Game Changer belongs to the Yacht Support Vessels by Damen and was presented to the public in London.

Game Changer‘s most interesting feature is the LY3 certified helicopter hangar to carry the air tender the whole time. The hangar protects it from the environmental. Also for commercial/charter use. Maximum weight of helicopter: 5,000 kg for operations with larger helicopters. There is also a refueling system with a 10,000-liter tank.

After the launch in 2017, GAME CHANGER got extensive modifications like new guest and crew cabins alongside a well-equipped diving center. Moreover, the vessel is now certified for operations in the Arctic and Antarctic area (IMO Polar Code).

GAME CHANGER serves as a vessel for marine conservation, ocean research, documenting ocean biodiversity and luxury dive expeditions. The certified helipad with hangar s the home for a customized Airbus H130 T2 with a state-of-the-art 8K camera by Shotover.

Photos by Tom van Oossanen

Yacht Support Vessels are a growing trend. Game Changer is the fourth unit of DAMEN’s 70m class. The mother company of AMELS offers a range from 43 – 89m.

DAMEN Product Director Mark Vermeulen notes:

“This was a great opportunity to offer a closer look at the Yacht Support concept – which is still a relatively new phenomenon in the industry. A Yacht Support vessel is a massive leap forward in capability for the growing number of owners who want to do more with more equipment, more toys, and more staff. Our vessels are perfectly equipped to support wide-ranging superyacht operations, but with a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership than acquiring a larger yacht. Plus, owners get all the benefits of flexible operations and privacy. That’s why we call it the Smart Stretch.”

Game Changer Damen Yacht Support Vessel Capacity

Rose Damen continues:

“Being so close to London – Tower Bridge is just 150 miles from AMELS – makes visiting the city very easy. London is an important superyacht center in its own right with a large number of clients as well as the brokerage community. We really noticed that when visitors came on board to judge the solution for themselves, they left very enthusiastic about all the possibilities that a Yacht Support vessel opens up. Last year we successfully exhibited a Yacht Support vessel in Fort Lauderdale and we hope to bring another vessel to Monaco later this year.”

Photos before the modifications in 2018

Animation of the helicopter hangar

Heli Hangar Yacht Support Vessel

Profile & Deck Layout

Main Specifications

Length over all:69.15 m
Beam:11.50 m
Draft:3.65 m
Gross Tonnage:1,200
Naval Architecture:DAMEN
Deck Space:250 sqm
Range:4.500 nautical miles
Deck Crane:12,000 kg
Max. Heli Weight:5,000 kg
Maximum Speed:22 knots

Impressions from London

Game Changer Damen Yacht Support Vessel London

Captured by Jeff Brown of Breed Media

Captured by Michal Bageensky

Launch Footage from 2017