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Heesen announces update on revolutionary hybrid 50m Project Orion

By Anna Ingles   6 September 2023

Dutch shipyard Heesen has announced the progress of YN 20750, also known as Project Orion, as it moves forward on schedule. This magnificent yacht is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2025, and promises to redefine luxury yachting with its innovative features and unparalleled design.

While NASA's Orion spacecraft ventures into deep space, Heesen's 50m (163ft) superyacht Project Orion is designed to traverse the seven seas in utmost luxury and silence, reaching speeds of up to 10 knots with a combination of revolutionary hybrid propulsion and the industry-renowned Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). This groundbreaking combination was first introduced in 2008 with luxury yacht charter HOME, which received international acclaim for its innovative technology and avant-garde design.

Heesen superyacht Project Orion hovering mid air as she is lifted down of the transportation vehicle.
Side view of the unpainted hull of Heesen's inbuild superyacht Project Orion, emerging out of the construction shed.
Main salon rendering for Heesen superyacht Project Orion, with white sofa and armchairs to port side.

Project Orion, designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects with interior design by Cristiano Gatto, exudes a strong character with its striking exterior lines and contemporary interior. The luxury yacht accommodates up to 12 guests in a six-cabin layout, including an exquisite owners' suite on the main deck. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the owners to immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding nature while onboard. The lower deck features the additional five guest cabins, offering a winning configuration for both private use and luxury yacht charters.

Overview rendering of the gym onboard Heesen superyacht Project Orion.

Incorporating feedback from previous projects and market research, Project Orion introduces two major layout innovations. By moving the engine room forward, a generous wellness area of approximately 26 sqm is created, providing direct access to a spacious swim platform. Equipped with a sauna, gymnasium, and day head, this area serves as a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. With a shallow draft of just 2.15m, Project Orion can navigate shallow waters, offering the experience of exploring island archipelagos like the Bahamas up close, something typically associated with smaller yachts due to accessibility issues. 

Overview rendering of a staircase onboard Heesen superyacht Project Orion.

The sundeck layout onboard the motor yacht has also been reimagined, enhancing privacy for guests when docked stern-to in a marina. The whirlpool is now located forward, surrounded by ample sun pads. The sundeck's versatility is further emphasized by the ability to transform the space into a perfect party area. An expansive wet bar, dining table, and various relaxation zones create an ideal entertainment space spanning 77 sqm.

Overview of the master cabin onboard Heesen superyacht Project Orion, central berth with wide full length windows adjacent.

Beyond its stunning design, Project Orion boasts remarkable fuel efficiency. The 50m FDHF series by Heesen is known for its ultra-quiet operation and fuel-saving capabilities. Consuming only 98 liters per hour at 12 knots and a mere 45 liters per hour at 10 knots in hybrid mode, Project Orion sets new standards for fuel efficiency in a yacht of its size. Powered by two compact MTU 12V 2000 M61 (IMO III) engines, meticulous weight control and a lightweight build contribute to the exceptional performance that Heesen is renowned for.

Side view of Heesen superyacht Project Orion having her hull and superstructure joined outside the construction shed.

It is currently unknown whether motor yacht Project Orion will be available for charter, however, if you're interested in hiring a yacht of a similar caliber take a look at all Heesen yachts for charter.

Alternatively, for more details on the latest offers on Mediterranean and Caribbean yacht charters, contact your preferred yacht charter broker today.

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