YARD UPDATE '07: Amels Holland...

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YARD UPDATE '07: Amels Holland...

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Plenty of 171s and 212s...

JUNE 2007

So good are things for Amels currently that it has no fewer than 10 new-build projects on its books that add up to around 560m worth. The big success has been its 52m (171ft) 650GT semi-custom 171 Limited Editions series that no fewer than six contracts have been signed and a seventh is said to be on the verge of signing.
Amels saw Deniki, the first of its 171s, handover in April this year and the second as at the close of summer is almost there. And the third and fourth should complete for April and June ‘08.
Tim Heywood was responsible for the wonderfully sculptured styling of the 171, but interiors will be custom affairs. For instance, the interior of first 171 was down to Peter Heuvelmans. But the second and third are the work of Laura Sessa. The second 171 has a slightly different exterior too, in that it will be a ‘wide-body’ version, meaning no full side decks at main-deck level.

  'Last year saw Amels deliver three new-builds...'

In all an Amels 171 should take around 22 months to complete, which includes approximately six months for fabrication and 16 months for fit out. Amels learnt a lot building motoryachts of this size, following its success with the 'Tigre d’Or Series'. Prices for the Amels 171 begin at around €39 million.
Also on the schedules is the first of a new 64.7m (212ft) semi-custom model, now referred to as the Amels 212 ‘Limited Editions’ series. Being built ‘on spec’, she has been styled externally by Tim Heywood too. The keel for hull number one was laid in May ’07.
Last year saw Amels deliver three new-builds. The first to leave Vlissingen was the sleek 58m (190ft) Andrew Winch-styled Gu. Next away was the 68.5m (224ft) Walter Franchini-designed big-volume motoryacht Lady Anne, although she was actually the last to complete at the Makkum facility. The last of the three to deliver from Vlissingen was the 64.50m (212ft) Terry Disdale-designed Shanti.
Amels now concentrates all its activities at its impressive facility in the heart of Vlissingen (Flushing), having sold a couple of years ago its original Makkum facility in the north of Holland to Feadship yard De Vries. There it employs around 250 or so people directly, although once subcontractors are included there are usually over 400 people to be found on site on any typical day. Capacity at the Vlissingen site is now at least 200m (656ft), plenty big enough for all current yachting demands, says Amels sales director Rob Luijendijk. However, only the fitting out work is done there, as Damen Group shipbuilding facilities in Gdynia, Poland, handle the fabrication work.
Since it started in the yacht sector in ’82, Amels, which actually traces its roots back to 1918, has delivered no fewer than 30 new-builds and completed several significant refits.
As a guide to prices, a semi-custom 171 would be around €38 million and a 212 in the region of €66 million. A full-custom project of 60m such as Gu would weigh in at around €45-50 million.
Amels also handles major refit projects.
With annual sales of around €1.4 billion, the Damen Group — which majors on shipbuilding, commercial and military vessels — employs around 8,700 people across 34 operating companies scattered around the world. In all it usually has around 150 projects in hand at any one time.

For more, www.amels-holland.com.

© Phil Draper