The largest support vessel built by Damen Yachting has been delivered and named Abeona. The custom shadow vessel departed the shipyard's Vlissingen site at the end of January and arrived in Gibraltar after successfully completing sea trials.
Formerly known by the project names YS 7512 and Wingman, the vessel has been spotted with the name Abeona. The name comes from the Roman era, when Abeona was the goddess of voyages and departures.
The identity of the superyacht which she will be supporting has not yet been confirmed but sources suggest she could be the support yacht of Y721, or Koru, the yacht reportedly commissioned for Jeff Bezos.
The vessel hit the water in October showing off a grey hull, orange boot stripe and Damen Yachting's signature high forebody and open aft deck, which will be used for storing tenders and toys.
The model has been designed in-house and features a 12.6 metre beam and an impressive volume of 1,900GT, which includes the capacity to store emergency relief support equipment.
Elsewhere, the vessel features a helipad and hangar for a D14 value helicopter and will be equipped with an array of marine gear, as well as additional tenders and toys that aren't carried on board the mothership.Read More/Spotted: 127m Oceanco Y721 Koru on sea trials
Due for delivery in early 2023, the support vessel has accommodation for a total of 45 people, including crew, guests and other specialist staff.
Speaking at the beginning of its construction, Damen Yachting sales director Rob Luijendijk said: “At the time of delivery, she will be the 17th yacht support delivered. She will also be [Damen Yachting's] largest to date, which I think continues to show the scalability of the support solution for large superyachts.”
According to BOATPro, YS 7512 marks the eighth-largest support vessel in the world.