Damen Launches Support Vessel Blue Ocean
Dutch shipbuilding major Damen Shipyards Group launched its new 55-meter support yacht named Blue Ocean in its yard at Antalya, Turkey and will soon be ready for delivery.
The new vessel is the eighth launch from the 55m YS 5009 (182 ft) range and will be available for delivery in spring 2020.
The launch of Blue Ocean highlights the multipurpose role of Yacht Support vessels. She is the first Yacht Support built with a large multipurpose Main Deck hangar, which can be used for submersible and dive operations, or as a vehicle garage or workshop.
According to a statement, like previous deliveries, Blue Ocean is configured for a blend of adventure and superyacht support functions, including a 50 square-meter Aft Adventure Center/Dive Center accessed via the Swim Platform.
The 12-tonne deck crane combined with 240 square meters of deck space is ideal for efficient lifting operations of large and heavy equipment like submersibles and large tenders up to 15 meters in length. In addition, Blue Ocean comes ready for stern A-frame installation.
Blue Ocean accommodates 8 guests staying in 4 cabins, making her suitable for short breaks away from the mother yacht or overflow accommodation. She features a Sun Deck and a Main Deck lounge with panoramic views.
The vessel reaches speeds above 20 knots with a crew of 7 and extra accommodation for 4 staff, pilots, security or guides.