Damen launches dive-ready 55m support yacht Blue Ocean

Written by Charl van Rooy

Damen launched a new 55-metre yacht support vessel at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey this week. The support yacht Blue Ocean is the latest unit in Damen’s growing 55-metre yacht support fleet and the eighth version of its YS 5009 design. Built for adventure support with special features that will make Blue Ocean the ideal dive buddy, the vessel will be available for immediate delivery this spring.Blue Ocean yacht launch at DamenPhoto: Tom van Oossanen

Blue Ocean is the first yacht support vessel by group to be built with a dedicated main deck hangar. This versatile space is designed to facilitate dive operations and can even be used as a vehicle storage space or technical workshop. Further to her dive support is an optional A-frame crane that can be installed for safe craft launches and a 50 square metre dive centre accessible from the swim platform. She comes fitted with a 12-tonne crane and 24 square metres of open deck space.Blue Ocean yacht launch at DamenPhoto: Tom van Oossanen

Not only designed to be functional, Blue Ocean can comfortably welcome up to eight overnight guests in four individual cabins for longer dive excursions or off-the-beaten-track trips with friends. She operates with seven crew with additional quarters for up to for staff. Blue Ocean support yacht by DamenPhoto: Damen

Built for all-weather cruising, the vessel can reach speeds of up to 20 knots and cover a distance of 5,000 nm without having to refuel. The sub 500 GT Blue Ocean has a draft of 3 metres that allows her to safely cruise in shallower areas. Blue Ocean support yacht by DamenPhoto: Damen

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