After its launch in August, Heesen’s YN 19255 Project Pollux is now preparing to leave the shipyard to undergo sea trials in the North Sea during the first weeks of October. It is the second in the newly restyled 55-metre Steel class.

Powered by two MTU Tier III compliant diesel engines combined with a Fast Displacement Hull allows for a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4500 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 13 knots. According to Heesen, this makes project Pollux one of the most efficient yachts in its class.

The naval architecture is by Van Oossanen Naval Architects / Heesen Yachts and the exterior styling is by Omega Architects. The hull is made from steel, the superstructure of aluminium. The 55-metre long yacht has a beam of 9.6 metres and a draft at half load of 2.85 metres. Its displacement at half load is approximately 600 tonnes. The restyled 55-metre Steel class features a new layout to emphasize its vast interior volume of approximately 760 GT.

The layout of Project Pollux has been carefully considered. Thanks to the tenders and toys conveniently stored on the foredeck for easy operation and access, the space in the transom has been dedicated to the beach club. There are large outdoor areas and a 100-m2 sundeck.

The interior design is by London based Bannenberg & Rowell, a studio that has penned several interior designs for Heesen, including those of the multi-award-winning Galactica Star (now Illusion) and the 47-metre Lady Petra (now Odyssea), built for the founder of the shipyard. 12 guests can be accommodated in 6 staterooms, with the 82-m2 owner’s apartment on the main deck forward and the VIP on the bridge deck. The four guest suites are located on the lower deck.