Amels signs its biggest Sea Axe contract...

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Amels signs its biggest Sea Axe contract...

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It will come as no surprise that upon delivery in 2012 this 67m yacht-support vessel – which like all Sea Axes is built by Damen Shipyards, Amels’ parent company – is destined to support one of the biggest yachts in the world.

JULY 2010

Designated 6711, which denotes LOA and maximum beam dimensions in metres, this ‘fast yacht-support vessel’ provides 360m² (3,873ft²) of exterior deck space, most of which will be decked in Bolidt’s Estec and 140m² (1,506ft²) of interior space.
She’s good for up to 25 knots. The patented Sea Axe ‘axe-bow’ design makes the vessel much less prone to slamming in big waves, so she can be driven fast, even in adverse conditions. Amels’ Damen Shipyards Group parent, the builder of the Sea Axes, has sold 24 of the design to date – the other designs are the 37m (121ft) 3707 and the 50m (164ft) 5009 – and delivered 18. The design serves all manner of offshore support roles, particularly in the oil/gas/wind-farm industries. But since first promoted just over a year ago the fast yacht support vessel concept has already attracted a number of yacht-owner clients. Of course, the idea of such craft is that they power ahead of the mother vessel to scout for anchorages and deploy tenders and toys to save guests having to wait. And when the Sea Axe concept gets this big, the vessel also serves as a good R&R refuge for mother vessel crew and staff; this 67m (220ft) will provide for up to 21 crew/staff.
The helipad is fully certified MCA LY2 and will cope with a maximum take off weight of 5.0 tonnes.

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