Image: Dick Holthuis

On December 12, 2014, Heesen launched project YN 16947,  a 47m (154ft) displacement yacht, in a private ceremony at its Oss facility. The owners have christened the yacht Asya. She was designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects with Bannenberg & Rowell providing her interior.

With a well-engineered steel hull and bulbous bow, Asya will ensure a smooth path through water, and will ensure guests are comfortable in all sea conditions. Two MTU diesel engines 8V 4000 M63, will allow her to reach a maximum speed of 15 knots, and at 12 knots will allow her to have a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

Since launch Asya has remained at the Oss harbour for final construction and for the commissioning of all her systems. She will undergo extensive sea trails in the North Sea, before being delivered to her owners in February.