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Damen opens up about 55m support vessel Power Play

Dutch yard Damen has revealed the first details of its latest 55.5 metre superyacht support vessel, which is currently being built under the codename Power Play.

Due to launch this summer, this will be the sixth YS5009 design from the yard. Previous examples include Ad-Vantage, Axis and Shadow.

Mark Vermeulen, product director at Damen, said: “It’s inspiring to see how a new generation of yacht owners is driving this market. It’s very dynamic; it’s not the conventional thinking about luxury yachting. Our clients have fantastic ideas for diving, aircraft, luxury toys and serious boats.

“They are planning adventures of a lifetime and even getting involved in underwater exploration, science, film-making or racing yacht events. As a shipbuilder, it’s exciting to be a part of making their ideas a reality.”

New features that will set Power Play apart from her sisterships include a 50 square metre aft adventure centre that can easily double up as a dive store or a superyacht beach club.

As with Shadow, Power Play will offer on board accommodation for up to six guests split across three cabins — meaning that this is not just a crew vessel; owners can choose to have a short trip away from the mothership and enjoy the panoramic views from the main deck lounge or the sundeck.

All of the usual yacht support functions are well catered for, with a 12 tonne deck crane and a stern A-frame for hauling heavy toys like a submersible. What’s more, Power Play’s crew quarters are large enough for an operational crew of seven people and four further staff, such as pilots, security guards or local guides.

Details of Power Play’s propulsion system have yet to be disclosed, but Damen estimates that she will achieve a top speed of 20 knots out on the open water.

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