DAMEN/AMELS sells Game Changer


Netherlands shipyard DAMEN has sold its fourth support vessel, the 70-metre Game Changer.

It is not being shipped straight to its owner, however. It is heading back to DAMEN’s shipyard in Gorinchem, Holland, for unspecified modifications.

DAMEN’s subsidiary AMELS handled the sales and marketing of the vessel.

The yacht was designed in-house to free up space on a pleasure vessel, featuring a large amount of tender space, an LY3 certified Helipad and hanger storage (for up to 14 metre/five tonne helicopters), and a Helia 140-5S crane to lift equipment, toys and tenders on deck.

Game Changer has four main decks, housing some unique support vessel features such as a crew gym, workshop, cold storage and hospital. It is registered under the Marshall Islands flag and has accommodation for 18 crew members and five staff.

“The strength of DAMEN’s global business means we can build these large and sophisticated vessels on speculation,” said Mark Vermeulen, DAMEN’s product director. “And we also have the breadth of experience and facilities to offer fast customisation with the same team that built her. So owners get a brand new DAMEN Yacht Support vessel that meets their unique requirements, but within a matter of months – not years.”

Support Market

DAMEN has 12 support vessels either delivered or in build. The next vessel on the horizon is the the 55-metre Adventure, which is set for delivery to its owner in the summer.

This is the fourth support vessel DAMEN has built off of the SeaXplorer hull platform. It is one of the main shipbuilders throwing itself into the niche yacht support vessel market.

“It’s exciting to see how these clients are using DAMEN vessels to realise their vision of yachting,” notes Rose Damen, commercial director. “It’s not only about the capability to do more, see more and enjoy their yachts more, but we also see that our clients enjoy spending time on their yacht support vessels. So it’s very important that our vessels go far beyond commercial ship standards and that’s exactly where our experience and yachting know-how sets us apart.”