Live from Monaco: Heesen reveal new 85m dry dock

Written by Gemma Fottles

Announced this morning at the Monaco Yacht Show, Heesen Yachts has announced the completion of their new 85 metre dry dock and the 90 metre construction hall at their facilities in Oss, the Netherlands.

The new shed replaces sheds number two and three and measures 90m x 30m x 22m. Some 500 tons of steel were utilised for the construction, which is equipped with the latest features to create the best possible working environment. Temperature and humidity are controlled, the floor is heated and automatic sun-tracker lights on the roof reduce the need of power for lighting by 25%.

Both the dry dock and the shed are equipped with LED lights that can be dimmed, and a high quality air filtering system provides optimal conditions for the painting process: 60,000m3 of air per hour will circulate through special filters, taking in 70% of outside air and 30% recycled air.

The new 85 metre dry dock is our investment in the future and our response to the market request for bigger yachts,” states the Heesen board of directors. “The success of the 65 metre FDHF Galactica Star and the 70 metre Galactica Super Nova – our largest yacht to date – has created a lot of interest from loyal clients, as well as from owners who are new to the Heesen brand. We are now ready to further expand the size of our yachts up to 80 metres and look forward to showing the world the next generation of Heesen: bigger and even greater superyachts!

Heesen will also be showcasing a new Virtual Reality tour on board Galactica Super Nova. Maarten Touw of Kijkeens Binnen, 360 Virtual Reality Yachts, has this to say: "360 Virtual Yachts has created a Virtual Reality tour For Heesen's Galactica Super Nova, so everyone can enjoy the experience of being on their superyacht anywhere, anytime. Virtual Reality is a great tool to show case a superyacht. We use authentic images of the superyacht, so it feels like you're actually standing on board of the Galactica Super Nova. This provides a unique experience that can't be matched by any 3D model."

"Heesen and Van Berge Henegouwen worked together to create multifunctional spaces that can quickly be reconfigured according to the time of day and planned entertainments. 360 Virtual Yachts and Van Berge Henegouwen worked hand-in-hand to perfectly visualise these multifunctional spaces in the Virtual Reality experience. We've captured over 1,200 images in High Dynamic Range (HDR) to create 14 panoramas of the yacht, some of which will allow you to switch between day and night mode. In this way your perceptions of reality will be challenged under the stars. This Virtual Tour will be available on"

The Monaco Yacht Show will draw to a close on 1st October.



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