In Pictures: Heesen’s 80m flagship yacht Cosmos under construction

Written by Charl van Rooy

After arriving at Heesen’s facility in Oss, the Netherlands last month, work has now commenced on outfitting the 80-metre motor yacht Cosmos as her 2021 launch date approaches. Project Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesProject Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times

During a recent exclusive visit to the shipyard, SuperYacht Times’ Charl van Rooy captured the impressive full-aluminium project (the longest aluminium motor yacht in the Netherlands) as the yard was preparing to cover the entire structure for cosmetic works to get underway. Cosmos yacht exterior renderingProject Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesThe custom project brings together Winch Design (exterior) and Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design (interior) who worked with Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Rolls-Royce Marine to create one of the fastest 80-metre plus yachts in the world. Project Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesProject Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesThanks to its innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form developed by Van Oossanen, Cosmos will be able to achieve a top speed close to 30 knots. Project Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesProject Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times

At 80 metres overall, the all-aluminium Cosmos is 10 metres longer than Galactica Super Nova, Heesen’s largest launch to date, but more importantly, at 1,700 GT she has nearly 50 per cent more interior volume than her smaller and older sister. Project Cosmos RenderingsPhoto: Heesen YcahtsProject Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times“Project Cosmos is raising the bar once again not only for Heesen but for custom aluminium yacht building in general,” explains Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen. “Both from a technical standpoint and from a performance point of view we are pushing boundaries. Not only has this 80-metre project been designed to reach close to 30 knots, but she has also been designed for fast, 20+ knots cruising in an efficient manner.”Project Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesProject Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesTo efficiently deal with the enormous amount of power (19,000 hp) that her four engines produce and to boost the structural rigidity of the vessel, Van Oossanen and Heesen developed an innovative method of construction called Backbone®, a method of construction that delivers the required stiffness in the yacht without adding weight that would have impacted on the yacht’s performance. This new innovation has now been patented by the yard.Project Cosmos yacht in build at Heesen YachtsPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times

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