Electra from Heesen: diesel + electricity
The Dutch ship building company Heesen has announced the launch of the second 50-meter hybrid yacht of the 5000 project with the Fast Displcement Hull Form (FDHF) aluminium hull. The project number 19150 was named Electra.
The yacht has a rather unusual appearance, low draught and a multifunctional hybrid propulsion system that combines both conventional diesel and electric engines as well as a generator set. By the way, for this system, an extremely efficient hull and overall innovation, the first yacht built to the same design, Home, has won several international awards. The new propulsion system is extremely quiet and can operate in four different modes. In the most environmentally friendly 'hybrid' mode, the yacht can propel at up to 9 knots on two electric motors with little or no noise. Economical mode - on the main engines with the generators switched off, the yacht can accelerate up to 12 knots with minimum fuel consumption (98 l/h). In cruise mode (up to 15 knots), the propellers rotate with the help of main diesel engines, and on-board systems are provided by generators. Finally, forced mode (generator-driven engines run together with the main engines) gives speeds up to 16.3 knots.
The unusual appearance of the Electra with its vertical stem, long waterline and abundance of glass is a credit to Omega Architects Design Bureau, with the layout providing for many open deck spaces. And the modern, elegant interior, built with contrasting colour combinations, was designed by Italian designer Cristiano Gatto. Electra can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins. The owner's suite is located on the main deck and, in addition to the full-beam cabins, includes an office. There is also a pool, gym and sauna on board. Electra has now entered the North Sea trials and will be delivered in April.