The two new vessels are, unlike their smaller Sea Axe hull sisters, based upon full displacement platforms from Damen’s offshore and naval product groups. The 8317 (83m in length and 17m wide), is based on a full-displacement World Support Vessel platform. The 9014 model (90m in length and 14m beam) is designed using Damen’s existing Offshore Patrol Vessel. “These are big vessels," says Amels' marketing manager Victor Caminada. "On the 83m, you can park four helicopters in the hangar inside!”
“Garçon has been out and about and visible over the place and people have actually seen her operate,” Caminada says. “She supports the mother ship and relieves her of all the hassle of tenders and helicopters and things that owners don’t like to have on board when they have guests. So it has generated a lot of interest and we continue to field enquiries.”
Amels has 6 yacht support vessels in total, with three already delivered and three under construction.
“Within Damen, we’ve matured the yacht support concept,” says Caminada. “The Yacht Support product group brings together a team of experts that combine Amels’ superyacht experience with the technical knowledge of Damen’s support vessel team in order to deliver yacht support proposals, quickly. By the next Monaco Yacht Show, I hope to introduce these new designs to the market.”
An example of Damen's 8317 platform, designed for buoy laying and hydrographic survey work, which might be adapted to yacht support
Damen's 90m offshore patrol vessel OPV 2400.