Welcome to AMELS ® | Dutch Yacht Builders
A shipbuilding heritage stretching back centuries, our story.
Damen Yachting has a rich history in luxury yacht building. In 2018 we celebrated 100 years of Amels and we can trace the maritime DNA at our yards back for centuries. Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of our Amels yachts with our growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.
Our Dutch heritage 1315 to 1991
We are based in Vlissingen, the spiritual home of Dutch shipbuilding. You’ll find that heritage not only in our yards but also in the families of our craftsmen and women.
Dutch centre of shipbuilding excellence for 700 years
Before it officially became a city in 1315, Vlissingen was a thriving fishing port on the North Sea. From the 14th Century it became increasingly important as a centre for building warships for the Dutch Admiralty and trading vessels for the Dutch West India Company. Around 1688, the shipyard complex was expanded. In this illustration you can see the shipbuilding activities on the site of the Damen Yachting head office today.
Many of us at Damen Yachting come from a long line of shipbuilders in the south of the Netherlands – for centuries the heart of Dutch shipbuilding. Our Vlissingen City yard is the former Royal Schelde yard, acquired by Damen in 2000. We are proud to continue the tradition of local shipbuilding expertise. We like to show first-time visitors our historic Royal Schelde headquarters at the yard. The history of Dutch shipbuilding is embodied in the great halls of this magnificent building.
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