Dutch superyacht builder Amels is defying the economic gloom with the busiest workload the company has ever known, with 12 new construction projects and two major refits underway. In just the next few weeks, for example, two Amels 180 and one Amels 212 will be delivered, in addition to two extensive refits of existing Amels yachts.
Despite the global economic challenges of recent times, Amels has recorded a steady growth in annual turnover of approximately 10% over the past four years, outperforming the competition by a considerable margin. Based on orders taken during this period, Amels has now become the largest superyacht builder in the Netherlands.
Amels managing director Rob Luijendijk attributes the company’s sustained run of success to the company’s Limited Editions concept. “It bridges the gap between full custom and semi-custom building,” he said. “Owners have come to realise that while the full custom option offers the ultimate in personalisation, there are many unknowns in embarking on a custom project - will the boat be reliable, how will it perform, will the build stay within budget and will it be delivered on time? Limited Editions answers all those concerns and Amels has earned a reputation for delivering yachts of the highest quality on, or even ahead of, schedule.”
All exterior designs are by the renowned superyacht designer Tim Heywood, whilst a number of owners opt for a fully customised interior design. The current Limited Editions range offers four models which range from 180 feet to 242 feet (55 to 74 metres), or in gross tonnage terms, from 650 to 1720 Gross Tons. However, in keeping with growing demand for Amels yachts, work is already underway to develop a yacht of just under 3000 Gross Tons.
The company’s SEA AXE Fast Yacht Support vessel concept is also proving successful. With its high performance and high quality of finish, the SEA AXE 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 Amels’ parent company, Damen Shipyards. This summer the very large and powerful 67-metre version will be delivered, with a possibility of it going on display at the Monaco Yacht Show this September. Two 50-metre yacht-support versions have already been delivered and are in operation, with another 67-metre under construction.
Amels has been part of the Dutch family-owned Damen Shipyards Group since 1991. The Damen Shipyards Group specialises in technically sophisticated vessels. With approximately 6,000 employees and 34 shipyards worldwide, around 150 vessels are delivered each year. The turnover in 2011 was 1.3 billion Euro with an annual growth of around 10%.