Dutch shipyard Royal Denship has announced its comeback with news of two projects under construction. The Urk-based yard, now part of Hartman Marine Group, is currently building Royal Denship 137, a 42m explorer yacht, and in March it will launch Royal Denship 80 Classic, a new 24m motoryacht that has been designed as a ‘showcase-yacht’.
The new explorer model will be the first superyacht to come out of the shed following the company’s bankruptcy in 2009.
The last yachts delivered by the Dutch shipyard were an 85′ FB and an 82’ Open Triple 8 (ex. Caneli), the sistership to Waterlily. Both ordered at the same time and delivered in the spring and summer 2007.
The financial crisis put construction and the brand to a halt until now. “Hartman Marine Group gives us the financial backing needed to operate and at the same time secure future clients investment and thereby their Royal Denship build,” Kasper Fritz Bandholm, COO of the Dutch shipyard, told SB.
“The Royal Denship 137’ Expedition started following our decision to focus on sea-worthy, go-anywhere, expedition yachts in the future,” Fritz explains.
The first construction milestone in the new explorer model was achieved on 21 December last year as the staff laid the keel of the vessel. She is scheduled to make her maiden voyage in 2017.
The general styling of this model is in place and the engineering work is progressing well. “We are in the very early stage of the build and therefore moving forward on time and on budget.”
The Royal Denship 137 Explorer is being built on spec but Fritz hopes an owner will join the project. “[The yard is] able to adjust the yacht’s features, styling and layout changes to the owners needs and wishes,” Fritz says.
Royal Denship 137
The styling and naval architecture of Royal Denship 137 is by Kroes & Poortinga, a Dutch design studio with experience in commercial ships.
With a build-time of 24 months, Royal Denship 137 is 9.6m beam round bilge displacement motoryacht in steel and aluminium. She has been designed to be equipped with two Caterpillar C32 Acert with rated output of 746kW at 1800 RPM. These can provide a cruising speed ranging from 11ks to 14ks and a reach of 4000nm.
She has also been designed to carry a 50Hz electrical system and two diesel generator sets will be fitted, complete with sound enclosure.
Commenting on the year ahead, Fritz says: “Our plan for 2016 is to launch and present our showcase-yacht in the Med and some of the main shows in the region. At the same time [we want to] establish sales channels in the main yachting markets. Service cooperation has already been established in these main areas, to secure future owners the optimal level of support.”
Fritz notes that the Royal Denship 80’ Classic, which has also been designed by Kroes & Poortinga BV, will not be for sale but it can be bought. “The reason for this is that she is purely meant as a showcase and she is a bit too small for our future size focus,” he explains.
In addition, the shipyard has revealed details of the new designed Royal Denship 130 Patrol Yacht.
She has been styled by René Van der Velden Yacht Design and features accommodation to 10 guests in five cabins and for a crew of seven. The design includes a full beam main deck and a beach club ,which includes a 7.5m tender, two jetscooters and gym equipment. The yacht is 499 GT and has a range of 5,000nm.
The Royal Denship 130 Patrol Yacht can also be built in 24 months from order.