Published: Monday, 18 November 2013
Mike Fulton

The Damen-built 67-metre Fast Yacht Support vessel, GARÇON, won the Distinction for Innovation award at the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

GARÇON came out top of an industry-led voting process that assessed five shortlisted entries in this competitive and broad-ranging category. According to the ISS: “The Excellence in Innovation award is given to an individual or business that has demonstrated outstanding innovation in their endeavours within the previous year.” 

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GARÇON was designed and customised according to the requirements of the client, the owner of an 87-metre luxury superyacht. The vessel’s innovative ‘axe bow’ and underwater body shape enable her to reach speeds between 18 and25 knots in all sea states, making here a fast and dependable support ship in all conditions. GARÇON, whose sale was brokered by owner’s representative Moran Yacht & Ship, has 235 square-metres of deck space for toys such as tenders, jet skis and sailing dinghies. This vast deck space also makes room for a fully certified helipad with 5,000 kilogrammes take-off weight. 

Sales and marketing of the Damen range of Yacht Support vessels is handled by Amels. On hand to receive the award for GARÇON, was Amels’ CEO Rob Luijendijk, Sales Manager Johan Kaasjager and Mark Vermeulen, Director of Damen’s Yacht Support Division. Luijendijk commented: “It is a great honour for us that the International Superyacht Society recognises the significance of this concept developed by Damen and Amels. The Sea Axe is a patented hull design, but what makes GARÇON so special is her combination of high performance, her purpose-built configuration, great looks and yacht-quality finish.” 

With three Yacht Support vessels already delivered and another four under construction, Damen has responded to growing interest and demand with the creation of a specialised Yacht Support Department headed up by Mark Vermeulen.

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“Following the success of the Sea Axe vessels, we have expanded the range up to 90 metres in length, with our vessels based on proven heavy-duty platforms, such as Damen’s Offshore Patrol Vessels and Worldwide Support Vessels,” said Vermeulen. “With a ship of these proportions, almost anything is possible. With an inside and outside combined deck space of 800 square metres, these vessels give you huge capacity. Like GARÇON, they look great too and are the perfect complement to a luxury superyacht.”

Amels is the exclusive yacht-building member of the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group, established in 1927 and now the largest shipyard in the Netherlands. Damen consists of 40 shipyards throughout the world employing over 8,000 people in 35 countries. In 2012 the Group delivered over 150 vessels, and generated a turnover of €1.7 billion.