On 27th, July, DAMEN SeaXplorer marked a milestone in the construction of the ‘SeaXplorer 77’ expedition yacht at a keel laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Galati on the banks of the Danube.
Following the construction of her hull, the 77 m luxury expedition yacht will be towed to Damen’s Vlissingen East yard in the Netherlands for completion and on schedule delivery in 4Q20.
‘SeaXplorer 77’ is a customised design from the DAMEN SeaXplorer range. The yacht accommodates 12 guests in six suites with full custom interiors, featuring the finest luxury quality and finishing created by the owner’s choice of interior designer. The 25 crew, pilots and expedition staff operate the submersible, tenders, toys and two aircraft with a fully certified helideck and helicopter hangar.
“The ‘SeaXplorer 77’ is the largest of two projects we are currently constructing from our SeaXplorer range,” said Product Director, Mark Vermeulen. “The ‘SeaXplorer 77’ shares the range’s core attributes: compliance with the IMO Polar Code, the long periods of autonomy at sea, and the crossover of superyacht luxury with professional capability. But the design incorporates many specific client requirements, such as his passion for heliskiing.”
The construction of ‘SeaXplorer 77’ makes use of the Damen Shipyard Group’s global strength, including:
⦁ Overall management from Damen’s yachting headquarters in Vlissingen in co-operation with superyacht builder AMELS, part of Damen since 1991.
⦁ SeaXplorer design and engineering at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands.
⦁ Hull building at Damen Shipyards Galati, the largest of Damen’s 33 shipyards worldwide.
⦁ Final construction and outfitting at Damen’s Vlissingen East yard, located just a few kilometres from the Vlissingen City yard where AMELS operates. A commercial and naval shipyard, Vlissingen East is an integral part of the yacht building and refit offering. A number of superyacht refit projects for yachts measuring over 90 m have already been completed.