A second order has been signed for a SeaXplorer expedition superyacht by the Damen Shipbuilding Group and Amels, its dedicated superyacht division. The 75m (246ft) craft is due to be completed in 2020 and is said by the Dutch group to be “highly customised” with an “exceptional capability for heli-skiing, diving and other tropical and polar adventures.”
When the SeaXplorer was launched it came in three sizes of 65m, 90m and 100m, so this latest order is an extended 65m or downsized 90m. Damen say the vessel will stand out not only with a dive centre and submersible hangar, but also a complete floating heliport for two aircraft. There will also be a dedicated snowmobile space and snow room for changing into or out of skiing gear.
A spokesman for Amels was unable to reveal the value of the order or whether the owner was European, American or another nationality due to strict confidentiality agreements.
“Together with his guests, our client plans to visit some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the world,” says commercial director Rose Damen. “They will be skiing and snowboarding on pristine slopes like Kamchatka and submersible diving and sport fishing in Papua New Guinea and the Galápagos Islands. They will be in places with no supporting infrastructure, no roads and no heliports within range. So, we designed the SeaXplorer 75 to carry out such complex operations with the highest level of safety, redundancy and autonomy.”
The company stated that, in accordance with the owner’s requirements, Damen’s team of naval architects and engineers created the highly-customised 75.15m SeaXplorer with a gross tonnage of approximately 2,500 tonnes. The owner will take delivery in the second half of 2020.
The SeaXplorer 75 accommodates 12 guests as well as 25 crew and expedition staff. The full-custom interior will feature the finest luxury quality and finishing created by the owner’s choice of interior designer. The layout includes plenty of outdoor spaces for ‘al fresco’ dining and enjoying the sun and sea, plus the SeaXplorer’s unique bow point observation lounge with panoramic views, and seven luxurious suites on the main and upper decks.
“Our designs in the SeaXplorer range are a great starting point to quickly create customised yachts for specific owner requirements,” said Mark Vermeulen, Damen product director. “The SeaXplorer 75 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.”
The cooperation within the Damen Group means that the SeaXplorer 75 hull will be built in one of the Damen shipyards, possibly in Romania, and the fit-out will be carried out at Amels. The first order for a SeaXplorer was for a 65m model which will be delivered in 2019.