Dutch shipyard Damen has reported that a total of 11 yacht support vessels have been delivered or are in build to date.

Damen Gamen Changer

Game Changer features a fully certified helideck and 250sq m of open deck space for tenders and toys

Damen shipyard in the Netherlands has launched Game Changer (project YS 6911), a new 70m (227ft) yacht support vessel. Game Changer is the fourth yacht support vessel in the 70m segment following the delivery of Intrepid, 6711 and Garçon.

This latest launch also follows last year’s delivery and sale of the 55m (181ft) showcase vessel Fast & Furious. “Our clients want to go to exciting new destinations with less established superyacht infrastructure and they want to have more fun with larger tenders, larger helicopters and submersibles,” comments Damen product drector Mark Vermeulen.

Vermeulen adds: “They also want to take more staff, guides, pilots and security personnel with them. Game Changer is the massive leap forward in capability that they need, but at a much lower cost than a larger yacht. Plus, they get all the benefits of flexible operations and privacy. That’s why we call it the Smart Stretch.”

Yacht support vessel

Damen has reported that a total of 11 yacht support vessels have been delivered or are in build to date. Game Changer features a fully certified helideck so owners can take larger helicopters on long range flights to their mother yachts and land safely in a wider weather window.

Lowering the helicopter into the hangar protects it from the elements so it is refuelled and available for take-off without causing hassle, disruption and noise on the mother yacht. In addition, she has 250 square metres of open deck space for tenders and toys.

The large deck crane makes logistics and handling simple, fast and safe. Below deck there is a further 110 square-metre storage space/dive centre.

Project YS 6911 has offices, facilities and accommodation for 22 crew and staff. It can carry a huge amount of extra provisions, fuel (marine, aviation and petrol), luggage and spare parts.