With 25 projects underway, business is booming for Amels, the Dutch luxury yacht builder.
This spring, the two brands representing the yachting division of the Damen Shipyards Group had no less than 16 yachting projects in the Netherlands and nine additional hulls under construction.
The current project numbers further establish them as the largest luxury yacht builder and refit provider in the Netherlands. With a full house at its main yard in Vlissingen, the yacht builder is expanding at its second facility, Vlissingen East, a few kilometres away.
Part of the Damen Shipyards Group, the Vlissingen East yard now includes a dedicated 200-metre building hall for Yachting as well as the largest covered dry dock in the Netherlands. At 215 metres in length, the dock can easily accommodate the largest yacht in the world.
Spring deliveries completed so far at the builder’s two facilities in Vlissingen include refit projects Dytan and Ventum Maris, as well as new build Amels 180 Papa, all on time and on budget. Since departing the yard, Papa journeyed to the Mediterranean to welcome her owner on board for the first time. “Amels have performed outstandingly,” says Papa Build Captain Paul Bessant. “We’re on time and on budget. In fact four weeks ahead of schedule and not only that but in my opinion beyond expectations.”
During the next few weeks, Amels and Damen will deliver five more new builds and three more refit projects. “We’ve never been so busy,” explains Marketing Manager, Victor Caminada. “The superyacht-shaped inner harbour in front of the main yard plays testament to that. We recently had six superyachts lining the quayside with five more inside and another two refit projects at our Vlissingen East yard. That is almost 1,000 metres of superyacht and it doesn’t include the three yacht projects under construction at Damen Shipyards elsewhere in the Netherlands.”