• 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 June 29

09:56 The US Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia Nancy Bikoff Pettit visited the Port of Riga
09:34 Brent Crude futures price up 0.27% to $47.81, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.28% to $45.02
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 929 points

2017 June 28

18:31 Teekay announces naming ceremony of the ALP Keeper
18:17 ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley sign LNG collaboration agreement
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18:00 Maher Terminals welcomes 10,000 TEUs ZIM ANTWERP
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17:55 Keppel secures conversion and repair projects worth S$85 million
17:40 Krylov State Research Center presents a model of multi-purpose aircraft carrier Shtorm (photo)
17:22 Preparations for the international conference "Advanced Port Fleet- the basis of safety" are underway
16:58 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard and RF Navy to sign contract for construction of two more diesel-electric submarines of Project 677 ‘Lada’
16:34 USC President believes it is realistic to build Leader icebreaker by 2025
16:13 SCHOTTEL successfully tests new underwater mountable 5.5MW thruster
15:50 PortNews starts working on special edition of its journal for POSIDONIA-2018 and SMM-2018
15:33 ESPO congratulates the Port of Vigo for achieving PERS Certification
15:15 Korean investors set to build fish processing plant and logistics hub in Primorsky Territory
15:03 Statoil Petroleum gets new contracts in Norway
14:33 Cooper Group selects ABS to provide compliance solution for inland waterway regulatory requirements
14:03 MacGregor and ESL Shipping jointly develop and test the safety and efficiency benefits of an autonomous discharging feature on bulk handling cranes
13:31 Antwerp start-up T-Mining develops Blockchain solution for safe, efficient container release
13:02 DHT Holdings announces completion of delivery of all vessels acquired from BW Group and transfer of two newbuilding contracts
12:31 The Switch and Steerprop join forces for ground-breaking propulsion unit
12:20 Sakhalin Shipping Company appoints Yevgeny Temyakov as BoD Chairman (photo)
11:55 Draft Strategy for Social and Economic Development of Khabarovsk Territory till 2030 approved by ad hoc authority
11:12 RF Navy's Corvette ‘Sovershenny’ conducted tests of the ship's hydroacoustic complexes
10:51 16 warships arrived in St. Petersburg for participation in the International Maritime Defence Show ’IMDS-2017’
10:18 Kaliningrad Region hopes for construction of Pionersky terminal to begin in summer-autumn 2017
09:53 Brent Crude futures price down 0.15% to $46.85, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.34% to $44.09
09:34 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 903 points

2017 June 27

18:36 Hapag-Lloyd to implement new GRI for all dry, reefer, flat rack and open top containers from East Asia to US and Canada
18:06 JAXPORT Board of Directors unanimously approves start of Jacksonville Harbor Deepening
17:52 Vympel Shipyard launches fourth Grachonok-class boat of Project 21980
17:36 DNV GL updates the widely used recommended practice for free spanning pipelines
17:24 Vyborg Shipyard hosted meeting focused on localization of ship equipment production in the Russian Federation
17:06 DOF Subsea contract awards in the North Sea and in Canada
16:43 Panama Canal commemorates one-year anniversary of expanded Canal
16:40 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 11 mln t milestone this year (photo)
16:19 Wood Group secures FEED for Alexandroupolis LNG project in Northern Greece
16:12 Port of Helsinki publishes instructions for the safe LNG bunkering of ships
15:55 Insolvency administrator and representatives of Port Equipment LLC shut off from company assets at the port of Vyborg
15:47 Damen Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel arrives in home port of Sydney, Australia
14:44 Krylov State Research Center announces opening of its 40-MW electrical test unit on 28 June 2017
14:26 NYK selected for FTSE4Good Index for the 15th straight year
14:22 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves construction of utilities for sea terminal in Pionersky (Kaliningrad region)
14:03 Norway to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service
13:47 Glosten completes design of 150-passenger hybrid electric ferry for Kitsap Transit
13:30 Wan Hai Lines enhances China - Southeast Asia service network
13:23 Goodman increases warehouse space at its logistics centre at the Port of Gdansk
13:17 DFDS Logistics uses biofuel for trucks in Gothenburg
12:58 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:07 RF Navy’s missile ships practiced interaction in the Baltic Sea
11:39 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Statoil as Northern Partner
11:15 NIBULON launches the last tugboat in a series of three vessels of Project 121M
10:48 Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine appoints new Head of USPA's Nikolaev branch
10:16 New Skangas Board member appointed
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $46.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.23% to $43.48
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