Volpini 2 Yacht Amels 188

Amels 188 VOLPINI 2

Hat-trick at Amels: A repeat client ordered the first Amels 188, christened VOLPINI 2 that is also the first hybrid-powered yacht by the yard. Furthermore, it is the first Tier III yacht in the world.

The Amels 188 belongs to the successful semi-custom line Limited Editions. For the readers who don’t know, what that means: The hull and the exterior design is fully engineered and the client can bring his favorite interior designer. That saves time and costs (explained in a nutshell). The exterior design is a timeless creation by Tim Heywood. The interior of this unit has been designed by Reymond Langton.

The Amels 188 has a beam of 10.60 meters. Although the yacht is just five meters longer than her smaller sister Amels 180, the hull volume is much higher – 671 GT vs. 970 GT. Also, the beach club is much bigger. During the Superyacht Press Tour 2018, organized the Holland Superyacht Group, I had the chance to see both models at the quay and the difference was impressive.

VOLPINI 2 has a 130 sqm owners’ suite forward on the main deck with a twelve square meters fold-out balcony. The yacht has five guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP suite can be found on the bridge deck.

TIER III and Hybrid Propulsion

Amels 188 Volpini 2 Yacht

The Amels 188 meets the new TIER III regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that is an agency of the United Nations to reduce the NOx by about 70 percent of all vessels over 500 GT with the keel laying after 1st of January 2016. Although the keel of VOLPINI 2 was laid in 2015, Amels reacted proactive and equipped the yacht with a propulsion that meets the TIER III requirements.

The propulsion is a hybrid system. Amels teamed up with MTU, Veth and Hug Engineering.

The yacht will be at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 but not for sale or charter. Appointments by Amels only.


Amels 242 Superyacht Press Tour 2018

HISWA Superyacht Press Tour 2018

The Netherlands - land of bicycles, cheese, wooden shoes, awesome architecture, fields full of colorful tulips and the inventors of yachts.

The word “yacht” came from the Dutch word “jacht” that means hunt and were light navy vessels to chase pirates. Wealthy Dutch people used them also as pleasure boats.

I was one of the lucky ladies and gentlemen to attend to the Superyacht Press Tour 2018, organized by the HISWA Holland Superyacht Group that represents members of the Dutch superyacht industry.

Some weeks ago, I got an e-mail that I was nominated for the Superyacht Press Tour in its 2018 edition – A special thank you goes to the Amels shipyard who nominated me – I checked my calendar, changed some appointments I had in the week from the 28th to the 31st of May.

I got a programme with a list of journalists who are also attending. It was like the who’s who of the international yachting media. Also, the participating HISWA members are the best of the best (Feadship, Amels, Heesen, Royal Huisman, Wajer Yachts) who opened their doors for us nosy people.

Index (black text is linked for a direct jump)

Day One

Could Amsterdam a destination for superyacht owners?

The day began in Amsterdam in a meeting room of the citizenM hotel Schiphol with a meet and greet with the organizers and the other participating journalists. Furthermore, representatives of Port of Amsterdam attended to give us first insights into the plans what the Port of Amsterdam is doing to be attractive for superyacht owners. Usually, superyacht owners come to northern Europe to inspect their yachts during the building and refit process or maiden voyages in Scandinavian areas. The main area to enjoy their yachts is in the Med or the Caribbean. But if you have been to Amsterdam, you know it is a beautiful city with great architecture and all that you need. Recently, more yacht owners discovered also northern areas like Svalbard (M/Y Kamalaya, M/Y Latitude or M/Y Gene Machine). Amsterdam is on the way for a stopover and Het Scheepvaartmuseum is an awesome picture background for floating arts.

Faith Yacht Amsterdam

There are also other secured capabilities to dock a superyacht right in the city center like the Passenger Terminal and the UNESCO World Heritage City Center.

Feadship

After the presentation of the HISWA and Port of Amsterdam, we headed over to the little island Kaag to visit the Feadship facility. In a presentation, we saw some renderings of projects till 2021. Feadship has currently seven yachts from 58m to 110m (Project 1007) in the outfitting stage by famous designers like RWD, Bannenberg & Rowell, Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, and Michael Leach. Another designer is Jarkko Jämsén of the Finnish design studio Aivan who worked for XO Boats, Axopar, and some private clients.

