DAMEN launches the latest 70-metre yacht support vessel with helicopter hangar
Dutch shipbuilder Damen has launched GAME CHANGER, its latest 70-metre Damen Yacht Support vessel (227 ft) with helicopter hangar. Available in time for the 2017 summer season, GAME CHANGER is a fantastic showcase of the Yacht Support solution for owners who want to have more fun off the beaten track, but with a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership, Damen said in its press release.
GAME CHANGER is the fourth Yacht Support vessel in the 70-metre segment following the delivery of INTREPID, ‘6711’ and GARÇON. This latest launch also follows last year’s delivery and sale of the 55-metre showcase vessel FAST & FURIOUS (181 ft). With its Yacht Support range, Damen is now the established leader in this rapidly developing niche. In total 11 Damen Yacht Support vessels have been delivered or are in build.
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, GAME CHANGER 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. The 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.
The Smart Stretch to fully enjoy exciting new destinations off the beaten track with the Owner’s selection of toys, tenders, helicopters, submersibles – the Damen Yacht Support vessel provides the massive leap forward in capability that this example 85-metre mother yacht (280 ft) needs (including staff accommodation, provisions, equipment, dive centre decompression chamber, diesel, heli and tender fuel.
The Yacht Support range is built by Dutch shipbuilder Damen in cooperation with its Dutch luxury yacht builder AMELS. AMELS handles sales and marketing of the Damen Yacht Support range. AMELS is part of Damen Shipyards, one of the world’s largest and most successful shipbuilders.