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Amels sells first 67m Sea Axe Fast Yacht Support Vessel


Amels has sold the first Sea Axe 6711, a 67-metre Fast Yacht Support vessel. The vessel will be built by Damen Shipyards and is the largest vessel in the Sea Axe range, the Sea Axe 6711 boasts 360 square metres of exterior deck space and 140 square metres of interior deck space, and will comfortably accommodate up to 21 crew and staff.

Due for delivery in Spring 2012, the Sea Axe 6711 is being customised according to the requirements of the client, the owner of a large luxury superyacht. For example the deck will be fitted with a helipad fully certified to M.C.A. LY2 (large yacht code), capable of supporting a large helicopter with maximum take-off weight of 5000kg.

Aside from its sheer size and load-carrying capacity, a number of characteristics marks out the Sea Axe 6711 as very different from most vessels in the yacht support market. The patented Axe Bow makes the vessel much less prone to slamming in big waves, and makes it possible to drive the boat fast in even the most adverse sea conditions.

Different engine configurations are available, but if speed is of the essence, then the Sea Axe 6711 is capable of delivering up to 25 knots of boat speed.

The other aspect of the Sea Axe that differs significantly from most yacht support vessels is in the attention to detail and level of finish. The Sea Axe can be faired and painted to yacht standard, and in the case of this first order of the Sea Axe 6711, the deck will also be finished in Bolidt artificial teak. Combined with the sleek and purposeful design of the Sea Axe hull, these aesthetic features make this a vessel worthy of accompanying luxury superyachts on their travels. The interior also receives the same attention to detail, with Sea Axe cabins decorated and furnished to the equivalent standard of the crew quarters of an Amels luxury yacht.

As owners become ever more adventurous and inventive with the way they use their superyachts, so the need for a reliable Fast Yacht Support vessel increases. Amels managing director Rob Luijendijk commented: “The Sea Axe 6711 is not only very large, but very versatile in her capacity to serve the mother ship. She can operate as a scout vessel for anchorages and suitable sites for fishing and diving expeditions, for example, and the sea-keeping qualities of the Axe Bow contribute to a stable platform for safe helicopter take-off and landing. This sale of our first Sea Axe 6711 demonstrates the growing demand in the market for purpose-built Fast Yacht Support vessels.”

In addition to the Sea Axe 6711, other options in the Sea Axe range are the smaller 3707 and 5009 models, all available in customised configurations. To date, 24 Axe Bow vessels have been sold, of which 18 have already been delivered.

Amels manages the sales and marketing for the Sea Axe range. Amels is the exclusive yacht-building member of the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group, consisting of more than 34 shipyards and marine-related companies throughout the world. Damen, a family owned company, employs over 6,700 people, delivered 150 vessels in 2009 and has an annual turnover of approximately €1.4 billion.

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