Amels, SeaXplorer and Yacht Support unite forces under new Damen Yachting division

Dutch yard Amels has announced th birth of Damen Yachting, a new division within the Damen Shipyards Group set to re-affirm the continued success and strong order book of the Group’s growing yachting portfolio and to strengthen the family-owned yard’s identity.

In practical terms, the yard will continue to deliver superyachts from the Limited Editions range under the Amels brand whilst SeaXplorers and Yacht Support will now be delivered under the new Damen Yachting brand. The Damen Yachting portfolio also includes Full Custom yachts and Refit services.

More than 15 Yacht Support vessels have been delivered since the concept was launched in 2010 and this year the yard will deliver its first SeaXplorer. “Controlled growth and fast delivery have been key to the success”, states the company. “In 2019, we delivered a total of 6 projects and sold 7 new build projects. Damen Yachting currently has more than 20 new build and refit projects on the go with 6 yachts for delivery this year”.

“I am immensely proud to be leading Damen Yachting. In bringing the entire yachting portfolio together, we are further strengthening our operations, fortifying our in-house expertise and teams of specialist craftsmen and women and guaranteeing maximum efficiency across the world’s best yacht building facilities”, explains Rose Damen, Managing Director Damen Yachting. “We are all facing the current and future challenges of Covid 19 but this new organisational structure puts us in a strong position for success. The diversity within the portfolio is a reflection of what modern yachting is all about and I am very excited to be taking on this next chapter in my family’s shipbuilding history”.

Damen Yachting’s head office will operate out of Vlissingen City yard, home to the Amels’ production facilities. The company benefits from a 500 strong workforce including inhouse design and engineering teams, project management teams and a Customer Care team. Other Damen Yachting locations include Vlissingen East, Damen Yachting Gdynia, and project sites in Damen Shipyards Antalya, Damen Shipyards Galati and access to more than 35 Damen shipyards worldwide.