A shipbuilding heritage stretching back centuries
Damen Yachting has a rich history in luxury yacht building. In 2018 we celebrated 100 years of Amels and we can trace the maritime DNA at our yards back for centuries. Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019.
The division combines the pedigree and heritage of our Amels yachts with our growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.
Our Dutch heritage: 1315 to 1991
We are based in Vlissingen, the spiritual home of Dutch shipbuilding. You’ll find that heritage not only in our yards but also in the families of our craftsmen and women.
Dutch centre of shipbuilding excellence for 700 years
Before it officially became a city in 1315, Vlissingen was a thriving fishing port on the North Sea. From the 14th Century it became increasingly important as a centre for building warships for the Dutch Admiralty and trading vessels for the Dutch West India Company. Around 1688, the shipyard complex was expanded. In this illustration you can see the shipbuilding activities on the site of the Damen Yachting head office today.
1991 to present: Damen
Sharing a history over borders
Damen Yachting’s heritage includes the rich shipbuilding history at our international yards. From our North Sea head office in Vlissingen, we operate multiple hull building and project locations in the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Romania.
Our team today
Since moving our Amels yacht building operations to Vlissingen in 2003, we have established the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands.
In 2005 we introduced the Amels Limited Editions range. Alongside Amels yachts, our parent company Damen later introduced its own innovative new yachting products including Yacht Support in 2008 and SeaXplorer luxury expedition yachts in 2015. In 2019, the new Damen Yachting division brought together the entire yachting portfolio.
Today we are new generation of shipbuilders with our head office in Vlissingen.