By Robert Wielaard
With the year not even half over, Amels says 2015 is shaping up to be a winner. The company made four deliveries in the spring and is now building eight yachts, including an 83m Amels 272, the yard’s largest ever. It is due for delivery in late 2016.
Additionally, Amels says it has just refitted a 96m project and is completing a 49m refit.
Managing director Rob Luijendijk says Amels has never been busier as the market is showing a shift to larger yachts. Amels’ Limited Edition marks its 10th anniversary this year. Amels has built 20 to date. That success led the yard this year to begin full custom building in the 80 to 110m segment.
Market enquiries for large projects “has been an important factor in developing our Amels Full Custom offer,” says Luijendijk.
Putting a smile on his face, and that of many of his Dutch counterparts, is the revival of the US market suddenly relishing an improvement in the euro exchange rate of at least 25%.
Luijendijk says there are currently “more than 900 craftsmen at the yard. This is the highest level of activity in Amels’ history.”
His 2015 deliveries include the pearly-finish, 60m Madame Kate, a Tim Heywood design that will be on show at Monaco.
Amels has been part of the massive Damen Shipyards group since 1991. In 2009, Damen introduced an axe bow that makes riding patrol and offshore supply vessels a lot more comfortable than classic bow designs.
Amels has put that axe bow on yacht supply boats ferrying toys, tenders, gear and crew to and from superyachts. In 2016, it will deliver its fifth such superyacht support vessel, a 69m project with an enclosed helicopter hangar below the helideck.