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
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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 Friday the 15th of September, a seminar was held at the Rydes hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, which brought together representatives from Damen and Corrosion as well as Corrosion’s regional agent, Bowmar. The event focused on the prevention of fouling on box coolers and the benefits presented by Corrosion’s Impressed Current Anti-Fouling (ICAF) system.
Present at the event were a number of vessel owners, including Damen client Centreport Wellington, operator of two Damen ASD Tugs 2411. Centreport will have a webserver on board one its Damen vessels, named the Tiaki, which collects data extrapolated from the ICAF system in real time. This will be implemented during an upcoming drydocking period.
Vessel owners, including Centreport, have been very impressed by the data collected in such trials. Andrew Stevens from Damen’s Service Hub in Brisbane, said, “Damen can supply a package of parts for such a system, which will serve a vessel in-between its 5-year dockings. Included in the package are the ICAF anodes. Through our Service Hubs, we are able to organise the skilled labour to carry out the installation and commissioning.” Corrosion has been working closely together with Damen setting up a service network covering Australia and outreaching New Zealand as well. Spares and services can be delivered either through Damen or though Corrosion’s own network, whatever suits the client best.
Marcel Qualm, Service manager at Corrosion, said, “Worldwide, Corrosion has over 5800 ICAF systems in active service. We are aware that clients’ awareness of the ICAF system is essential in order to achieve optimum results. To that end, we like to invest in that to achieve the best performance. This seminar is a clear example of this philosophy in action.”
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the "Yachting Capital of the World" will host the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Nov 1 - Nov 5, 2017. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.
HISWA Holland Yachting Group will be present with 10 members, AMELS, Feadship, Oceanco, Hakvoort, Royal Huisman, Naiad Dynamics, VBH, Maxwell, Heesen and Wajer Yachts. Together they will represent the Heritage, Personality and Stability that Holland has to offer.
Fort Lauderdale Show Information
Prime Time Preview
Wed. Nov 1, Noon - 7pm
(Ticket valid any show day)
Thur. Nov 2, 10am - 7pm
Fri. Nov 3, 10am - 7pm
Sat. Nov 4, 10am - 7pm
Sun. Nov 5, 10am - 6pm
Booths & pavilions
|Amels||Hall of Fame/ Superyacht Life 14 and Slip 1|
|Feadship||Hall of Fame/ Superyacht Life 1|
|Hakvoort Shipyard||Green Zone EF11|
|Heesen Yachts||Hall of Fame/ Superyacht Life 6 and Slip 5|
|Maxwell||Yellow Zone Superyacht Pavilion 639|
|Naiad Dynamics||Yellow Zone Superyacht Pavilion 662|
|Oceanco||Hall of Fame/ Superyacht Life 11|
|Royal Huisman||Hall of Fame/ Superyacht Life 12|
|Van Berge Henegouwen||American Pavillion 835-836|
|Wajer Yachts||Tendering Amels & Feadship|