Acquired less than two years ago, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque is a relatively new addition to the group’s worldwide network of ship repair and conversion yards. Originally called Arno Dunkerque, the shipyard was officially renamed Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on September 1 this year and brings nearly forty years of experience to Damen Shipyards Group.
The change in name comes as the yard enters the final stages of its integration into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, a division of the overall Damen Shipyards Group. From now on, customers will immediately recognise that they are in a Damen facility. The full adoption of Damen quality and safety standards as well as its project management techniques is nearly complete, along with other support and management systems. The yard is well-known for the wide range of commercial vessels on which it has worked. These include ferries, dredgers, reefers, offshore installations, support vessels and tankers of all types.
First class facilities, prime location
The facilities and capabilities of the yard are excellent. “We have two dry docks, one floating dock and three repair berths”, says Bob Derks, the managing director of Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. “The largest dry dock can take vessels up to 295 meters in length. A modern and well equipped 22, 000 m² workshop sits close by on the dockside and contains all necessary departments including steel, heavy mechanical, pipes and propellers. Also, the yard has its own, highly competent, workforce and a network of experienced local contractors and the location of the yard is exceptionally convenient, ”says Mr Derks.
Situated where the English Channel / La Manche meets the North Sea, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque is positioned at the heart of the European maritime area, and within easy reach of most Northern European naval facilities.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 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 value 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 super yachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of Services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 15 repair & conversion yards worldwide, 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. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.