Dutch ship builder Damen, has announced that its most recent delivery, 55m New Frontiers has been sold following the yachts appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. Now with five further yachts under construction, two of which are being built at the shipyard’s Qatar facility, Damen has certainly established a name as the world leader in support vessel construction.
Having completed its construction in September this year, New Frontiers is the first Yacht Support vessel delivered with owner and guest accommodation, as opposed to norm of only having crew accommodation. The shipyard is now building the sixth 55m support vessel, which is scheduled to hit the water before the summer of 2018. While sticking to the same arrangement as the previous 55m support vessels, Damen has announced that the new construction will be equipped with a host of new yachting enhancements, with an even bigger watersports store.
Lending credence to the success of the Damen support yacht range this year, the 51.3m support vessel was recently features in the BBC documentary, Blue Planet II with Sir David Attenborough and used for her on board ocean research laboratory, a base for submersible operations as well as searching and filming by helicopter. Furthermore, New Frontiers was also used to support demonstration dives of Triton’s superyacht optimised Triton 1650/3 submersible in October.
Commercial Director Rose Damen comments, “Whether a mesmerising weekend dive adventure to Truk Lagoon or Cocos Island, or enjoying two locations at once linked by helicopter, or all the benefits of a lots of large tenders, toys, submersibles and storage, our Yacht Support range is all about unforgettable experiences and freedom.”