TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -With three lounges, three dining rooms, an open-air jacuzzi, a bar and six luxury cabins, the 50-metre “Aster” is one of Dutch shipyard Heesen’s more modest superyachts.
The Netherlands, which amassed huge wealth through the technical superiority of European shipbuilders during its 17th century Golden Age, is continuing its maritime tradition by carving out a prominent place in the luxury yacht industry.
“It’s a big year for us,” Johan Kaasjager of Heesen Yachts told Reuters at his shipyard in Oss. “We’ll have delivery of three yachts this year and still a lot to come. The order book is very good at the moment so we’re full till 2020.”
A new ship construction dock is so large it’s been nicknamed “the cathedral”. At 90 meters long it will enable Heesen to build its largest ever superyacht, the 80-metre Cosmos.
Heesen has found a sweet spot in that 50-80 meter market segment, with demand so strong it cannot keep up, even after adding new facilities.