Just over two months after the delivery of 69.1m Game Changer, Damen, the Dutch shipbuilder, has announced the launch of their latest vessel, M/Y New Frontiers. At 55m, the new launch differs from the shipyard’s conventional Yacht Support range, with dedicated owner and guest accommodation.
Damen’s Yacht Support activity dates back to 2009, with the delivery of 51.3m Pursuit, at which point the yacht support market was a relatively unexplored sector of the yachting market at large. Since 2009 Damen has delivered 11 support vessels, gaining recognition as the world’s most prolific builders of support vessels and also making it into the Top 40 shipyard rankings in The Superyacht Annual Report: New Build.
“New Frontiers, is ripping up the rule book,” says commercial director Rose Damen. “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 a helicopter, it’s all about unforgettable experiences.”
With an open deck area of 240sqm, the 55m support vessel has a huge amount of storage capacity for tenders and toys and can carry up to 20 crew and guests. Much like other yachts in the Yacht Support range, New Frontiers has Damen’s patented Axe design, which according to Damen, results in up to 15 per cent less resistance and better seakeeping in large waves.
But, while these tried and tested attributes are included, there are a number of completely new features that set this vessel apart from the rest of the fleet. This includes an owner’s suite on the main deck, enhanced AV and navigation systems and a 30m lounge and dining area.
“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,” says product director, Mark Vermeulen. “Plus, they get all the benefits of flexible operations, straightforward maintenance and privacy,” explains Vermeulen.
New Frontiers is currently scheduled for delivery in September, and will make her debut at the 2017 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show.