Amels Accelerates: Five yachts to be delivered this spring
Published: Monday, 02 April 2012
With 12 new construction projects and two major refits underway, Amels is in the busiest time the company has ever know. In just the next few weeks, two Amels 180 and one Amels 212 will be delivered, in addition to two extensive refits of existing Amels yachts. Amels has recorded a steady growth in annual turnover of approximately 10% over the past four years. Based on orders taken during this period, it has now become the largest superyacht builder in the Netherlands.
Amels managing director Rob Luijendijk attributes the company’s run of success to the Limited Editions concept. All exterior designs are by the renowned superyacht designer Tim Heywood, whilst a number of owners opt for a fully customised interior design. The current Limited Editions range offers four models which range from 180 feet to 242 feet (55 to 74 metres), or in gross tonnage terms, from 650 to 1720 Gross Tons, and work is already underway to develop a yacht of just under 3000 Gross Tons.
The company’s SEA AXE Fast Yacht Support vessel concept is also proving successful. This is a purpose-designed vessel developed and built by Amels’ parent company, Damen Shipyards. This summer the very large and powerful 67-metre version will be delivered, with a possibility of it going on display at the Monaco Yacht Show this September. Two 50-metre yacht-support versions have already been delivered and are in operation, with another 67-metre under construction.