• 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 August 18

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17:27 Alexander Masko re-elected as Director General of Murmansk Commercial Seaport (photo)
17:06 Austal and ASC Shipbuilding re-commit to sovereign national shipbuilding endeavour
16:42 Nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy sets a record having reached the North Pole for 79 hours
16:18 IBIA supports continued efforts to protect MFM integrity and expanding application to terminal loadings
16:16 Fjord Line doubles the capacity on the fastest route between Norway and Denmark
15:45 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg renews its equipment
15:19 Finnish Transport Agency reports increase of import/export volumes in international seaborne trade of HI’17
14:51 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)
14:26 Marine Rescue Service of Rosmorrechflot congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
14:04 Severodvinsk nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet carried out missile firing
13:40 Arctic Economic Council took part in 2017 North Pacific Arctic Conference
13:02 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Mexico, West Coast South America & West Coast Central America
12:37 Tuco Marine delivers hydrographic survey boat to Nelleman Survey
12:23 LNG Croatia announces investigation of the seabed at LNG terminal site
11:38 Nevsky Shipyard congratulates the team of UCL Holding with the group’s 10th anniversary!
11:09 Team Tankers International announces Q2 2017 results
10:45 FSBI Baltic Sea Ports Administration congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s anniversary!
10:22 Brent Crude futures price down 0.12% to $50.97, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $47.03
10:00 Port of Cardiff invests over £4 million to support steel sector
09:37 Tehnoros congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s anniversary!
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2017 August 17

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16:45 LR joins project to build world’s biggest sailing cargo ship
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16:16 Port Bronka and Fenix LLC congratulate UCL Holding with its first anniversary!
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13:52 Throughput of port Primorsk in 7M’17 down 5% Y-o-Y to 35.67 mln t
13:27 PORT FLEET JSC congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
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11:59 SSP-M newest underwater rescue equipment will be demonstrated at the Army 2017 Forum
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09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,207 points

2017 August 16

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