On May 1, Heesen Yachts launched YN 17255 during a private ceremony at its Dutch facilities in Oss. The owners have named the 55m (181ft) yacht Azamanta. She is the world’s first fast displacement steel-hulled yacht over 50m.

Heesen collaborated closely with the owner’s family office Bilderlings Wealth, which represented the owner and managed the project throughout the build. Azamanta has an experienced owner who wishes to travel the world exploring exotic destinations. Her ice-reinforced fast displacement steel hull will enable passengers to safely, comfortably and efficiently cruise also in high latitudes.

Azamanta, whose fast displacement hull form was developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen Yachts’ in-house naval architects, will reach a maximum speed of 16.5kt with a range of 4,500Nm at a cruising speed of 13kt. She will set a benchmark in terms of efficiency: propelling around 600 tonnes of steel and aluminium at 15kt with only 600kW of power.

Exterior lines are by Omega Architects with vertical windows and numerous glass insertions in the bulwarks to allow more natural light to flood the interior.

Twelve guests are accommodated in six cabins. The master suite is traditionally located on the main deck forward and features a recessed balcony on the starboard side. The remaining cabins are on the lower deck and include a full-beam VIP alongside two twins and two doubles. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, each of them decorated with unique wall mosaics.

Azamanta will be intensively tested in the North Sea and is due to be delivered to her owners in July 2015.