Damen Opens Joint Venture Yard in Vietnam

MarineLink.com
Monday, March 24, 2014
Photo: Damen

On March 20, Vietnamese Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong, carried out the official Vietnamese ribbon-cutting ceremony for the latest addition to Damen Shipyard Group’s portfolio. Damen Song Cam, a brand new yard, is one of the largest in the group and represents Damen’s first formal Joint Venture yard in Vietnam.

Damen said Song Cam is considered state-of-the-art, bringing a western shipyard designed to meet European health, safety and environmental standards into a Vietnamese environment. The yard will produce around 40 ships annually in the first phase.

Damen has an established history in Vietnam and has been working with five shipyards for more than 12 years. Pim Schuurman, Managing Director of Damen Holding Vietnam, is delighted to see Damen Song Cam officially open its production hall. “We have successfully built 226 vessels in Vietnam with our partner yards. Vietnam has a lot of shipbuilding knowledge, the people are very hard working and in the next stage of Damen’s Vietnam journey we are looking forward to having our own Joint Venture shipyard, which has been designed to maximize efficiency.”

Chris Groninger, Managing Director of Damen Song Cam commented, “Damen started building in Vietnam for the first time at Song Cam yard and this venture was such a successful cooperation for both Damen and Song Cam that we decided to bring this to the next level and that led to Damen Song Cam.”

Schuurman added, “Damen built up its presence in Vietnam by subcontracting to yards in HaiPhong initially and the number-one yard was Song Cam and now it is great to see it become our partner in Damen Song Cam.”

With direct access to open sea, the new yard is based on a 43-hectare site, of which 500m is directly alongside the River Cam. The yard has a 120 meters long x 85 meters wide outfitting hall, plus extensive paint and carpentry workshops.

Damen Song Cam is set to become the largest series producer in the group therefore everything revolves around efficiency. The shipbuilding hall is in fact a dedicated outfitting hall, with three overhead cranes of 25 metric tons each over every bay.

Additionally, Schuurman explained special work platforms are fitted at 5 and 8 meters, so employees are able to work very close to the main deck of the vessels, making the logistics very efficient and the walking distances very short. “Components can be stored on the platforms so outfitters don’t need to climb up and down; it is as if you are building the vessel on the ground floor. Everything is to hand so it is less tiring for people.”

Swing arms on the top of the vessels give access to power, oxygen and compressed air. A Rolls-Royce Syncrolift shiplift, with a platform of 60 meters long x 24 meters wide, is also on site. And directly next to the site of Damen Song Cam there is a further 43 hectares, which will be developed as a maritime industrial zone.

The paint shop is an air-conditioned, controlled environment. “This is very important given the humidity here. A controlled environment is very important for us to be able to guarantee Damen quality,” Groninger added.

In the short term, Damen Song Cam will also be carrying out all of the detailed engineering in Vietnam and they will be directly ordering parts and components within Damen’s framework agreements.

Around 300 people currently work at Damen Song Cam but when phase 2 is realized – whereby up to 80 vessels can be built annually - this could rise to 800. Damen indirectly employs around 5,000 people in Vietnam and most people have worked for the Dutch shipyard group for many years.

Damen said it has invested a great deal in training and the transfer of knowledge to Vietnam. More than 50 engineers have been trained in the Netherlands and many more will attend courses in the Netherlands and Vietnam. Additionally, an office has been established in HaiPhong and in the next six months Damen is looking to open a base in Hanoi.

Schuurman, who has been visiting Vietnam for decades working on building long-lasting relationships with the yards there, is very proud to see a brand new shipyard come into being. And Damen’s bond with the country is becoming even stronger as the group’s relationship with its other partner yards is formalized into joint ventures, he added.

Damen works with Song Thu (Da Nang), Song Cam/Ben Kien (HaiPhong), 189 (HaiPhong) and Ha Long Shipyard (Ha Long). Recently, the original Song Cam Shipyard merged with Ben Kien and this organization is owned by Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC), formerly known as Vinashin. By the end of 2014, Damen will have formed a joint venture with the newly merged company Song Cam/Ben Kien, as well as with Ha Long.

damen.com
 

  • Photo: Damen

    Photo: Damen

  • Photo: Damen

    Photo: Damen

  • Photo: Damen

    Photo: Damen

  • Photo: Damen

    Photo: Damen

  • Photo: Damen
  • Photo: Damen
  • Photo: Damen
  • Photo: Damen
Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Coast Guard Foundation to Honor USCG in Miami

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

Maritime Broadband Opens Office in Greece

Maritime Broadband has expanded its worldwide footprint by opening an office, Maritime Broadband Hellas, in Athens, Greece. The new office addresses the growing

Renewable Energy: Schottel Tidal Turbines Ready For Use

In the last months Schottel  successfully tested its hydrokinetic turbines in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The full-scale tests included 260 operating hours under realistic conditions.

Shipbuilding

Catamaran Passenger Ferries Delivered in Angola

Incat Crowther announced the delivery a pair of 30m catamaran passenger ferries, Macôco and Panguila, to Instituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola. The vessels, built by Astilleros Armon in Spain,

Offshore Oil: Lamprell Completes Caspian Sea Drilling Unit

UAE-based Lamprell said that it completed construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, Mercury, for service in the Caspian Sea.   "I am delighted

TRIYARDS Buys into Aluminium Shipbuilding Expertise

TRIYARDS Holdings Limited, an offshore vessel fabrication and engineering solutions provider to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, has added new capabilities, products

Ship Repair & Conversion

Mitsubishi Super Skiving System

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed development of the "Mitsubishi Super Skiving System" for machining internal gears with high speed and outstanding precision.

Messer to Debut MetalMaster Xcel

Messer Cutting Systems said it has answered the call from manufacturers that have been demanding a faster, more accurate way of producing cut parts. Messer’s

Rolls-Royce Expands in the Canary Islands

Rolls-Royce announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, Canary Islands that it said will enhance the service capabilities

News

PES to Begin Operating Benzene Terminal in November

Philadelphia Energy Solutions plans to start operating a new benzene offtake terminal next month at its 335,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Philadelphia, two people familiar with the plans said.

Coast Guard Foundation to Honor USCG in Miami

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

Sunken Barge Salvage Stops Traffic on Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is restricting vessel traffic on the Chicago River to allow for salvage of a sunken barge. All cargo has been removed from the sunken

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2645 sec (4 req/sec)