In 1990, Her Majesty Princess Margriet visited Damen Shipyards Gorinchem for the naming ceremony of a lifeboat named in her honour.
EXCELLENCE AT SEA. AMELS
Damen’s superyacht company joined the group in 1991. Amels, originally based in the northern Netherlands Province of Friesland, has been building ships since 1918.
Soon after joining Damen, Amels’ operations were moved to Vlissingen in the southwest of the Netherlands. Amels’ current location has a rich history of shipbuilding dating back centuries.
It was in 1982 that Amels constructed its first yacht, the Katalina, setting it on the path to becoming the most successful superyacht builder in the Netherlands. Since then, Amels has delivered almost 60 superyachts, including, in 2017, its largest to date, the 83 metre Here Comes the Sun.
At 75 metres, Montkaj was the longest yacht ever built in the Netherlands when her owners took delivery in 1995. The same family is still enjoying this iconic Amels Full Custom superyacht almost a quarter of a century later.
|Thanks to continued investment, Amels has grown into the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands.||AMELS was the first Dutch yacht builder to slash harmful NOx emissions by almost 80 percent.|
Damen’s international spread has brought about a two-way exchange as clients and personnel from all over the world have come to the Netherlands when visiting the head office. An example of this is the visit, in 1998, of the crew of a vessel that was being built at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem for an African client. The crew stayed in the city for some time, during which they took every opportunity to discover their surroundings – even visiting Madurodam, where miniature versions of iconic Dutch landscapes and buildings are displayed.