This shipyard has become a real pioneer among support vessels and has been proving for several years with its successful projects that this industry is really very popular and even owners of impressive yachts need it. Another confirmation of these words is the recently introduced Damen ‘Game Changer’ vessel.

Debuted ‘Game Changer’ really bright and casual audience certainly remembered for a long time. Returning with sea trials, the ship solemnly entered the British capital; On this occasion, built the famous Tower Bridge, and everyone could watch such an unusual yacht.
Often, such boats are in the shadow of their “mother” superyacht and follow it on the heels, so they are often called shadow boat – boat-shadow. But still, to call the ‘Game Changer’ just a floating warehouse is unlikely to turn the language, because it has broader tasks. First, the ship is pretty fast, its maximum speed is more than 20 knots, which means that the ‘Game Changer’ can even outrun the superyacht it accompanies. Also, its tasks include calling at the right port to replenish food, water, waste fluids and debris.
In addition, the ship is very “hardy” – it can perfectly keep the course, despite the strong pitching and bad weather conditions, and also overcome 4 500 nautical miles at a speed of 16 knots at one gas station.

But the most memorable innovation on the ‘Game Changer’ was the takeoff and landing area for the helicopter, which takes the aft part. Firstly, its size makes it possible to land a helicopter of a larger size, which means high passenger safety even in the most unpredictable weather conditions. Under the platform is a full hangar for the helicopter, which during the transitions protects the device from the destructive influence of sea water, and here is a repair shop. On board Damen there are necessary spare parts for repairs and special storage for fuel, including jet fuel Jet A-1, organized in accordance with the strictest requirements of fire safety. All this involves not only ensuring the smooth operation of numerous tenders and water toys, but also even refueling the “mother” yacht if necessary.

The lower level, which is under the open deck, has an area of ​​110 m2 – in one part there are storages of provisions, water, some extra things, as well as a diving center for staff. In the other part of the lower deck there is a crew compartment for 22 people, where the level of comfort and infrastructure is often even better than on a superyacht of the same size. And among other things, the number of cabins can be increased or vice versa in accordance with certain requirements. The crew may include doctors, a guide, a coach, a guard, a helicopter pilot, and of course, all of them can be placed on an escort ship.

Damen ‘Game Changer’ partially took its appearance from the vessels servicing the oil platforms. A patented ax-bow body with a vertical nose allows you to guarantee safety in any, even the most difficult weather conditions.
Ship support Damen ‘Game Changer’ length of almost 70 meters, a width of 11.5 meters has an open deck of 250 m2. At this site Damen can carry at once a whole arsenal of various boats and not only. For example, on the ship’s decks there are 11.3-meter Wajer limiter, a 10.5-meter rescue RIB made at the Damen shipyard, a water ski tow and a U-Boat Worx submarine designed for 2-4 people. And all this is only a small part of the “opportunities”, the rest of the space will subsequently be filled with additional tenders, scooters, Jet-ski, Lampuga and other water toys. Rapid descent to water and lifting back to the deck of all these boats will provide a crane mounted on an open deck with a carrying capacity of 15 tons.

The control post was designed in accordance with the latest electronic standards. The skewed wheelhouse windows came from the world of tankers, trawlers and other workhorses, which may look somewhat out of date, but they provide excellent visibility and safety. If desired, a system of holding the specified Dynamic Positioning course can be installed on the ship, which will be superfluous, given the constant stay near the main yacht.

In general, the content of such a 70-meter vessel in bundle, for example, with a 60-meter main yacht costs several times cheaper than servicing one even a 100-meter yacht. Yes, and such a volume of auxiliary options and storages can not be organized on one yacht. It is rumored that its functionality and quality are so popular with many owners that the emergence of a full-fledged explorer based on Damen Yacht Support is not far off.


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