2018 January 16 18:21

Kommer Damen opens Damen Area Support China

On 4th December last year, Mr Kommer Damen, Chairman of the DAMEN Shipyards Group, officially opened Damen’s China Support Company in Shanghai. The company will serve to support Damen’s commercial involvement and development in the region, generating more synergy and opportunities within DAMEN affiliated companies, and open up the way to increase cooperation with maritime clients and partners in China, the company said in its press release.

The company, coordinated by Managing Director, John Zhou, will be involved in a range of activities, including commercial activity for DAMEN newbuild and DAMEN Marine Components as well as the provision of services to clients in the region.

Damen Area Sales Manager Michiel Hendrikx said of the opening of the company, “We are very pleased to open this company in Shanghai. DAMEN already has very strong connections in China, where we operate two shipyards – DAMEN Shipyards Changde and the joint venture, DAMEN Yichang Shipyard. As well as these, DAMEN Marine Components has a facility in Jiangyin. We felt it was time to have more direct contact with our clients and suppliers in the region and opening this facility will provide an answer to this need. For our clients in this part of the world this will mean even faster, more convenient service. It’s part of Damen’s global commitment to operating wherever our clients are.”

Whilst visiting China for the opening ceremony of the company, Mr DAMEN also took the time to visit the Marintec exhibition in Shanghai, where DAMEN hosted a stand.  

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.

Damen Shiprepair& Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of sixteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.