The latest new build of the popular 55-metre Yacht Support hit the water at DAMEN’s yard in Antalya
Named Blue Ocean, this yacht is the eighth launch of the 55-metre YS 5009 (182 ft) design and will be available for immediate delivery. 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.
Like previous deliveries, Blue Ocean is configured for a blend of adventure and superyacht support functions, including a 50 square-metre Aft Adventure Centre/Dive Centre accessed via the Swim Platform. The 12-tonne deck crane combined with 240 square metres of deck space is ideal for efficient lifting operations of large and heavy equipment like submersibles and large tenders up to 15 metres in length. In addition, Blue Ocean comes ready for stern A-frame installation.
Blue Ocean accommodates eight guests staying in four 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 seven and extra accommodation for four staff, pilots, security or guides. Yacht Support vessels are purpose built to carry and operate all the tenders, toys and dive equipment that owners want, without compromising luxury spaces on the mother yacht. To date 17 Yacht Support vessels from DAMEN’s Yacht Support range have been launched or are in build following the range’s first delivery in 2010.