Amels has been building ships since 1918, but it was in 1982 with the construction of M/Y Katalina that the shipyard set out on a more specialised path. The 48-metre yacht established Amels reputation for building high quality yachts. Since this time the shipyard has built more than 50 megayachts.
The Damen Group, a powerful conglomerate that owns 40 successful shipbuilding companies, acquired Amels in 1991. However Amels is the sole yacht building division within the group.
The Amels shipyard is situated on an island, Walcheren, in the estuary of the River Scheldt, Vlissingen.
Unique selling points
The yard is the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and is part of the The Damen Group.
Amels has the flexibility to build superyachts that are fully custom and semi-custom and also have a range of five motor yacht designs ranging from 55 to 83 metres with exteriors by award-winning British designer Tim Heywood.
Amels Yachts are currently building and refitting in shared modern facilities of Damen Scheide Naval Shipbuilding.
The yard is the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands with climate-controlled halls, and 204-metre and 145-metre covered dry docks. The shipyard also offers direct access to the North Sea for even the largest of private yachts.
Located 8km away from the main Amels shipyard Vlissingen East is used primarily for construction of large military and civilian ships. Has an additional two dry docks and a 215m-covered dry dock.
Amels Yacht also specialises in their yacht refurbishment and overhaul. The shipyard has re-launched more than 30 boats, with a total length of 1,600 metres. One of the refits is the classic, 52-metre Feadship superyacht Rio Rita.
Specific yachts Amels have built include the 64.5m M/Y Aquarius, 52m M/Y Lightning, 75m M/Y Reborn and the 73m M/Y Ilona.
The largest yacht Amels have ever built was the 78m M/Y Montikaj in 1995
Amels is also in the process of building the 83-metre AMELS 272 will be the largest Amels yacht ever.