International superyacht brokers OCEAN Independence and Dutch superyacht builder AMELS are delighted to announce the sale by OCEAN Independence broker Jeroen Minnema of the first AMELS LIMITED EDITIONS 180, designed by Tim Heywood. Due for delivery in May 2013, the latest in the AMELS premium semi-custom range will measure 55 metres long, with a beam of 9.4 metres and a Gross Tonnage of 650 tonnes.
OCEAN Independence’s Swiss-based Management Division, OCEAN Management, has also been appointed to manage the project for the Owner making this the fourth project that OCEAN Management will have run in co-operation with AMELS.
AMELS managing director Rob Luijendijk said: “We always welcome and listen carefully to new ideas and innovations from our clients, and with this yacht our design and engineering teams have been able to accommodate all the owner’s wishes. This has resulted in a high level of customisation and new features being incorporated into the specification for this AMELS 180, and we’re delighted to be working again with OCEAN Independence and OCEAN Management on such an exciting project. With the sale of two AMELS 177s at the end of last year, followed by the AMELS 199 and now this latest AMELS 180, the yard is going to be busier than ever. This shows we really are on the right track with the LIMITED EDITIONS concept.”
Minnema commented: “The LIMITED EDITIONS premise is to offer clients a premium semi-custom design that provides room for personalisation, yet which allows the owner to enter the project and take delivery in much less time than a fully custom-built yacht. Tim Heywood’s design for the AMELS 180 fulfilled the owner’s wishes in every respect.”
The owner has specified a number of areas and features for customisation on the AMELS 180, for example:
Since the concept was introduced in 2005, eight LIMITED EDITIONS yachts have been delivered, the most recent delivery is the AMELS 212, IMAGINE. Eleven more projects are under construction. Currently being finalised are design details for what will be the largest in the range, the 73.5 metre-long AMELS 242. At this point the LIMITED EDITIONS fleet will range from 650GT to 1700GT in gross tonnage.
The AMELS yard in Vlissingen is operating at 100% capacity. (Videos of LIMITED EDITIONS models can viewed on www.amels-holland.com)
AMELS is the exclusive yacht-building member of the Dutch DAMEN Shipyards Group, the largest shipyard in the Netherlands, consisting of more than 34 shipyards and marine-related companies throughout the world. DAMEN, a family owned company, employs over 6,000 people, delivered 150 vessels in 2010 and has an annual turnover of approximately €1.3 billion.
Main particulars LIMITED EDITIONS AMELS 180:
LOA: 55.00 metres
Beam: 9.40 metres
Gross Tonnage: 650 Gross Tons
Owner & guests: 10
Crew: 14 plus captain
Speed: 15.5 knots
Range 4,500 nm @ 13 knots
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