KSD announces 65m support vessel concept Big Shadow

Written by Francesca Webster

Kirsten Schwalgien Design have developed the support vessel concept 65.1-metre Big Shadow, and has won the Good Design Award, hosted by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Her design was based on the latest Damen Yacht Support 65II platform. Big Shadow exterior design Photo: Kirsten Schwalgien DesignThe vessel features an innovative roll-in helicopter hangar, able to accommodate an Airbus H1 45, without the need to fold the rotator blades, a novel feature within the superyacht industry. With a volume of 1,380 GT and a beam of 12.7-metres, Big Shadow accommodates up-to 11 crew members and she is fully equipped with toys and tenders.Big Shadow exterior design Photo: Kirsten Schwalgien Design

When discussing the concept of support vessels, Richard Pearce, who played a role in bringing the first Damen Yachting support vessels into the market, commented that โ€œshadow vessels have increasingly specific requirements, whether it be for helicopters, extra accommodation or even medical support. Yacht support vessels and the crew they accommodate play an equal part in the ownerโ€™s yachting experience.โ€ It is the team's belief that Big Shadow will set a new standard for the industry, as well as the attitude toward shadow vessels. Big Shadow exterior design Photo: Kirsten Schwalgien Design

Big Shadow delivers a top speed of 18 knots, with a cruising speed of 14 knots and a range of 5,000 nautical miles. Big Shadow exterior design Photo: Kirsten Schwalgien Design

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