• 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 October 18

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13:04 JMSDF warships leave Vladivostok (photo)
12:38 Baltic Fleet helicopters land on icebreaker Ilya Muromets within state trials
12:35 Alfa Laval PureSOx the choice for SOx abatement on over 100 vessels
12:19 Training for port security officials held in Tunisia
11:46 Wärtsilä to deliver 16 engines for four new LNG carrier vessels
11:43 RF Navy’s anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov completed its mission in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden area
11:17 Vostochny Port completed major preparation of its facilities for winter operations (photo)
10:48 MariNet Conference in Novorossiysk considered preliminary results of 20 R&Ds under Development-NTI Programme
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.60% to $58.23, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.35% to $52.06
10:02 Bunker prices resume upward movement at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:39 Krylov Center to present its designs of LNG bunkering ships at “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,552 points
08:45 Orlaco introduces the most sturdy HD IP cameras for vessels and cranes

2017 October 17

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17:06 Stanley Black & Decker transfers Nordic distribution operations to the Port of Gothenburg
16:58 FIDIC Form of Contract for Dredging and Reclamation Works is available in Russian
16:56 The third Container Terminal at the Port of Algeciras goes out to Public International Tender
16:49 Viking Line donates EUR 40,000 for protection of the Baltic Sea
16:20 Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service approves acquisition of 100-pct share of Yakutsk Port by Osetrovsky River Port JSC
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16:04 Damen Shipyards Cape Town to host first African dredging seminar
15:16 RF Government instructed to ensure construction of freight-passenger ship to link Komandorskiye Islands, Kurils and Kamchatka
14:05 RF Navy's Pacific Fleet and Brunei Navy ships took part in Passex exercise
13:31 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers deep subsea support vessel “MAERSK INSTALLER”
13:28 Murmansk hosts 10th International Conference "Arctic Shelf Development: Step by Step" on 13-14 November’17
13:01 Jumbo and BBC Chartering create “Global Project Alliance”
12:37 LNG terminal operated by Klaipėdos nafta received 40 gas carrier since the start of operations
12:01 Golden Ocean announces acquisition of two modern Capesize vessels and termination of waiver restrictions
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11:01 The “OOCL Germany” docks for the first time at EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven
10:14 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $57.81, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.17% to $51.78
10:12 ABS and Green Award join forces to set standards for safety and excellence
09:58 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to consider update to Clean Air Action Plan on Nov. 2
09:50 Rickmers-Line and RZ Carrier certified according to latest ISO standards
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,523 points
03:46 DNV GL rolls out electronic certificates across entire fleet

2017 October 16

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16:17 Draft Regulations on Sea Pilots of the Russian Federation brought up for public discussions (document)
15:45 UTLC launched shipping in tank containers from China to Europe
15:34 Digital Ship announces the speaker line-up for the 15th Annual Digital Ship Conference & Exhibition in Athens on 1& 2 November
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14:49 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 9.1% to 15.63 mln TEUs in 9M’17
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13:38 ABP’s Port of Teignmouth celebrates a historic 4000 tonne shipment record
13:12 MOL announces naming ceremony for a newbuilding LNG carrier
12:42 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 12,553 in RF spot market
12:01 ABP’s three East Anglian ports handle more than half of total UK barley exports
11:33 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed one cruise ship last week
11:00 Ocean Rig announces new drilling contract and increased contract backlog
10:44 FESCO’s 8M’17 revenue up 30%, year-on-year, to $458.1 mln
10:27 Brent Crude futures price up 1.19% to $57.85, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.89% to $51.91
10:09 Port of Oakland reports FY 2017 revenue record of $358.7 million
09:55 Krylov State Research Centre took part in International Towing Tank Conference
09:42 Jan De Nul NV strengthens Prins Hendrik dike in the Netherlands
09:32 Seimas ratified agreement on implementation of “Rail Baltica” project
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,485 points