FEBRUARY 8, 2013 — Damen Shipyards Group is the new owner of Dutch ship repairer Shipdock. With roots dating back to 1877, Shipdock operates shipyards in Amsterdam and Harlingen. Shipdock Harlingen services ships up to 120 m and Shipdock Amsterdam services vessels up to 250 m. Shipdock will continue its ship repair and conversion services, with its personnel and management remaining in place to guarantee a seamless transition into the Damen Shipyards Group.
The Damen group currently includes more than 50 shipyards, repair and conversion yards and related companies.
René Berkvens, CEO Damen Shipyards Group, says: "The Shipdock yards bring added value to Damen, both separately in their own markets and regions and as a whole – together they have ample experience in shipbuilding, ship repair, conversion and steel construction. Damen is an established player in the ship repair industry and we are determined to become even better."
Mr. Berkvens notes that Damen has recently founded a new division, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, in which all its repair yards will be represented and organized efficiently.
"Shipdock and its 130 employees are welcomed most heartily within our repair and conversion division," he says. "The integration into Damen can only be done with a motivated workforce. I, for my part, am confident that they will live up to their motto: 'Going the extra yard'!"