AMELS’ latest complex RoFlo/FloRo operation provided a first look at a new 55-metre Limited Editions superyacht as she left one of the building bays in preparation for final outfitting, but it also revealed the challenges facing the busy Dutch luxury yacht builder. During the Rush Hour as summer fast approaches, there is no margin for error when it comes to AMELS’ reputation for fast, on-schedule delivery, as Production Manager Bert Beckers explains.
The 55-metre Limited Editions is one of eight new superyachts currently under construction at AMELS, from four different designs in the Limited Editions range. These include the first 74-metre AMELS 242, scheduled for delivery early next year, and the first 83-metre AMELS 272, scheduled for delivery late next year. Add a number of Refit projects, and you have a veritable Rush Hour on your hands. Even at Holland’s largest superyacht yard, delivering each individual AMELS yacht on time, with the absolute highest AMELS quality, requires precision timing and perfectly engineered operations.
“The Roll-on / Float-off or ‘RoFlo’ method is a launching operation we’ve perfected at AMELS,” Bert says. “We’ve done this 30 times in the last 8 years. Basically, we move the yacht from one of the fully climate-controlled covered building bays onto a floating pontoon, then to a floating drydock, which submerges and the yacht floats. It’s fast, efficient and low-risk for the yacht, but requires a high degree of planning and teamwork.”
Adding to the complexity, AMELS also reversed the operation (Float-on / Roll-off) on the same weekend for the hull of another new superyacht, which is now in one of the two building bays. The yard also has two fully climate-controlled drydocks, one 140 metres in length and one 200 metres in length. With direct access to the North Sea, the AMELS facility is the largest and most sophisticated superyacht yard in Holland.
The successful (and exactly on-schedule) RoFlo/FloRo operation follows the recent RoFlo launch and subsequent on-time delivery of a 55-metre AMELS 180 and the delivery of a 60-metre AMELS 199. Both now cruising the Med, these yachts prove how smoothly the AMELS Limited Editions concept works – higher quality, lower technical risk and faster delivery, on-time as promised. This is the art of modern Dutch high-value yacht building.