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Highly customised LIMITED EDITIONS AMELS 180

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."

OCEAN Independence and Amels Press Release: AMELS 180 sold
The owner has specified a number of areas and features for customisation on the AMELS 180, for example:

  • The Main Deck Saloon has been extended, increasing the luxury space by more than 30%.
  • The Owner's Suite will be fitted with a folding balcony, while the Main Deck Saloon will be fitted with two, providing easy access to the open air.
  • The "wide-body" specification for the Sky Saloon will create a generous amount of light and space.
  • An extra large Sun Deck will also be engineered for a Touch & Go helipad above the bridge, with a maximum take-off weight of 2000Kg. The dual use helipad adds 32 square metres to the Sun Deck.
  • Sophisticated foldable swimming stairs will be incorporated in the swimming platform.

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

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

Image by AMELS.


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Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

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