On January 4th, Heesen launched Project Antares a 55m Steel class featuring a FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull.
Project Antares is the first of five yachts scheduled for launch in 2019 and part of a fleet of 13 yachts currently under construction at Heesen’s shipyard. This significantly active order book includes the yard’s largest project to date – the extraordinary 80m Project Cosmos, which features innovative naval architecture and an all-aluminium build to achieve a top speed close to 30 knots.
Heesen’s impressive build programme is indicative not only of the yard’s success in offering advanced, attractive designs that span the gamut from platform-based spec-build yachts to full custom projects, but also of the positive state of Heesen’s key market: aluminium and steel yachts between 40m and 80m in length.
2019 will see significant investment in expansion, both in facilities and in personnel. “That represents the next phase of our strategy,” enthuses Brouwer. “We have acquired add-ons for our interiors division in Winterswijk – we have acquired the land and location and we are expanding our workforce quite a bit. Heesen is a fast growing organisation right now. If you put it all together, we see a stable growth both in gross tonnage and in length of yacht, which translates into further growth in turnover for Heesen in the next three to five years, based on our current portfolio and based on the current order intake we have already seen. We are,” Brouwer concludes, “very happy, and we hope to optimise our position in the slowly growing wider market.”