Furthermore, Feadship showed us a rendering video of their new facility in Amsterdam where they can build yachts up to 160 meters with better access to the north sea without the complicated transport from Kaag.

Feadship's Global Order Book

40 – 60m

60 – 80m

80 – 100m

> 100m

Hiswa Superyacht Press Tour 2018

Following this interesting insights, we had a tour through the facilities and the support vessel SHERPA – a very impressive vessel. Outside the heavy duty industrial styled ship, inside the gentlemen styled interior with dark wood and an open fireplace in the saloon under the helipad.

Last but not least, Feadship invited us for a lunch at Tante Kee – a very exquisite restaurant in front of the shipyard with water view. Very professional service but it felt like eating at friends. Furthermore, we had the chance for a little cruise with M/Y AMMERLAND from 1966 that looks shiny like a new one. A nice detail for myself: Ammerland is a region next to my hometown Oldenburg and the first owners came from there.

1966

Day Two

Amels

In the morning, we arrived at the historic administration building of Amels and Damen. Although Amels is the yacht division and Damen the commercial ship part, Damen builds the support vessels and the SeaXplorer. Both brands co-exist in the superyacht industry and working together from research to sales.

After a short press conference about the Limited Editions, the Yacht Support Vessels, and the SeaXplorer concept, we got a tour through the shipyard. Speaking of SeaXplorer, there are many bold concepts in drawers of shipyards and designers but Amels sold a 65m (for 2019) and a 77m model (for 2020).

In good company: Key Facts about the Damen group

100 %

family-owned

52

companies worldwide

34

shipyards

10,000

employees

And also some key facts about the yacht division Amels

215 meters

longest covered dry dock at Amels

100

years of experience

1,100

employees

62

yachts delivered since 1982

Limited Editions

The success of the Limited Editions is impressive. The first unit of this series was delivered in 2007 (still under the same ownership), over 40 yachts were sold, six model from 55m up to 83m are available. According to Amels, every yacht was delivered on time and on budget.

Why should a UHNWI buy a semi-displacement without a custom exterior?

  • Saving costs - About 15 - 20 % can be saved, delivery on budget.
  • Saving time - Delivery on time. The Amels 180 ELIXIR had a delivery time of just 8 months. The hull of the Amels 242 below will leave the dock in just a year. A custom yacht with the design process, engineering and building can take some years.
  • Proven platform - 33 Limited Editions are delivered. Enough to eliminate constructions problems and listen to owners and crew wishes.
  • Custom interior - You can bring an interior designer of your own choice
  • Value stability - timeless exterior design by Tim Heywood, dutch quality and tested yachts since 2007.

Overview of the Limited Editions

The owner of the 4th hull of the Amels Limited Edition 242 (sister ship here) gave the permission to tour through the hull. It is very interesting to see a semi-custom yacht concept in that size. Speaking again of saving time: The hull we saw arrived six weeks ago and will be launched a year later. Yes, we are still talking about a 74m superyacht. That’s super fast and the owner can enjoy the yacht with an interior of his favorite designer. When you prefer to own a yacht with a completely own exterior design, you have to wait some years.

Amels 180 vs. Amels 188

During our visit, the third almost finished unit of a 242 was moored at the yard, a new hull of a 180, a finished and just delivered 180 and the first Amels 188 christened Volpini 2  (a repeat client with interior design by Reymond Langton). Glad to be there at the right time for a real life comparison of the yachts with almost the same size. Although the 188 is just five meters longer, the yacht has more hull volume. The Amels 180 has a gross tonnage of 671 and the Amels 188 has a gross tonnage of 970. Furthermore, the 188 got fresher lines that makes her more looking sporty but the 180 looks sleeker.

What's about full-custom yachts?

Yes, Amels can deliver full-custom too. The yard delivered 29 yachts since 1982. A 78m Espen Oeino design is currently under construction with a delivery date for 2021. Furthermore, 44 superyacht refits up to almost 100 meters are completed to date.

