2021 was an exceptional year for Heesen and its most successful year to date, despite the challenges COVID-19 continues to inflict, Heesen ended the year on a high with five yachts sold and four delivered, the launch of its sustainability programme, BlueNautech, and no fewer than 14 yachts under construction – an order book that takes the shipyard through to 2025.
As always, Heesen is anticipating the Chinese New Year with great enthusiasm and expects 2022, the year of the Water Tiger, to be another intense and exciting one.
In the Chinese horoscope, the Water Tiger is known for its strong moral compass and belief system, and for its bravery and ability to learn. Since the pandemic hit, Heesen learned how resilient and dedicated its workforce and the extended Heesen family is, counting on its 1,000 highly specialised workers and subcontractors to keep up with the many yachts the shipyard must deliver to its clients, including large custom projects such as the 60 metre Falcon and the mighty, 80 metre Galactica
Heesen has a bold speculative yacht-building programme in the 50 to 57 metre range, making it perfect port of call for wealthy clients who have no time to waste. In the new reality imposed by the pandemic, yachts have proved to be the ultimate haven to escape to, and more than ever, time is of the essence. This ability to offer customers shorter wait times for new-build yachts has proved an important asset for its commercial department.
But Heesen recognises there is no future for the yachting industry, or for yachting in general, unless the company plays its part in tackling climate change. What unites yacht builders and enthusiasts all around the world is their love of the ocean, and if there is anything that Heesen learned in the year of COP26, it is that they must protect it better.
At the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2021, Heesen launched its new sustainability programme, BlueNautech. The shipyard committed to a six pillar, comprehensive scheme to increase hull and propulsion efficiency, introduce energy-saving solutions at anchor, improve the operational efficiency of its yachts, source recycled and alternative materials, and adopt sustainable production methods at the shipyard. Furthermore, it remains an enthusiastic anchor partner of the Water Revolution Foundation, a science-driven NGO that works to neutralise the superyacht industry’s ecological footprint.
With these steps, Heesen strives to protect our beautiful planet and its precious waters to ensure the future of yachting.