Staying small when you’re big
“When owners visit AMELS here in Vlissingen, they very quickly note the yard’s unique atmosphere, the sense of calm determination. Even though we are very busy, things run in a smooth and well organised way. But AMELS has always been much more than that. There is something extra which draws on the centuries of shipbuilding excellence here on the North Sea. We work on very large, very complex superyachts, but we get on with things in an uncomplicated, easy-going way. Even though we are the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and part of one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, in our mentality we still prefer to work like a small yard. says Rob Luyendijk Managing Director at AMELS.
A superyacht is only the beginning
The reason AMELS has become the largest Dutch superyacht builder is because we know it's not just about the yacht, it's about creating the opportunity for shared experiences and wonderful memories with your loved ones.
Rob Luijendijk: “As Managing Director, I am tempted to say that this cascades down from the top, but in fact it often feels like the other way around. It’s the feeling of determination I get when I’m here that keeps me going during my travels all over the world. Everyone at the yard knows that their role is important. This is why, when we deliver a yacht – whether it’s a new build or a refit project – we celebrate that achievement as a team, from the lead engineer to the superstructure cleaners. You can only promise the absolute highest quality if you know that every weld, every component, every finish has been applied with absolute pride in your craftsmanship.”
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On 16 March, the team behind the first AMELS 220, PROJECT WAKA, celebrated a significant milestone in her construction as the technical launch took place inside one of the covered drydocks at the AMELS yard. The 67.1-metre superyacht (220 ft) will now complete outfitting before her delivery in summer this year.
The AMELS project team celebrated the launch together with the Owner’s team, including Captain Paul Bickley and Antoine Larricq from Fraser Yachts, who also represented the Owner during the build.
“Now we are less than 3 months from delivery,” Mr Larricq commented during the launch. “Everyone is really impressed how seamless this project has been. This is the result of all those hours of work and meetings, cutting materials, selecting marbles, and now we are right on schedule.”
The AMELS 220 is a timeless design by Tim Heywood, capturing the very best of the British designer’s much-loved exterior signature. The design draws on the pedigree of the original AMELS 212 yachts delivered to date, but stands out with newly elongated decks plus a large 65-square metre Swim Platform and Beach Club (7,040 sq ft).
Winch Design created a custom interior design for the Owner. Alongside seven suites, plus large indoor and outdoor socialising areas, totalling 1,150 square metres (12,300 sq ft), the AMELS 220 offers amenities for celebrations and hosting special guests with 7-star service. A surprising amount of storage, including the tender garage for two 8-metre tenders (27 ft), supports watersports, beach parties and journeys off the beaten track.
The ocean-going world traveller is proven for her performance and comfort, with a highly fuel efficient full displacement hull form and energy recovery system on board.