Rendering of the 78m full-custom project

Next stop: Oceanco

Later this day, we arrived at the Oceanco shipyard in Alblasserdam – the birthplace of one of the most exciting sailing yachts: BLACK PEARL. The massive 90m Project SHARK (unfortunately no pictures allowed – just the official pictures distributed by the yard) was still there. It was a beautiful view when our tour bus drove along the yacht. Oceanco’s administration building is full of very big yacht models and a paradise for people who are interested in yacht or ship models. The staff of Oceanco toured us also through project JASMINE that will be launched in 2019.

After that tour, we entered the new Oceanco building where another press conference took place on the foredeck of the 105m project BRAVO (Y718). A new strategic partnership with BMT Nigel Gee where announced. The core team of the large yacht division works now under the brand Lateral Naval Architects. Because of their new slogan is Ask new questions, my claim to see new innovations is very high-leveled.

James Roy, Managing Director of Lateral comments:

“We will continue to offer our services to a full spectrum of stakeholders in the superyacht yacht industry.  With our core competence in naval architecture and engineering, Lateral will remain part of the BMT group and benefit from access to the full breadth of BMT’s diverse capability, whilst at the same time strengthening its own expertise and knowledge through the strategic partnership with Oceanco.”

Superyacht Press Tour Oceanco

Day Three

Breakfast with Moonen Yachts

Moonen Yachts (known for their ocean-going displacement yachts) joined us at the hotel in Made for breakfast and gave us an overview in a presentation by CEO Johan Dubbelman of the latest/current refit (M/Y Ciao) and new build projects like 36m motor yacht BRIGADOON (a Martinique model of the Caribbean-series) and a sister ship.

Breakfast Moonen Yachts

Tank Test Paddling at Heesen Yachts

Heesen Yachts welcomed us in a well-decorated drydock (I like meetings in an industrial environment) together with the naval architecture company Van Oossanen to give us an overview of the latest projects and futuristic yachts like Project MAXIMUS, the elegant Project AVANTI, (my personal favorite of motor yacht designs) and yachts with low noise and low vibration hybrid propulsion like M/Y HOME. During the lunch, we had the chance to talk with the Heesen staff.

Heesen Yachts prepared something for us. The tank test models weren’t just decoration – they were there for a tank test hull paddling contest. Kayaks with a bulbous bow and a semi-displacement hull by Van Oossanen are very rare but should be a must-have in each superyacht tender storage.

Heesen Yachts

Arriving Royal Huisman - The shopping mall of superyachts

Later this day, we arrived Vollenhove – the residence of Royal Huisman and its subsidiary Rondal. Why do I call it the superyacht shopping mall? Together with Rondal, Royal Huisman builds all main parts under one roof. The yard is about one hour away (by car) from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (with helicopter much more faster). When the owner wants to check his project during the building process, he can see the hull, the interior (will be build up first as a mockup before it comes into the yacht) and also all the other things Rondal builds for superyachts like masts, booms, doors, hatches and so on without traveling around to all subcontractors.

Royal Huisman gave us insights in both companies. The carbon booms of Project 400 are currently under construction – massive parts with about 15 meters in length. Looked like a kayak for 20 people – and the yacht will have three of them. In the joinery, they showed us the interior of the yacht with an awesome detail. Royal Huisman documents all interiors with numbers to deliver spares very fast. The crew gives the number to the yard and they can produce a replacement without flying down to check what is needed, flying back etc.

Another big project is the refit of the 39m Schooner-rigged sailing yacht VAGRANT from 1913. The hull has been completely stripped off (including all the interiors) and looked like a new build project in the first stage. There is a lot of work for the yard to prepare the yacht for the next 100 years. But they have experience with classic yachts like the extensive refit of the J-Class sailing yacht Endeavour (JK4).

Day Four

Wajer Yachts

On the last day, Wajer Yachts picked us directly at the hotel with a Wajer 37 and Wajer 38 for a sightseeing tour through Amsterdam with all the beautiful old canal houses and houseboats, houseboats and even more houseboats. By the way, a Wajer 38 had also a role in the movie “The North” together with the Amels 180 KAMALAYA. – a must-see video for yachting and Norway fans.

The destination was Het Scheepvaartmuseum (Dutch national maritime museum) where we got a video and scale model presentation of the new wajer 55S.

VBH

With VBH (Van Berge Henegouwen), we discussed entertainment and communication technology on yachts (exactly my topic as a technology-driven guy) and potential problems with state-of-the-art technology upgrades on refit projects.

