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Tooled up: Inside the Allen Exploration fleet

Tooled up: Inside the Allen Exploration fleet

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55m Damen Yacht Support

Image courtesy of Jim Raycroft

Allen spotted the Damen support vessel, ex New Frontiers, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2016. “Just touring it, I knew I had to do the deal.” Renamed Axis, the yacht support platform was fitted with a garage to house a Triton sub, an Icon A5 aeroplane, a complete dive shop – soon to include a decompression chamber – plus top-notch crew quarters and guest cabins. Fitted with top-of-the-range electronics, it has a paperless bridge and dynamic positioning. “The DP is not the quietest thing in the world, but it is amazing.”

The support vessel holds 60,000 gallons of fuel, so it can supply the whole fleet, and its watermaker produces 20,000 gallons of fresh water daily. “We can actually supply islands with water. We get a lot of sail boaters that come up to us [for water], and I’m always happy to oblige.”

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