Damen to build largest Dutch superyacht ever

Amels and Damen Yachting have won a contract for a new build 120-metre superyacht by Espen Øino. When delivered in 2025, Project Signature will be not only the largest Amels, but also the largest superyacht built to date in the Netherlands.

Imperial represents the unnamed owner and will supervise construction throughout the build. The Amels yacht is the builder’s third full custom project now on order. The project is the ninth Amels yacht project to be built in collaboration with Imperial since 2009.

‘We’re extremely honoured to have been selected for this major 120-metre superyacht project,’ says Rose Damen, Managing Director of Amels and Damen Yachting. ‘The yacht builds on our strong relationships with both Imperial and Espen Øino. We have an excellent team on this project, including our designers and engineers at our yard as well as our production department and of course the amazing pool of talented suppliers and subcontractors on our doorstep. Everyone involved is very excited and looking forward to delivering the very best yacht for the owner.’

Project Signature is the second Amels full custom project with designer and naval architect Espen Øino and his team. ‘We are obviously very enthusiastic to be a part of this exciting project, the largest ever built by Amels. Collaborating with the great teams from Imperial and Amels has strengthened our existing thriving relationships. Our team has worked tirelessly to create a yacht with a unique layout and a timeless external appearance blending edgy design with elegant curves. We very much look forward to seeing this impressive yacht come to life during the build process.’

World’s largest superyachts

So far, the largest Dutch built superyachts are the Jubilee (110 metres, delivered in 2017) and Anna (110 metres delivered in 2018) by Oceanco and Feadship respectively. Relatively small when considering the world’s record holder currently is the 181.5-metre REV Ocean built by Fincantieri in Italy.

The largest yacht delivered by Amels/Damen so far is the 83-metre Here Comes The Sun in 2016. In December 2019, Amels launched another 78-metre full custom superyacht designed by Espen Øino. Although shorter than the Here Comes The Sun, it is larger by volume.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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