shipyarD SPOTLIGHT: AMELS
The Amels Shipyard story began in 1688. Once a small fishing port in Vlissingen, Netherlands, the shipyard complex was eventually expanded and still serves as the location for the Damen headquarters. The Amels we know today began in 1918 as a boat building business in the Northern part of the Netherlands. At the time, Amels was just a small shipyard. Producing about 100 vessels ranging from wooden fishing boats to steel tugboats. With plans to grow the company, Amels eventually moved their small shipyard to the center of Makkum, a quaint village in the Netherlands. There, skilled artisans worked to create stunning ships, all of which paved the way for bigger, more luxurious ships. In the mid-late 1970s, Amels began crafting luxury vessels. This shift in production helped to elevate Amels to a new level. In 1991, Damen acquired Amels, preserving the name “Amels” for its notorious quality and craftmanship.