Where to stow all those ‘toys’ that burden the superyacht owner was a question thankfully answered at the recent Monaco Yacht Show by luxury yacht builder Amels in the form of their superyacht ’shadow’ craft, the 67 meter (220.3 ft) long Garçon.
Superyacht Support Vessel Garçon: Photo courtesy of Amels
A speedboat, sets of jet-skis, a sailboat, perhaps even a submarine and a helicopter, all take up space that might otherwise be used for serious leisure aboard the superyacht, yet despite changes to the recently revised Large Yacht Code (LY3) which will lift the 3,000 gt size limit for new-builds from late 2013, it seems a growing number of superyacht owners do find the support vessel an attractive proposition. Not only does the craft provide an answer to the space problem, but it also enables fuel and store replenishment at sea, thus avoiding the need for extended voyage itineraries to be figured around bunker port calls.
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Delivered to the Republic of Cape Verde last month, the Damen Stan Patrol SPA 5009 is based on their Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009. This vessel features an ‘Axe Bow’ which delivers high speeds with low fuel consumption and is the first Offshore Patrol Vessel version. The Sea Axe concept was developed for patrol boats by a team combining Damen Shipyards, Delft Technical University, the US Coast Guard, the Royal Netherlands Navy, and Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN). Rather than bouncing over waves, the Sea Axe design cuts through them, limiting speed degradation due to wind and waves. The LOA is 50 m, beam 9.4 m and draft 3.5 m. A propulsion system of four Caterpllar C32 main engines delivering 1450 hp (1081 kW) at 2300 rpm drive four shafts via Reintjes WVS 730 reverse reduction gearboxes with four fixed pitch propellers up to a maximum speed of 23 knots. [More]
Energy saving, fuel economy of 15%, by reducing frictional drag on the immersed hull by means of injected streams of air bubbles has been proven effective by recently concluded practical tests. Two years of trials of a technology known as ‘Air Chamber Energy Saving’ (ACES) installed in a working Dutch inland waterway tanker back up this claim.
Damen Shipyards in Holland commissioned the exercise in the Dutch inland waterway tanker Till Deymann provided by subsidiary company Bodewes Binnenvaart back in 2009 on the heels of detailed analysis of tank-testing and computer modelling (at the Dutch Institute MARIN in Wageningen and DST laboratories in Duisberg, Germany), that indicated the time was right for putting ACES to the test under operational conditions.
Till Deymann, chosen for conversion in order to test out the ACES system, was a standard 'River Liner' type 11.45e product from the Damen yard, of 2858 dwt, with a LOA of 110 m, moulded breadth of 11.45 m, and a d... [More]