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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Damen Shipyards Group News

Refit for Jack-up at Damen Verolme Rotterdam

Photo: Damen Shipyards

Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR)  completed a refit project on the MPI Enterprise, a 120-metre, self-elevating, DP2, wind turbine installation vessel owned and operated by MPI Offshore, part of the Vroon Group. The works included the installation of spudcans on her four-legged jacking system, which can elevate the vessel at rate of one metre per minute in water depths up to 45 metres. Acquired by Damen Shipyards Group in June 2017, DVR is one of the largest refit and repair yards in Western Europe, capable of accommodating any seagoing vessel or floating offshore unit.

Pronomar Equips Bibby WaveMaster 1

Photo courtesy of Pronomar

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem built the walk-to-work services operations vessel Bibby WaveMaster 1, and Pronomar provided drying systems for workwear to the turbine maintenance personnel. Damen Shipyards Gorinchem is the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group and delivers up to 180 vessels each year and has built more than 6,000 ships since 1969. This custom-designed vessel was deployed for U.K.-based Bibby Marine Services. It is designed to operate with maximum efficiency, while providing a high level of comfort for the crew.

Fisheries Research Vessel Ordered for Germany

(Image: Damen)

The German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the construction of a new fisheries research vessel following a European tendering process, realized by the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau, BAW). With the vessel, to be called the Walther Herwig, the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) will support Germany’s fisheries and oceanographic research programs.

DMC Gdańsk Gains EN 1090, ISO 3834 Certifications

Photo: Damen

Damen Marine Components (DMC) Gdańsk, one of the Damen Shipyards Group’s locations for the production of steel components including propeller nozzles, rudder installations and cranes, has received EN 1090 and ISO 3834 certifications. DMC Gdańsk supplies a wide range of components to shipyards all over the world and these certifications, as verified by Bureau Veritas, confirm its world class standards in the fabrication of steel and aluminum structures (EN 1090) and the quality of its fusion welding (ISO 3834).

Saqr Port Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo: Damen

Saqr Port, part of Rash Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports, has signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of an ASD 2913 tug. The vessel will be built a short distance away at Albwardy Damen in Sharjah and will be delivered in time for the opening of the new bulk terminal at Saqr Port in mid-2018. Saqr Port is a major bulk-handing port in the Middle East and a vital part of the regional economy. Located at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, it serves the fast-growing quarry industry in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

TransLink Orders Second Damen SeaBus

Photo: Damen

TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, has signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for an additional SeaBus, to ferry passengers between downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. The order comes as TransLink celebrates the 40th anniversary of its SeaBus service. Once the new vessel comes into service in 2019, SeaBus will have three vessels in operation at the same time – allowing TransLink to increase service frequency to every 10 minutes during peak periods.

Damen Completes Keppel Verolme Takeover

(Photo: Damen)

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), a part of Damen Shipyards Group, said it has finalized its acquisition of the Keppel Verolme shipyard from Keppel Offshore & Marine. DSC’s acquisition of the yard follows an initial agreement made between the two parties in April of this year. From July 1, the Keppel Verolme shipyard, including its 250 staff members, will continue operations under the Damen flag. The Verolme yard, located in Rotterdam’s Botlek harbor, with three dry docks – the largest of which measures 405 x 90 meters – and almost 2km of quay capacity, will expand DSC’s portfolio.

Oranjewerf Ship Repair becomes Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

On 1 July 2015, Oranjewerf Ship Repair, which joined Damen Shipyards Group in 1989, will officially change its name to Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. This name change will be the final step of integrationfor the yard into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, part of the Damen Shipyards Group.This will enable Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf to continue to deliver a high level of service to its customers. Oranjewerf was founded in 1949 and boasts an extensive history and acquired expertise within ship repair.

Damen Hires Trevisan as Sales Director, Cruise Newbuilds

Hadewych Reintsema, Design and Proposal Manager Cruise, Damen Shipyards Group; Andrea Trevisan, Sales Director Cruise New Building, Damen Shipyards Group; and Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, Damen Shipyards Group (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Andrea Trevisan as its new Sales Director Cruise New Building, as the company plans to further expand its standing in the flourishung expedition and small size cruise vessels market. Trevisan will oversee Damen’s global commercial and marketing activities with regard to new build cruise vessels. “I will be a sort of Damen brand ‘ambassador’ for the cruise industry, working in close coordination with our well established regional sales organization and with my colleagues Mr. Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, and Mrs.

New Dredger Goes to Work in Australia

Tommy Norton (Photo: Damen)

The Tommy Norton, a Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 built at Damen Shipyards Yichang has been officially delivered to her proud owner, Gippsland Ports. The first dredger to be built by Damen Shipyards Group for Australia, the 60-meter Tommy Norton has now started work to deliver safe and reliable ocean access for the commercial vessels, oil & gas suppliers and commercial fishing fleet that cross the entrance bar to the Gippsland Lakes area. The maintenance dredging also helps reduce the risk of flooding to local communities.

SCHOTTEL Thrusters Propel New Australian Dredger

(Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards)

A newly built 60-meter trailing suction hopper dredger Tommy Norton started work to deliver safe and reliable ocean access for the commercial vessels, oil and gas suppliers and commercial fishing fleet that cross the entrance bar to the Gippsland Lakes area. The dredger is the first built by Damen Shipyards Group for Australia, and features propulsion is provided by two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers type SRP 330 fixed pitch. Capable of dredging to depths of 15 meters, the dredger…

Damen Presents Decommissioning Vessels Concept

Damen Decommissioning Courtesy Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has announced its latest concept design: the Damen Decommissioning Series. The vessel will specialize in three core areas of the oil and gas decommissioning sector: topside decommissioning offshore platform removal, and subsea cleaning and removal. The design is based on in-house research carried out at Damen by one of its undergraduate interns. By inviting a considerable number of internships at its yards, Damen Shipyards Group contributes significantly to the maritime education system.

