MAY 25, 2012—The Netherland’s Damen Shipyards Group will now have two ship repair yards in Sweden, following its acquisition of the shares of Swedish ship repair and maintenance yard Oskarshamnsvarvet in Oskarshamn.
Oskarshamnsvarvet is a ship repair yard on the southeast coast of Sweden. It specializes in the maintenance and repair of vessels up to 80m and has built, repaired and maintained a substantial part of the Swedish coastal fleet since 1863.
Apart from a floating dock, the company operates a slipway covered by a portal crane of 100 tons. In addition to ship repair the company is active in industrial activities, such as specialized crane assembly and the production of special-purpose containers. Oskarshamnsvarvet employs about 60 people.
René Berkvens, CEO Damen Shipyards, says: “The takeover of Oskarshamnsvarvet fits right into our strategy to increase Damen’s network of ship repair yards in Europe. Moreover, Oskarshamnsvarvet is a solid base from which we can provide services to existing and new (Swedish) clients. We look forward to work with the yard and its employees.”
Martijn Smit has been appointed as board member of Oskarshamnsvarvet.
Damen’s other facility in Sweden is Damen Shiprepair Götaverken on the west coast. All in all, Damen operates nine ship repair and conversion yards along the North Sea coast and three repair yards in the Middle East.