Quick Q&A: Rose Damen on yard activities at Damen Yachting

Written by Laura Nicholls

With six weeks to go until Dutch yard Damen Yachting opens its doors for a special Private Viewing Event, it's clear the company has made the most of its time spent on lockdown. The team has not only put together an exciting programme for the 17-19 September event, but has ensured the yard remained fully-operational during the past four months, continuing work on the 21 projects currently in build. Overseeing all of this is Damen Yachting’s MD, Rose Damen, who shared fresh intel with us on the recent goings-on and plans for the upcoming Private View.  Rose DamenHow are plans for the Private Viewing Event shaping up?  

As the Monaco Yacht Show is normally such a milestone in our annual calendar, we didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to present our products, so we found a way to showcase Damen Yachting by bringing the clients to us in a safe environment. I expect to see our most loyal fans there, as well as captains, brokers and designers.  

The yachts we have on-site will be dressed up as if they were in a yacht show, plus, we will have virtual tours to keep numbers in line with the Covid-19 regulations. With Here Comes The Sun here for a refit, as well as the Amels Limited Editions 242, Amels 200, Amels 206, La Datcha and the 55-metre Yacht Support Blue Ocean, the yard will be full.  La Datcha yacht launch in VlissingenPhoto: Tom van OossanenCan you give an update on the current in-build projects?  

There are lots of exciting things happening! Our two new Amels 60 yachts are coming together nicely: the hulls and superstructures are already at the yard and are going to be merged soon. The two Amels 200 are also progressing well, and the Amels 242 is in the final stages as we perfect the Winch Design interior. At the yard we also have a 62-metre and 78-metre under construction, so when I look out of the office window it is really an impressive view.  Amels 60 yacht exterior designPhoto: AmelsCan you tell us more about how the Amels 60 came to be?  

This model has essentially replaced the Limited Editions 180, which is still popular, but at the height of its success we knew we had to come up with something new – additionally, at some point, we would have had to upgrade the platform to suit Tier III regulations, so the timing seemed right.  

As the new model we can build on stock with a short-delivery time, the Amels 60, I think, is one of Espen Oeino’s best designs. We chose Espen as he and his team really listen and think about a yacht in the same way we do: it is not just a yacht for a client, but should be a successful yacht range for the industry. At Damen Yachting, we are open to work with other designers and are always looking for good ideas. These processes are a great way to learn more about our industry.  Blue Ocean support yacht by DamenPhoto: DamenIn recent news, it has been revealed that the Damen Group has unfortunately cut over 1,000 jobs. Can you share more information on the situation?

This decision does not affect the Damen Yachting division and/or its construction work. We are still working on and investing in our plan for the future, based on zero-emission sailing, digitalisation and standardisation of our platforms. But as my colleague and Damen spokesperson, Robin Middel, explains in our recent statement (shared below), the offshore sector has moved rather slowly as of late.  

“Partly due to the low oil price, work in the offshore sector is slow. This, combined with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, means that organisational changes are necessary for the short term to adapt the company to the new reality. As a result, some 1,050 jobs will be lost worldwide. 

The organisational changes fall almost entirely within the ‘mid-sized vessels’ division. In Romania, 870 jobs have become redundant and so have 173 jobs in the Netherlands. It is expected that the number of redundancies can be limited by means of internal mobility within the Dutch branches. The relevant works councils have been asked for advice and consultations are being held with the Dutch unions.” Damen SeaExplorer La Datcha yacht technical launch in Galati Photo: Tom van OossanenFor more information on the Private View keep an eye on both damenyachting.com and superyachtimes.com. Private viewing is by invitation only with no general admission to the yard during the event.  



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