Het Scheepvaartmuseum

We got also a guided tour through the museum. Unfortunately, the time was too short to see all but our tour guide explained really good and picked the cool things for our short timeframe – ask for Anna-Maria, capable and pleasant.

Het Scheepvaartmuseum has a virtual reality room in the replica of the EAST INDIAMAN AMSTERDAM (the original was lost in 1749). The tour starts at the place where you are but it is a time journey back to the Dutch Golden Age ca. 1650 built with historic documents to get a view of how Amsterdam looked at this time. A really cool experience.

Résumé

The Superyacht Press Tour is an awesome opinion for the relation between media and the Dutch superyacht industry. Furthermore, it was also great to meet other well-known journalists like Marilyn Mower of Boat International Media, Diane Byrne of Megayachtnews.com and so on. It is like a preferment or to have a backstage ticket for a rock concert with exclusive insights and very much input. The Holland Yachting Group did a great organization. I am very thankful for the experience and the insights – I really enjoyed the trip and hope to get the chance next year again.

Would you like to know more about the Dutch yachting industry? Check out the documentary by Discovery Channel


AMELS 78m full custom Espen Oeino

AMELS 78m designed by Espen Oeino

AMELS 78m full-custom motor yacht sold!

By gross tonnage (approximately 2,850 GT), the AMELS 78m will be the largest yacht by the yard to date with delivery in 2021. The exterior design and general arrangement were created by Espen Øino while the interior design comes from François Zuretti.

AMELS 78m full custom Espen Oeino

Voices by the project partners

Espen Øino:

“For our team it is the first time we have collaborated with AMELS on a yacht project. We are very impressed by the know-how and professionalism that the AMELS custom yachts team have displayed during the design development and negotiations and look forward to working together towards making this vessel a unique custom yacht we all can be proud of.”

François Zuretti:

“We are very proud of the trust that the owner and AMELS shipyard have placed in us when selecting our design studio to take part in this project. Being involved with the new generation of custom-made AMELS yachts is yet another great opportunity to pursue our commitment to developing unique yachts that are also contemporary, comfortable, functional vessels with distinct ethnic notes.”

Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director:

“This is a particularly significant contract for AMELS and a great compliment for our Full Custom team. All of us at AMELS are looking forward to working with the owner’s team and the yacht’s designers to create this beautiful new custom yacht with the absolute highest quality that AMELS is renowned for.”

Roeland Berrevoets, AMELS Manager Projects Custom Building

“This new AMELS project is a large volume yacht with a demanding specification that will once again showcase what we are capable of in large yacht building. We have invested a lot of time and resources to develop our team and our facilities in Vlissingen for full custom building, so it’s very rewarding to start building the biggest AMELS yacht so far.”


Pollux Amels 111m Yacht

POLLUX (111m) by Amels and H2 Yacht Design

Amels and H2 Yacht Design to present the 111m concept POLLUX

Pollux has seven decks and was designed to meet the requirements of the PYC (Passenger Yacht Code). The code is for yachts with the capability to carry 13 – 36 guests. The Pollux concept welcomes 20 guests along with a crew of 48. The crew can do much work without disturbing the guests because of prudent access to all parts of the yacht.

Pollux Amels 111m Yacht
Pollux Amels 111m Yacht
Pollux Amels 111m Yacht

Jonny Horsfield, Director H2 Yacht Design:

“Our ambition was a design that drew on the AMELS DNA and heritage, but didn’t simply reproduce existing details. We have looked forward to the future design direction of the AMELS fleet, whilst maintaining a timeless look that captures the pinnacle of AMELS yacht building.”

Hans Konings, AMELS Design Manager:

“Our top team of yacht building experts has long experience collaborating with world-renowned designers and architects. We have a deep understanding of shipbuilding and our strong connections with classification societies and flag states. However you imagine your AMELS Full Custom yacht, you can be sure of the most advanced design and engineering with the absolute highest AMELS quality.”

Pollux Amels 111m Yacht

POLLUX has a large swimming pool aft on the main deck. Another smaller pool can be found on the upper deck. At the aft of this deck is a large round firepit lounge area. Guests can arrive by helicopter that can land on the foredeck.

The yard about the design and color scheme: Long sweeping lines are highlighted in the sophisticated tonal paint scheme with metallic silver and jet black gloss superstructure with high-polish stainless steel grill and cloud white hull. Sharp surfacing and edges play with light. The upper aft decks appear to float, adding lightness to the visual weight of the design.

Main Specifications

Length over all:111.70 m
Length Waterline:101.00 m
Beam:16.10 m
Draft:4.30 m
Exterior Design:H2 Yacht Design
Naval Architecture:Amels
Top Speed:17 knots
Cruising Speed:13 knots
Range:6,000 nm @ 13 knots
Gross Tonnage:4,750 GT
Guests:20
Crew:47 + Captain


Kamalaya Yacht Wajer 38

The North: Awesome Movie of M/Y Kamalaya and her Wajer 38 Tender

Personally, I like videos of yachts in cold regions more than in the Med or in the Caribbean. Here comes M/Y Kamalaya and her tender - a Wajer 38.

The venue of the performance is Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago (a group of islands with Spitsbergen as the largest island) in the Arctic Ocean. The North has two considerable protagonists.

There is the 55m motor yacht KAMALAYA that belongs to the Amels 180-series – a semi-custom yacht line with exterior design by Tim Heywood and built by Dutch shipyard Amels. The owner can bring an own interior designer. Additionally, the Wajer 38 – a design by Vripack with a top speed of 45 knots (depending on engine configuration).

But now, switch to full-screen mode, turn up the volume of your speakers and lean back.

Creative Lines from New Zealand produced this video. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t miss another adventure in Svalbard: The 45m M/Y LATITUDE in the movie: The Highest Latitude


NEW FRONTIERS Damen Yacht Support

SHADOW by DAMEN

DAMEN launched the new 55m Yacht Support Vessel SHADOW (ex NEW FRONTIERS).

SHADOW comes up with an owner’s suite on the main deck has a total accommodation for six additional guests in three suites with a focus on low noise and vibrations. There is also extra cabins for additional staff like pilots or security staff. Furthermore, there is a lounge and dining area of 30 sqm and a sundeck of 50 sqm.

The big main deck offers 240 sqm of space for tenders, toys, containers, and helicopter (with a maximum take-off weight of 3,700 kg). 190 sqm of these are equipped with standard fittings to lash the load. A knuckle-boom crane with a capacity of 12 tons can load very big tenders. At an outreach of 11.50m, the crane has a capacity of six tons. Also, an A-Frame crane can be installed to launch a submarine easily. Interior shots in the first video.

NEW FRONTIERS Damen Yacht Support
NEW FRONTIERS Yacht Support Vessel Damen

The vessel has a top speed of 20 knots and an operating range of 5,000 nautical miles and a draft of 3.20m. A good draft to have access in smaller marinas and shallow waters. At the aft are additional storages for dive equipment and water sports.

Commercial Director Rose Damen explains:

“NEW FRONTIERS is ripping up the rule book. It’s still a Yacht Support vessel, but you can’t put this vessel into one category or another – and that reflects exactly the wishes of our clients. They want their holiday to be about freedom and spontaneity – NEW FRONTIERS makes that possible. Whether it’s a weekend dive adventure trip away from their superyacht or enjoying two locations at once linked by helicopter, it’s all about unforgettable experiences and freedom. We’re very excited to introduce NEW FRONTIERS in Monaco.”

NEW FRONTIERS Yacht Support Vessel Damen

DAMEN Product Director Mark Vermeulen comments:

“A Yacht Support vessel offers superyacht owners more luxury yachting fun than ever, but at a much lower Total Cost of Ownership than acquiring more capability with a larger yacht. Plus, they get all the benefits of flexible operations, straightforward maintenance, and privacy. That’s why we call it the Smart Stretch.”

Main Specifications

Length over all:55.30 m
Beam:9.00 m
Draft:3.20 m
Gross Tonnage:496
Naval Architecture:DAMEN
Deck Space:290 sqm
Range:5,000 nautical miles
Deck Crane:12,000 kg
Max. Heli Weight:3,700 kg
Maximum Speed:20 knots


AMELS 180 LILI

LILI by Amels

AMELS delivered the 55m LILI from the AMELS 180 Line.

