Damen-built shadow vessel undergoing superyacht conversion

Written by Charl van Rooy

Oceania Marine in New Zealand are currently underway with works to transform the 50m fast support vessel known before as EDT Nefeli, into a superyacht support vessel. Advantage, according to a local New Zealand news source, is receiving a multimillion-dollar refit that will include a new storage garage on deck and tender crane.

The Damen-built support vessel Advantage started out as a firefighting and fast crew support vessel servicing offshore platforms while being in the service of the Mahita Sea Shipping company. In addition to her new superyacht-standard interior and exterior refurbishing, the vessel will also be lengthened. The ship was reportedly bought two months ago by her owner, who had her shipped to New Zealand to have the refit conducted by Oceania Marine.

The Whangarei-based shipyard is no stranger to completing works on superyachts. Recent projects by the yard include the refit of 46m Palmer Johnson superyacht Vantage, the haul-out of Fitzroy Yachts’ very last delivered yacht, Escapade, as well as the incredible transformation of Damen-built sister ship Umbra, who recently aided devastated communities after a hurricane destroyed the island of Vanuatu.

The refit project on Advantageis reported to employ 100 people from the local community, with neighbouring company Ship Repair NZ contracted to complete the heavy fabrication tasks of the project.

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