Dutch superyacht builder Amels has been part of the locally family-owned Damen Shipyards Group since 1991. With approximately 6,000 employees and 34 shipyards worldwide, around 150 vessels are delivered each year. The group turnover in 2011 was 1.3 billion Euro and it is showing an annual growth of around 10%.
With four yachts to be delivered this spring the superyacht builder is helping that growth and defying the economic gloom with the busiest workload the company has ever known.
With 12 new construction projects and two major refits underway the next few weeks, will see the yard deliver two of the 180 and one of the 212 range. That is in addition to two extensive refits.
The company’s SEA AXE Fast Yacht Support vessel concept is also proving successful. With its high performance and high quality of finish, the concept is redefining the image of the support vessel as more than just a second-class work horse.
This is a purpose-designed vessel developed and built by the firm’s parent company and during the summer the latest 67 metre version will be delivered.
Hopes of it going on display at the Monaco Yacht Show this September are high.
Two 50-metre yacht-support versions have already been delivered and are in operation, with another 67-metre under construction.
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