castor is the first in the class to offer the new layout configuration. YN 19055 will be delivered to her owners in August 2020 after rigorous sea trials in the North Sea.