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Game Changer visiting London  Picture: Jeff Brown/Amels

A rare sight on the Thames, DAMEN’s new 70-metre GAME CHANGER (227 ft) has spent three days in London to promote the Yacht Support range of vessels. Visitors enjoyed a full array of tenders, toys and a submersible, but GAME CHANGER also prompted many serious discussions about safe helicopter operations.

“GAME CHANGER made a big impression on the owners, captains, brokers and designers who joined us on board, particularly with its helicopter capability and all-weather protected hangar,” comments AMELS Commercial Director Rose Damen, who is also responsible for DAMEN’s yachting portfolio. “When it comes to superyacht helipad design and operation, many in the industry are re-examining accepted practice and rethinking the level of risk that we are asking owners to accept for their family and friends. GAME CHANGER really offers the ultimate yachting solution for professional helicopter operations.”

GAME CHANGER features a fully certified LY3 helideck suitable for charter/commercial use and based on DAMEN’s long experience building to stringent offshore regulations. GAME CHANGER’s owner can operate larger helicopters with 5-tonne maximum take-off weight and D14 rotor diameter. These long-range aircraft can land safely night and day in a wider weather window. Lowering the helicopter into the hangar protects it from the elements so it can be refuelled and made available for take-off without causing hassle, disruption and noise on the mother yacht. The hangar and refuelling systems – including Jet A-1 fuel tanks holding 10,000 litres – are built to high safety and fire-fighting standards.

In addition to the helicopter capability, visitors on board also appreciated GAME CHANGER’s purpose-built yachting features and quality finish, explains DAMEN Product Director Mark Vermeulen.

“This was a great opportunity to offer a closer look at the Yacht Support concept – which is still a relatively new phenomenon in the industry,” he notes. “A Yacht Support vessel is a massive leap forward in capability for the growing number of owners who want to do more with more equipment, more toys and more staff. Our vessels are perfectly equipped to support wide-ranging superyacht operations, but with a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership than acquiring a larger yacht. Plus, owners get all the benefits of flexible operations and privacy. That’s why we call it the Smart Stretch.”

GAME CHANGER is the fourth Yacht Support vessel in the 70-metre segment following the delivery of INTREPID, ‘6711’ and GARÇON. 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. The Yacht Support range is based on DAMEN’s patented and proven SEA AXE range of offshore vessels – DAMEN has sold more than 200 of these vessels. GAME CHANGER is now returning to the AMELS yard in Vlissingen the Netherlands where it is available for immediate delivery.

“Being so close to London – Tower Bridge is just 150 miles from AMELS – makes visiting the city very easy,” Rose continues. “London is an important superyacht centre in its own right with a large number of clients as well as the brokerage community. We really noticed that when visitors came on board to judge the solution for themselves, they left very enthusiastic about all the possibilities that a Yacht Support vessel opens up. Last year we successfully exhibited a Yacht Support vessel in Fort Lauderdale and we hope to bring another vessel to Monaco later this year.” (Note from Editor: Read here the post about “Axis”, ex Fast & Furious. She was displayed in Monaco and Fort Lauderdale as mentioned above)


* Length overall 69.15 metres (227 ft)

* Beam overall 11.50 metres (38 ft)

* Draught (full load) 3.65 metres (12 ft)

* Gross Tonnage 1,200

* Naval architecture DAMEN

* Speed (maximum) 22 knots

* Range @ 16 knots 4,500 nautical miles

* Staff/crew 22

* Deck space 250 square metres

* Deck crane 12 tonnes

* Heli max. take-off weight 5,000 kg


Axis(ex. Fast and Furious), 55m, Damen

Axis (Mitte), sowie die Amels Yacht Elixir (2.v.l.)

Axis ist eine 55 Meter lange Support Yacht von der niederländischen Werft Damen. Gebaut wurde sie im Jahr 2016 und in demselben Jahr auch das erste Mal der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Ausgestellt wurde sie auf den Yacht Messen in Monaco, sowie auf dem amerikanischen Markt in Fort Lauderdale, wo sie allerdings noch unter dem Namen Fast and Furious bekannt war. Die bereits sehr erfolgreiche Yacht Support Reihe wurde mit dem Modell YS 5009 bereits auf fünf Modelle erweitert. Damit reicht stehen unter anderem Support Schiffe von 43 Meter (YS 4008) bis zu 90 Meter (YS 9016) Länge zur Auswahl. Die in Monaco ausgestellte Yacht erreichte eine Höchstgeschwindigkeit von 22 Knoten und reist mit 16 Knoten, dabei hat sie eine Reichweite von 5.000 nautischen Meilen. Eine siebenköpfige Crew hält an Bord alles im Auge und bereitet die Toys und Tender für ihre Einsätze vor. An Deck befinden sich 225m² Fläche die für Tender, von Beibooten über ein UBoot, bis hin zu einem Hubschrauber, verwendet werden kann. Während der Monaco Yacht Show befand sich zudem ein Tauchcontainer an Bord. Der eigene Schiffskran kann bis zu 12 Tonnen in einem Radius von 5 Metern heben und senken.

Wer sich sein eigenes Yacht Support Schiff bauen lassen möchte, kann aus fast unzähligen Möglichkeiten den Platz an Deck nutzen. So ist es zum Beispiel möglich sich nicht nur ein voll zertifiziertes Hubschrauber Landedeck zu installieren, sondern es besteht auch die Möglichkeit einen Hubschrauberhangar zu verbauen.

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Ein kleiner Eindruck von den Staumöglichkeiten an Deck

Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Auch dieses Jahr trafen sich bei der jährlichen Yacht Show in Monaco Werften, Designer und Broker um die neuesten Projekte zu präsentieren und die ausgestellten Yachten vorzustellen. Neben einigen Weltpremieren konnten auch bewährte Yachten, sowie kürzlich überarbeitete Yachten angeschaut werden. Ebenso besuchten Eigner die Show um sich nach einer neuen Yacht, neuem Tender oder neuem Spielzeug umzuschauen. Hier nun ein kleiner Vorgeschmack auf die, in den nächsten Wochen, folgenden Beiträge über die 26. Auflage der Yacht Show.

This year the 26th  annual Yacht Show in Monaco took place, where all the shipyards, designer and broker presented their new projects and yachts for visiting. Including world premieres, established and refitted yachts. Also owners visited the show for buying a new yacht, new tender or some toys.  Here is attached a small foretaste for the blog posts which follow in the next weeks.