• 2017 May 18 16:01

    Damen supports call for Dutch naval sector investment

    Damen Shipyards Group supports the report ‘The Navy and the Netherlands Maritime Cluster – an ecosystem under pressure’, by PRC (Policy Research Corporation). The report calls for increased investment into the Dutch naval fleet via ‘Launching Customer’ projects. The report was presented to the Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert during a meeting of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers. It was jointly commissioned by Dutch maritime network associations Maritime by Holland and Netherlands Maritime Technology, together with the Dutch Foundation of Defence and Security Industry.

    Dating back to 1879, Damen’s relationship with the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) is well established. Over the last fifty years, Damen has developed and built eight generations of naval combatant vessels for the RNLN. These vessels – including air-defence frigates, amphibious platforms, logistic support ships and oceangoing patrol vessels – represent not only the close cooperation between Damen and the RNLN, but also the invaluable involvement of the entire Dutch maritime sector as well as the innovative input provided by numerous Dutch research institutes.

    Furthermore, it is the collaborative efforts of this maritime cluster of companies and research institutes that enable the ongoing maintenance of the Dutch naval fleet.

    The timing of the report is closely connected with projections showing that the existing RNLN fleet of multi-purpose frigates, mine countermeasure vessels and submarines will reach the end of their lifespans over the coming decade. The report also takes into account increasing global security issues and a committed contribution to NATO in the need to address future naval investment requirements.

    The implications for the Dutch maritime cluster go beyond Damen and even the Netherlands’ own borders. On the one hand, increased government investment would uphold the RNLN’s position as a capable and resilient naval force. And on the other hand, greater investment would support the Dutch maritime industry as a whole, thus maintaining its strong standing in the global maritime industry.

    “We are extremely proud of our strong relationship with the Royal Netherlands Navy – and it must be said that this has been made possible with the close cooperation and concerted efforts of the entire commercial maritime sector and associative research institutes here in the Netherlands,” comments Damen CEO René Berkvens.

    “Sustained and innovative investment by our government in the Royal Netherlands Navy is of vital importance for the future state of the Dutch shipbuilding industry in general. And, in particular, those parties responsible for the development and construction of modern naval vessels. Damen wholeheartedly supports the initiatives laid down in this report.”


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    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

    Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

    Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

    For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

    In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.




2017 November 19

17:31 Wison signs MOU with Shanghai Electric for medium large floating LNG power solution
17:22 Tomini Shipping places order for three Kamsarmaxes
17:15 Shareholders of Teekay Tankers and Tanker Investments approve proposals to permit merger
17:12 Cruise Gate Hamburg announces record growth for 2017

2017 November 18

06:35 Brisbane wins Port of the Year 2017
06:30 Polarcus secures fully prefunded multi-client project in Australia

2017 November 17

18:06 Swiber's subsidiary placed into bankruptcy by the District Court of Helsinki
17:55 Pacific Fleet warships arrive in Chuk Samet port, Thailand
17:36 Damen supports team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
17:20 Sevmash floated out nuclear-powered missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir (photo)
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
16:45 Yantar Shipyard launches first trawler of Project SK-3101R for Kamchatka fishing company (photo)
16:26 DNV GL: Standardisation can help enable the digital transformation of shipping
16:00 Maersk Line appoints new president in North America
15:58 Onezhsky shipyard lays down Yury Maslyukov dredger of Damen TSHD 2000 design (photo)
15:26 IMO runs cooperation for oil spill preparedness in west, central and southern Africa
15:00 Special tactical exercises held at CPC Marine Terminal Tank Farm facilities
14:37 Water Transport newspaper will celebrate its centenary in 2018
14:02 NCC conducts yet another groundbreaking ceremony at the Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park
13:45 MSCC Bronka set to increase its heavy cargo transshipment capacity
13:32 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Naias with Phaethon
13:14 Vostochny Port extends its collective labor contract for three years
13:02 Acta Marine's walk-to-work construction support vessel in final construction phase
12:30 Scottish Ports Group call for right infrastructure and planning conditions
12:01 Aker Solutions to provide umbilicals for three offshore Norway field developments
11:53 MOL's newbuilding coal carrier NAGARA MARU to serve JERA Trading
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10:53 Icebreaker Moskva set sail for seaport Sabetta (photo)
10:30 Brent Crude futures price down 0.29% to $61.18, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.24% to $55.27
10:08 ABS raises cyber awareness to marine insurance industry
09:45 Bunker prices go down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:21 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,361 points
09:08 ESPO welcomes the agreement between Parliament and Council setting a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
08:29 Port of Long Beach receives U.S. EPA Grant to cut pollution
08:12 Damen’s repair yards update ISO and OHSAS certification

2017 November 16

18:35 APL receives the ‘Best Green Shipping Line’ award from HAROPA
18:05 Shearwater GeoServices awarded ONGC survey
17:35 ITF: ‘new era for fishers begins’
17:23 Expert says geopolitical risks may push bunker prices slightly up
17:05 JAXPORT expands vehicle-handling capacity
16:51 Severnaya Verf will build six processing trawlers for Norebo Holding (photo)
16:35 Hapag-Lloyd implements GRI for Trans-Pacific Trade Eastbound from East Asia to USA and Canada
16:05 OOCL introduces the China Pakistan Express Intra-Asia service
15:37 Oldendorff Carriers in alliance with Welhunt starts transhipment operation in Vietnam
15:30 APM Terminals Poti adds two Azimuth Stern-Drive tugboats
15:05 Teekay LNG Partners establishes Teekay Multigas Pool
14:58 Norwegian Cruise Line orders PrimeServ upgrades for multiple vessels
14:17 Baltic transport ministers meet in Vilnius to discuss the common objectives of the Baltic States
13:49 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 290,100 t in 10M’17, up 13.7% to (photo)
13:25 Sergey Kireev appointed as interim General Director of PJSC NCSP
13:00 Last Early Bird rate for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference 2018 expires 30th November 2017
12:38 “K” Line Group introduces new Total Auto-Logistics Business in Chile
12:12 Wärtsilä receives an order from Lunar Fishing Company to supply new trawler
11:59 Damen SAR vessel passes capsize test with engines running
11:58 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:33 First Borey-A nuclear underwater missile carrier to be floated out in Severodvinsk, November 17
11:11 FESCO to deliver production equipment to Great Wall Motors plant being built in the Tula region
10:50 Vostochny Port has shipped 400 mln t of coal from the date of its foundation (photo)
10:04 Brent Crude futures price up 0.18% to $61.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.05% to $55.36
09:42 IMO is holding a seminar focused on free-flowing maritime traffic in Montenegro