Damen launches yacht support vessel Blue Ocean

Damen’s latest 55-metre yacht support has hit the water at the yard in Antalya. Named Blue Ocean, it is the first yacht support built with a large multipurpose main deck hangar, which can be used for submersible and dive operations, or as a vehicle garage or workshop.

It is the eighth launch of the 55-metre YS 5009 design and will be available for immediate delivery this spring. Like previous deliveries, Blue Ocean is configured for a blend of adventure and superyacht support functions, including a fifty-square-metre aft adventure centre/dive centre accessed via the swim platform.

New on this yacht support is the reduced draught making it suitable for Bahamas operations (3 metres).

The 12-tonne deck crane combined with 240 square metres of deck space is ideal for efficient lifting operations of large and heavy equipment like submersibles and large tenders up to fifteen metres in length. In addition, Blue Ocean comes ready for stern A-frame installation.

Four-cabin layout

Blue Ocean accommodates eight guests staying in four cabins, making it suitable for short breaks away from the mother yacht or overflow accommodation. It features a sun deck and a main deck lounge with panoramic views.

The vessel reaches speeds above twenty knots with a crew of seven and extra accommodation for four staff, pilots, security or guides.

Vessel particulars

  • Length: 55.5 metres
  • Gross Tonnage: 499
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Range @ 10 knots: 5000 nautical miles

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.