2 orders confirm Damen’s leadership in high-end explorers

By Robert Wielaard

VLISSINGEN – Damen Yachting is granting a first look at a 58m (190ft.) custom yacht that epitomizes the yard’s edge in manufacturing complex expedition yachts and its knack for short delivery times.

By starting hull construction early, the yard could promise the client to deliver a customizable platform in under two years. Typically, a custom-built superyacht takes at least three years to build.

Separately, the company won an order for a 72m SeaXplorer with hybrid propulsion (left). General Manager Rose Damen called it “an absolutely unique project. We are proud to be at the forefront of a new segment of luxury expedition vessels.”

The 1440GT vessel will have a power and propulsion configuration of two main engines and PTO/PTI hybrid electric drives. Onboard battery power is substantial for normal operation, including quiet nights at anchor without generator power.

Damen Yachting, part of family-owned Damen Shipyards Group, has to date built more than 100 Amels-branded superyachts, SeaXplorer expedition craft and Yacht Support vessels. The latter two, introduced in 2009 and 2015, respectively, have revolutionized high-end yachting. The 58m SeaXplorer has “ocean-going autonomy for up to 30 days,” meaning it can stay at sea for a month without making a port call. It has chilled garbage storage and wastewater tanks to sail sustainably in zero-discharge zones.

58m SeaXplorer

Damen Shipyard’s Group’s strength lies in building standard platforms for commercial vessels and yachts to cut costs and accelerate delivery times. The SeaXplorer-58 is the third such Damen Yachting vessel. SeaXplorers are high-luxury yachts that blend Damen’s Amels-branded Limited Edition superyachts and its shipbuilding technology.

The yacht has a certified helideck over an outdoor lounge, bar and pool area, says Damen Yachting’s SeaXplorer Design Manager Enrique Tintore. “The yacht boasts an 11.4m performance sailboat, two large multi-role tenders, a wide range of toys and road and off-road vehicles and motorcycles,” he adds.

The 1,900GT yacht has an Ice-Class hull, six suites for 12 guests and a bow observation lounge. There is room for a 15-strong crew and extra accommodation for two expedition staff. The SeaXplorer range came about with input from EYOS Expeditions, the British group that specializes in exploring remote cruising areas.

Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 13,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries.