6 October 2016 saw Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, open its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. Over 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen vessels and experience some of them out on the water.
The vessels on display included Multi Cats, a wide range of Stan Tugs, high-speed RHIBs, Pilot boats, Fast Crew Suppliers, fast Patrol Boats and pontoons. As well as the workboats, visitors could enjoy the onshore hospitality area with its refreshments and seating. A number of suppliers, including Alphatron Marine, Caterpillar, MTU, Radio Holland and Rolls Royce, had stands displaying their equipment, alongside various Damen products.
Mijndert Wiesenekker, Sales Director Benelux Damen, commented, “The day was a great success. We welcomed customers, partners and press to our headquarters and its shipyard, where they had the opportunity to inspect a wide range of vessels in a relaxed atmosphere and have all their questions answered. It was a very productive day for all concerned and we look forward to doing it again.”
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Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 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 16 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 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.