Damen Wins Achievement Award

Mr. Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group.

Kommer Damen Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Seawork International 2012. Mr. Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Seawork Innovation Awards Dinner. Seawork International is in its 15th year and is the largest European workboat event. Arnout Damen, COO of Damen Shipyards Group, accepted the award on Tuesday night on behalf of Kommer Damen from the hands of Ms Caroline Dinenage, MP. In 1969 Kommer Damen took the helm of the family business (est.

Damen Trading Sale hits 500th Vessel

Damen Trading 30 years

30 years and 500 vessels later, Damen Trading is just getting started. Damen Trading’s story begins in 1986, with Damen Shipyards Group responding to growing market demand for used vessels. Since then, Damen Trading has gone on to sell over 500 used vessels, right across the maritime spectrum, developing along the way a reputation for personalised, reliable service. The decision to establish Damen Trading was a logical one, says Senior Sales Manager Michel Radjiman “With Damen Marine Services already operating its own charter fleet…

Concordia, Damen Partner to Build Inland Vessels

Jan-Wim Dekker, CPO, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; Simon Provoost, Product Director Inland Waterway Transport, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; and Chris Kornet, CEO, Concordia (Photo: Damen)

Concordia Group and Damen Shipyards Group have signed a joint venture agreement to cooperate in the construction and trade of inland waterway vessels. The joint venture will operate under the name Concordia Damen Shipbuilding. Concordia has been active in the Dutch inland waterways business since 2001 and also internationally over the past decade. Concordia’s corporate identity will remain within the new joint venture. Celebrating its 90th birthday this year, Damen has been active in almost all sectors of the maritime industry since the beginning of the 20th century.

Damen Establishes Caribbean Repair Yard

René H. Berkvens, Damen Shipyards Group CEO; Eugene Rhuggenaath, Minister of Economic Development; and Getmar Caldera, Managing Director CDM Holding (Photo: Damen)

On Friday, September 9, the government of Curaçao and Damen Shipyards Group signed a concession agreement for the future operation of the current Curaçao Drydock Company, enabling Damen to establish a new company on Curaçao under the name Damen Shiprepair Curaçao. Damen said it expects to start up its operations in the two graven docks and on the available quays end October 2016. Part of the agreement consists of Damen bringing in extra capacity in the shape of a floating dock.

Shipbuilding Giants Bid for STX France

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri SpA and Dutch counterpart Damen Shipyards Group are in the running to buy STX France, which has been put on the block by Korean debt-ridden parent STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co, reports WSJ. Meanwhile,  STX Offshore - once the Korea's number four shipbuilder - has submitted a proposal to a court on how to revive its business, according to a report in AFP. STX filed for the restructuring in May after struggling for years with mounting losses caused by mismanagement and a slump in global demand.

Damen Shipyards Group Adapts Swiftly to New Argentinian Import Regulations

ASD Tug 2810

Damen Shipyards, which has already built up a considerable presence in Argentina since the nineties, is working very closely with Argentinian shipyards and looking forward to expanding its activities in the country. Currently, several Damen ASD tugs are being built in Argentina and very soon work will begin on an entirely new powerful pusher to serve the Hidrovía Paraná-Paraguay, the greatest waterway of South America. Between 1994 and 1999, Damen delivered more than 40 of its well-known AluCats to the Prefectura Naval Argentina, as well as several Stan Tenders.

Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen vessels and experience some of them out on the water. The vessels on display included Multi Cats, a wide range of Stan Tugs, high-speed RHIBs, Pilot boats, Fast Crew Suppliers, fast Patrol Boats and pontoons.

Damen Merges Marine and Van der Velden units

Steef Staal - Wim Knoester handshake Photo courtesy Damen

Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) announced a merger. As of 1st January the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL). DMC has been operating ever since the early eighties of the last century in the Damen Shipyards Group, whilst VDVMS has been operating as an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013. So in many ways the merger represents a continuation of a successful working relationship.

Damen Acquires French Ship Repair Yard

As of this week, Damen Shipyards Group is the new owner of French shiprepair yard Arno Dunkerque, the only operator for ship repair and conversion in the 3rd largest French port, Dunkirk. The yard will continue its ship repair and conversion services. Furthermore, its personnel and management will remain in place, guaranteeing a seamless transition of the yard into the Damen Shipyards Group, which currently consists of more than 45 shipyards, repair & conversion yards and related companies.

RoPax Ferry Takes Shape at Niron Staal

Keel-laying ceremony for RoPax Ferry (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Niron Staal, part of Damen Shipyards Group, has performed a keel-laying ceremony of the hull of a passenger ferry. On completion, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld will carry out the final outfitting work of the 5212 RoPax for an African client. “We are very proud to be working on this hull fabrication – this project really displays the added value of the years’ of experience that we have here,” comments Niron Staal Director Roland Berends. By providing this ‘head-start’ in hull construction…

Damen Shipyards Group acquires Shipdock

As of this week, Damen Shipyards Group is the new owner of Dutch ship repair yard Shipdock. Shipdock, a well-known shipyard group with roots dating back to 1877, operates facilities in Amsterdam and Harlingen. The yard will continue its ship repair and conversion services, with Shipdock Harlingen servicing ships up to 120 m and Shipdock Amsterdam servicing vessels up to 250 m. Furthermore, its personnel and management will remain in place, guaranteeing a seamless transition of the yard into the Damen Shipyards Group…

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