The AMELS 180 (Limited Editions) is a semi-custom motor yacht with a fixed exterior design by Tim Heywood. Because the most calculations are done and thanks to the experience of AMELS, the shipyard needed just 12 months to deliver the yacht with a lot of customizing.

Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director:

“Even though she shares the pedigree of the AMELS’ high-value quality and finish, LILI is very different to any other AMELS 180 we have delivered to date. Offering our clients such a high level of customization in such a short time scale is only possible working at the top of our game with complete mastery of the project management and production process. Of course, smooth communication with the Owners team is critical and we have a long-standing productive and close collaboration with IMPERIAL.”

AMELS 180 LILI

LILI got an extended sun deck of 28m (3m longer than the standard version), outdoor space is now 175 sqm. The pool on the sun deck measures 4m.

Other special features:

  • Extended aft deck
  • On Main Deck, the port and starboard folding bulwarks and sliding doors to the dining room create a light and airy connection to the sea
  • A total of 6 suites
  • A Bridge Deck Owner Suite
  • Main Deck features a large VIP Suite with a private folding balcony.
  • Crew of 12 crew plus Captain, large stores

AMELS LILI Yacht

Picture by Jeff Brown for Imperial


PLVS VLTRA Amels 242

Video: PLVS VLTRA by Amels

Motor yacht PLVS VLTRA belongs to the AMELS 242 Limited Edition.

PLVS VLTRA has an exterior design by Tim Heywood and an interior design by Andrew Winch. AMELS delivered her in April 2016.

The owner has an own deck with 240 square meters of space. This area features a forward-looking owner’s suite, ‘his and hers’ bathrooms, and an owner’s office. Aft is the owner’s lounge, with large sliding windows facing aft, capable of making the lounge an inside or an outside area.

Main Specifications

Length over all:74.00 m
Beam:12.25
Gross tonnage:1725
Guests:14
Staff:2
Crew:19
Speed:16.5 kn
Range:5,000 nm @ 13 knots


Gene Machine - Amels 180 Yacht

Short but great footage of M/Y Gene Machine

Gene Machine (ex Engelberg)built by Amels in 2013 in rough waters. Awesome footage of a beautiful yacht.

Gene Machine belongs to the successful Amels 180-series with exterior design by Tim Heywood and an interior design by Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea.

In the mid of the Atlantic

Rescue training with Squadron 751 of the Portuguese Air Force

Videos by Fraser Gow


AMELS 242

First AMELS 242 on sea trials

AMELS 242 now on sea trials on the Dutch north sea. Her beautiful lines were designed by British yacht designer Tim Heywood.

AMELS 242 #1 will be delivered on time in April and features an interior design by Andrew Winch. The long aft deck features a 6.5m swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy in a full-beam spa, with sauna, steam room, gym and fold-down beach platform.

The owner has an own deck with 240 square meters of space. This area features a forward-looking owner’s suite, ‘his and hers’ bathrooms, and an owner’s office. Aft is the owner’s lounge, with large sliding windows facing aft, capable of making the lounge an inside or outside area.

AMELS has currently two other models of their 242 under construction.

 

Main Specifications

Length over all:74.00 m
Beam:12.25
Gross tonnage:1725
Guests:14
Staff:2
Crew:19
Speed:16.5 kn
Range:5,000 nm @ 13 knots
AMELS 242 74m
AMELS 242


SeaXplorer Damen Amels

Amels / Damen SeaXplorer (Expedition Yacht 55 - 100m)

Damen (the mother company of Amels) presents a concept of a massive designed expedition ice class yacht called SeaXplorer - A luxury SUV for the seven seas.

Damen is normally the part of commercial ships, the Yacht Support Vessels and the mother company of AMELS. Now they unveiled this explorer yacht with an impressive vertical bow. The yacht concepts are available in the sizes of 55m, 65m, 75m, 90m and 100m. All versions can carry helicopter(s), submarine(s) and various tenders.

SeaXplorer Damen Amels
SeaXplorer Damen Amels
SeaXplorer Damen Amels

Ice Breaker Hull

The yacht range has ice-class up to class 6 to break 90 cm first-year ice. The yacht uses its stern to break the ice to keep comfort and performance at a maximum.

