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Two Damen shipyards start the New Year with new names

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam

JANUARY 2, 2015 — Shipdock Amsterdam and Shipdock Harlingen have started the new year with new names: Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSA) and Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSH).

DSA services vessels up to 250 min length at its facility in the heart of the seaport of Amsterdam, one of the largest industrial areas in the Netherlands. With roots dating back to 1877, the shipyard has a rich history in ship repair and maintenance.

DSH can service ships up to 120 m in length at the yard located directly on the North Sea in the north of the Netherlands. Dating back to 1600, the Harlingen shipyard has one of the longest histories of the Damen Shipyards Group.

Damen Shipyards Group acquired the two shipyards in February 2013. The new DSA and DSH names reflect their successful integration into the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) network of 15 yards worldwide.

“Changing our name tells the market that we have a strong vision for the future within Damen,” says DSA Managing Director Flip van der Waal. “After a period of getting to know each other, we’ve really seen how the supporting activities within DSC deliver benefits for the customer and we are proud to be part of the team.”

The name changes have no direct consequence for the structure, organization or employment situation at the two yards, nor for any contracts or obligations entered into with their customers.

The close collaboration between DSH and Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH), 45 kilometers away, highlights how customers benefit from the network of yards.

“The port of Den Helder is a major base for the Royal Netherlands Navy as well as offshore support vessels for North Sea oil and gas operations,” says DSDH Managing Director Jelle Loosman. “That can lead to periods of intense ship repair activity, so having DSH nearby is an enormous benefit. The close collaboration between our yards ensures we can provide our customers with fast, reliable and cost-effective maintenance and repair work on all vessel types.”

Frank Seinen, Director of DSH, says working together with DSDH has kept the yard very busy since joining the group. “We’re proud of this collaboration. I think the name change helps broadcast more clearly that we are part of a strong group of shipyards with a lot of expertise and experience in ship repair and conversion projects.”

DSC’s worldwide network of shipyards handles 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually. In addition to this knowledge base, DSC has built up long-lasting partnerships with its supporting companies.

Damen Shiprepair Harlingen

Aerial view Damen Shiprepair Harlingen


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