The Dutch defense, shipbuilding, and engineering conglomerate Damen Shipyards Group has owned Amels since 1991. Since then, megayachts have become a key business component, further seeing new brands emerge. To unite them all, the formal Damen Yachting division has formed.
Customers who commission either the Amels Limited Editions projects, like the new Amels 206, or the fully custom yachts from Amels will not experience anything different. Neither, for that matter, will customers who want the rugged-looking Yacht Support craft, or the new SeaXplorer series. Similarly, the relationships with subcontractors and suppliers will remain the same. The biggest difference will come in the nomenclature. Specifically, both the SeaXplorer and Yacht Support projects, as well as the custom megayachts, will carry the Damen Yachting branding at delivery. The Limited Editions yachts will retain Amels’ branding. Yet another difference will involve the refit division, now bearing the Damen Yachting branding, too.
Rose Damen, Damen Yachting’s managing director, sees the new structure paying big benefits. “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,” she asserts. “ The diversity within the portfolio is a reflection of what modern yachting is all about.”
Damen Yachting headquarters are at the Vlissingen yard. This is where Amels has long been constructing the Limited Editions yachts. Overall, Damen Shipyard Group has 35 different facilities worldwide, including in Turkey, Poland, and Romania.
Deliveries scheduled for later this year will be the first to bear the Damen Yachting branding. These include La Datcha, the first of the SeaXplorers (which will also be available for charter). Additionally, five other yachts are under construction for handover by the holidays. Plus, several refits are underway.
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