Oss, the Netherlands, June 2015 – Press Release
Heesen Yachts invests in its future: new 85m dry dock under construction
Heesen Yachts is delighted to announce the kick-off of construction works for the new 85m dry dock at the facility in Oss.
The new dry dock was announced for the first time during the press conference held at the Monaco Yacht Club last September, and then officially presented during the HISWA Holland Yachting Group press tour 2015 on June 4.
Construction work started on June 15, 2015 and is scheduled to be completed by October 2016. The official inauguration will take place on November 11, 2016.
“The new 85m dry dock is our investment in the future and our response to the market request for bigger yachts,” says the Heesen Board of Directors. “The success of the 65m FDHF Galactica Star,– the largest Heesen currently at sea – and the impressive 70m Project Kometa currently under construction, are creating a lot of interest in Heesen from repeat clients, as well as from owners who are new to our brand. We are now ready to further expand the size of our yachts on offer up to 80m.”
The new shed and its dry dock will be equipped with the latest features to create the best possible working environment. Temperature and humidity controlled, the dry dock floor will be heated and automatic sun tracker lights on the roof will reduce the use of power for lighting by 25% to optimise illumination. A high quality air filtering system further provides optimal conditions for the painting process: 60,000m3 of air per hour will be filtered through special filters using 70% of the air intake from outside and 30% recycled air.
The new shed will be replacing sheds no. 2 and 3, both built in 1995, and will measure 98m x 30m x 22m. The dry dock will measure 85m x 17m wide x 22m. To make the dock watertight, 2,000 cubic metres of concrete will be employed, while 500 tons of steel will be used to build the hall. The dry dock will contain 6,502m3 of water and it will take approximately one day to fill it.
ABOUT HEESEN YACHTS
A yacht is a beautiful way to expand your horizons in luxurious comfort. But when that yacht is a Heesen, it can be so much more. Our yachts also offer outstanding performance combined with efficient fuel consumption, high-quality construction with cutting-edge technology, advanced engineering with avant-garde design.
Founded by Frans Heesen in 1978 in Oss, Heesen Yachts was the first Dutch shipyard to employ aluminium for the yacht hulls. Since then we have become a world leader in design, engineering and construction of high-performance motor-yachts. In 1992 we expanded our business to include the construction of traditional displacement yachts, and today we deliver superyachts within the 30 – 80 metres size range, and beyond. In 35 years we have delivered nearly 170 yachts. The current fleet includes aluminium, steel, displacement, semi-displacement and the new revolutionary fast displacement.
Ten yachts are currently in construction and their deliveries span through to 2018. Heesen is financially secure, large enough to cope with complex construction, small enough to care about each project, motivated to pioneer innovations and dedicated to continuing the tradition of Dutch quality shipbuilding.