Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that the 50m Satori and the 37m Aurelia have been awarded Neptune Trophies at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards which took place in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday May 5, 2012.
Aurelia, 37m semi-displacement, prevailed over five other finalists in the very competitive "Raised pilothouse - semi-displacement or planning motor yacht" category. Aurelia sports a very different exterior look with her bright orange and blue color scheme that recalls Gulf Oil racing cars. Her precious and rich interior by Bannenberg and Rowell is inspired by the automotive theme. The judges commented: "An unusual, but very worthy winner".
Satori, 50m semi-displacement, won in the "Three-deck - semi-displacement or planning motor yacht" category, competing against six other superyachts. Satori has been the most awarded yacht in the Heesen fleet. Last September in Cannes, she was awarded two Yacht Trophies and the prestigious Prix du Design by Prince Albert of Monaco. Frank Laupman drew her streamlined exterior and Rémi Tessier her sophisticated interior décor while naval architects from Heesen Yachts in collaboration with those of Van Oossanen have created her high-performing hull. Powered by a pair of 2,720kW diesels, Satori can reach the remarkable speed of 24 knots, which places her amongst the fastest 50-metres afloat, while her fuel consumption at 12 knots is such that she attains a respectable 3,200 nm range.
Sales and Marketing Director Fabio Ermetto comments: "The Neptune Trophy has become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design and is considered the Oscar of our industry. That two of our vessels have received this recognition is an immense honor for all of us at Heesen Yachts. I would like to thank the owners of Satori and Aurelia for having trusted our shipyard in building their dream yachts. None of this would have been possible without their inspiration and vision so we would like to extend our sincere congratulations to them for this tremendous achievement! Hats off to the organizers who have once again demonstrated their ability to stage a perfect event."
These important recognitions for two Heesen semi-displacement yachts confirm that this Dutch shipyard is the undisputed world leader in design, engineering and construction of all aluminium luxury vessels.