OSS – This month, Heesen Yachts staged an event that underscored the Dutch superyacht builder’s DNA as a crafter of fast aluminum vessels.
“We are celebrating the launch of a unique yacht,” said Heesen Yachts CEO Arthur Brouwer. “The largest we have ever taken on and which represents the pinnacle of our achievements to date.”
The object of that self-praise was Project Cosmos, at just over 80m and 1,700GT, the world’s largest and fastest all-aluminum yacht. It was launched this month.
Project Cosmos (not its final name) can achieve a top speed of 29 knots and brims with notable features: a helipad (for an Airbus EC135) that transforms into an outdoor foredeck cinema. A “crystal” elevator connects the lower deck to the sun deck, and a 7m pool “with contra-jets for swimming is paired with a waterfall and glass bottom.”
Project Cosmos has Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ Fast Displacement Hull Form, a recurring feature on Heesen yachts. It also boasts a hydrodynamically efficient Rolls-Royce propulsion system.
Project Cosmos can accommodate 12 guests. At 80m, it sits at the very end of Heesen Yachts’ production line as most Heesens run from 50 to 70m.
“It’s quite a feat to build such a ship,” said Heesen Yachts’ beaming CEO Arthur Brouwer. “She is the largest aluminum yacht you can find on the seven seas and also the fastest by far.”
Project Cosmos turned out to be “an extraordinary journey” for Heesen Yachts, Brouwer said, given the technology and innovation that went into it. Key among these is the ‘backbone technology” that gives Project Cosmos a stiffer hull. “We have a patent for that technology,” says Brouwer.
He added, “It is in this boat you see the DNA of your company, in terms of speed, innovation and our curiosity to challenge the borders of what we can do in the superyacht industry.”
The yard worked on Project Cosmos during the COVID pandemic, which complicated matters. After the superyacht was launched in Heesen Yachts’ home in the central Dutch town of Oss, the yacht was taken to Rotterdam for the final commissioning of all systems. Its delivery is set for April, 2022.