Damen inks first cruise newbuilding

2019-03-31T19:59:15+00:00 March 31st, 2019|Ships|

Damen Shipyards Group recently signed a contract with Oslo-based SeaDream Yacht Club for a 155 m mega-yacht, marking the company’s first cruise ship order.

Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Damen Cruise, Andrea Trevisan, said, “We are delighted to sign this historic contract with which the Damen Shipyards Group enters the cruise market. We feel very honoured that SeaDream has chosen Damen to deliver this special project and are looking forward to a long-term co-operation with this unique ultra-luxury brand.

”There has been an immediate connection with SeaDream, a family company like Damen. We felt inspired by the company’s philosophy and by Atle Brynestad, a pioneer in the luxury cruise industry. His passion throughout the design and contractual stage of this project has been simply contagious to all of us within the Damen organisation,” she said.

The purpose-built mega yacht will be built to operate worldwide, including Polar and tropical waters. As a result, the vessel will be built toIce Class Polar Code 6 notation.

“We were drawn to Damen Shipyards for their excellent reputation and proven track record as innovators in the shipbuilding industry,” said Atle Brynestad, Owner, Chairman and CEO of SeaDream. “Damen Shipyards understood our vision from the very beginning, making them a natural fit for this venture. We are looking forward to working closely with the Damen team to bring this dream to reality.”

Theshipyard group launched its new venture, Damen Cruise, in 2018. Though a new entrant to this particular market, Damen has, for over 90 years, delivered ships to diverse sectors of the maritime industry, including construction of adventure and mega yachts and complex offshore, naval and ropaxes.

The SeaDream vessel will be built and outfitted, including the interior, at Damen’s Mangalia yard, working in partnership with leading suppliers.

Damen will commence construction of the vessel in October of this year, with a scheduled delivery date of September, 2021.