SeaXplorer Damen Amels

Rob Lujiendijk – CEO of AMELS says

“A number of experienced yachting clients approached us about adapting DAMEN’s professional vessels, so we knew from them that there were simply no globally capable luxury explorer yachts out there. And that’s also what we heard from EYOS Expeditions who have decades of experience in bespoke luxury expeditions to the wildest places on the planet. So that’s why DAMEN began developing the SeaXplorer. The result is well beyond a pretty rendering. It’s a fully developed range – something only DAMEN could do.”

Although SeaXplorer looks heavy, massive and bold, inside will be the pure luxury for journeys with maximum comfort.

SeaXplorer Damen Amels
SeaXplorer Damen Amels Interior
SeaXplorer Damen Amels Interior

55m SeaXplorer

Update September 27, 2017: Damen presents plans for a 55m version.

“With a SeaXplorer 75 and a SeaXplorer 65 from our range already sold and now under construction, this new design benefits from our dedicated SeaXplorer team’s experience and the input from our clients and partners. The SeaXplorer 55 will be at home just as much in the South of France as it is in South Georgia Island.”

Product Director Mark Vermeulen:

“The SeaXplorer 55 is a luxury yacht with real go-anywhere, do-anything expedition pedigree. It has the seakeeping performance and Ice Class capability, but we also offer lots of options for our clients – from full fairing and custom interiors to tailor-made configurations for their expedition equipment.”

75m Version

Update August 15, 2017: Damen announced the sale of a 75m version with a hangar for two helicopters protected from the elements.

“Together with his guests, our client plans to visit some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the world,” comments Commercial Director Rose Damen. “They will be skiing and snowboarding on pristine slopes like Kamchatka and submersible diving and sports fishing in Papua New Guinea and the Galápagos Islands. They will be in places with no supporting infrastructure, no roads and no heliports within range. So we designed the SeaXplorer 75 to carry out such complex operations with the highest level of safety, redundancy and autonomy.”

“Our designs in the SeaXplorer range are a great starting point to quickly create customized yachts for specific Owner requirements,” comments Mark Vermeulen, DAMEN Product Director. “The SeaXplorer 75 shares the range’s core attributes: compliance with the IMO Polar Code, the long periods of autonomy at sea, and the crossover of superyacht luxury with professional capability.” 

Damen SeaXplorer 75m

Damen SeaXplorer 75

Key Features 75m

  • Swim Platform leading to Dive Centre (prep, changing, dry room, tank store and compressor room)
  • Below-deck submersible hangar
  • Below-deck toy store for jet skis, snowmobiles, etc
  • Tender garage for 10.5-metre beach party landing craft
  • Additional dive support tender and crew/rescue tender
  • Wellness Center
  • Sun Deck jacuzzi
  • Retractable zero-speed stabilizers for use in ice conditions
  • Huge Tank Deck provisions stores and garbage management

Some rendering impressions

Profiles

SeaXplorer 65 m
SeaXplorer 65 m

SeaXplorer 90 m
SeaXplorer 90 m

SeaXplorer 100 m
SeaXplorer 100 m


Yacht Support Vessel Sea Axe

69m Yacht Support Vessel with Heli Hangar

AMELS and DAMEN sold a new 69m Yacht Support Vessel - the first one with fully enclosed LY3 / MCA certified helicopter hangar.

The fifth yacht support vessel is currently under construction (SEA AXE 6911) in the Netherlands. The delivery is planned for June 2016 to the owner.

Yacht Support Vessel Sea Axe
Yacht Support Vessel Sea Axe

SEA AXE 6911 will have a helicopter workshop under the deck and also a well-equipped dive area. The vessel accommodates a crew of 22, has 250 m² space for tenders and toys in addition to 110 m² storage below the deck.

Heli Hangar Yacht Support Vessel

Mark Vermeulen, product manager explains

“In fact, the owner’s team came to us with a lot of client-specific customisations for what was then our 67-meter platform,” he explains. “They put a lot of thought into how the owner would like to operate the Yacht Support Vessel in combination with the mother yacht. This has created new possibilities within the design, resulting in an extremely high-end yachting experience. Now we’ve put a lot of that client feedback into the updated design – the SEA AXE 6911.”