The Dutch shipyard Damen has announced the sale of their latest 55.3-metre Yacht Support Vessel, New Frontiers. Built on speculation and completed last summer, she was debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show and has now been christened Shadow.
Shadow provides accommodation for up to six guests across three cabins including a main deck owner’s suite. The vessel offers a generous lounge and dining area and an impressive 50 sqm sundeck, allowing for luxurious living onboard during expeditions away from the mothership. Among her amenities, there is a helipad, an adventure centre aft featuring large stores, a dive centre, and an A-frame installation to launch and retrieve personal submersibles. As for her performance, Shadow can reach a top speed of 20 knots with a range of 5,000 nm.
Rose Damen, Damen Commercial Director, so commented upon the new support vessel: “It’s still a yacht support vessel, but you can’t put this vessel into one category or another – and that reflects exactly the wishes of our clients. They want their holiday to be about freedom and spontaneity – New Frontiers makes that possible. Whether it’s a weekend dive adventure trip away from their superyacht or enjoying two locations at once linked by helicopter, it’s all about unforgettable experiences and freedom.”
Damen Product Director Mark Vermeulen continues: “A Yacht Support Vessel offers superyacht owners more luxury yachting fun than ever, but at a much lower total cost of ownership than acquiring more capability with a larger yacht. Plus, they get all the benefits of flexible operations, straightforward maintenance and privacy.”
The sale of New Frontiers comes around a year after the sale of Fast & Furious (now Axis), and follows New Frontiers’ support of demonstration dives of Triton’s superyacht-optimised Triton 1650/3 LP submersible during a four-day event in the Balearic Islands last October.