• 2018 March 6 11:23

    Damen Marine Components and Van der Velden Marine Systems announce merger

    Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) recently announced a merger. As of 1st January the two companies are operating together as DAMEN Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL), the company said in its press release.

    DMC has been operating ever since the early eighties of the last century in the DAMEN Shipyards Group, whilst VDVMS has been operating as an independent part of the DAMEN Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013. So in many ways the merger represents a continuation of a successful working relationship. However, the decision was taken to bring the two companies closer together in order to enhance performance.

    Steef E.F. Staal, managing director explained the thinking behind the move, saying, “This alignment means clients will have access to an increased portfolio of propulsion products in one place. At the same time, it combines the extensive market knowledge of two well-established partners, paving the way to more efficient products and services going forwards.”

    Taking into account Van der Velden Marine Systems’ highly respected name in the industry, the brand will continue to be used as trademark for DMC NL’s rudder and steering gear products.

    The duties, obligations and responsibilities agreed with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders remain unchanged. The same applies to the employment arrangements, DMC NL has been strengthened by combining the former teams of DMC and VDVMS. DMC NL will be led by Steef Staal as Managing Director, Wim Knoester as Commercial Director and Peter Schipper as Financial Director.

    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 10,000 people worldwide. DAMEN has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 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.

    Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.

    About Van der Velden Marine Systems
    With its headquarters in the Netherlands, Van der Velden Marine Systems has been one of the market leaders in the supply of high quality steering gear, rudders and hydraulic systems to the entire maritime sector for over 50 years. The firm’s quality, safety, innovation and service distinguish it from its rivals. Van der Velden Marine Systems B.V. has a workforce in excess of one hundred. The firm has been a subsidiary of the DAMEN Shipyards Group of Gorinchem since 2013.

    Van der Velden rudders and steering gear are renowned for their high quality. Wherever possible, the products are integrated in a tailor-made system. Reliability, low-maintenance, safety and sustainability are the main spearheads in the firm’s manufacturing and installation process. Clients therefore appreciate its uncomplicated and integrated solutions and the fact that it appoints a single dedicated project coordinator who bears responsibility for the entire manoeuvring system.

    The Research & Development team is constantly looking for new ways of using the latest technologies to improve the manoeuvring performance of vessels in the global maritime market and especially the inland waterways, short sea, deep sea, offshore and yacht building sectors. This also turns out  in less noise and reduction of vibration and fuel consumption. As a result, the company added the new developed Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel to its profile.

    About DAMEN Marine Components
    Damen Marine Components is specialised in the design and production of propeller nozzles, special towing winches and rudder installations. For all types of vessels there are special designs available or can be developed. Every year more than 800 nozzles are delivered for all requested propeller diameters. Each nozzle has the highest technical standards and can be delivered to comply with the regulations of all classification societies. Rudders can be chosen from the standard line but can still be offered and produced to fulfil any specific requirements.






2018 June 21

18:27 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Philadelphia with Koch
18:00 CMA CGM announces new rotation on ASAF service
17:56 Russia is in need of small bunkering tankers, LNG bunker supply ships and bunker barges - Damen
17:31 Gate terminal (Gasunie/Vopak) to increase ship loading flow rate
16:58 Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers with secure and efficient document workflow
16:24 Freeport of Riga Authority joins Cruise Lines International Association
16:02 Danaos Corporation announces comprehensive debt refinancing agreement
15:50 MABUX: All eyes are on what course of action OPEC will call for
15:40 12 LNG bunker supply ships to be put into operation in Singapore by 2025
15:02 Ship garbage recycling pilot wraps up at Port of Brisbane
14:39 Vyborg Shipyard launches port icebreaker Ob built for FSUE Atomflot
14:02 APM Terminals supports World Clean Air Day with App upgrade
13:41 Igor Zolotykh appointed as Harbour Master of port Ust-Luga
13:23 Victor Olersky appoints Igor Ishchenko as Harbour Master of port Primorsk
13:02 EU member states’ experts on ship recycling meet in Brussels
12:39 XI Russian Forum “Current State and Prospects for Development of Russian Bunker Services Market” opens in Saint-Petersburg
12:16 ABS issues industry-leading Guide advancing DC power for hybrid electric applications
12:00 Largest gantry crane in the Nordic countries delivered to Meyer Turku
11:57 HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center and the Rotterdam Port Authority launch unique cooperation
10:55 CMA CGM to acquire CONTAINERSHIPS, a leader in intra-regional transportation in Northern Europe
10:53 Protecting marine life from ship noise is in the focus of meeting on oceans and the law of the sea
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:02 Maritime officials in Morocco undergo training at IMO workshop in Casablanca
09:41 Closer look at the interpretation of maritime law
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,373 points

2018 June 20

18:00 Lead landing ship of Project 11711, Ivan Gren, joins the fleet of RF Navy
17:33 Rosatomflot extends its winter-spring navigation period amid challenging ice conditions
17:05 Genco Shipping & Trading Limited completes common stock offering
16:05 Seatruck Ferries to use larger vessels for Warrenpoint service
15:51 Maritime leaders endorse green initiatives for shipping
15:30 Mitsui to make entry into subsea support vessel business through acquisition of shares in AKOFS Offshore
15:04 Eighty-two Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of 613 combined years of safe operations
14:59 GasLog Partners LP announces new charter agreement with Cheniere Energy
14:24 Small icebreakers of Project 22740 can be converted to run on LNG
14:05 Cheniere Energy and Cheniere Energy Partners announce definitive merger agreement
13:13 ABB brings efficiency and sustainability through system integration to two new Indian ferries
12:39 Dredging works commenced at the port of Ust-Luga
12:01 ABP Southampton publishes Air Quality Strategy with package of commitments
11:20 Bunker prices are down up at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:01 Crowley adds 40 ISO tanks
10:45 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant completed the series of six boom-laying boats
10:31 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the tanks of a new LNG carrier
10:22 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:05 Euroports increases pulp & paper warehousing capacity in Tarragona, Spain
10:00 RF Government expands the list of publicly funded projects in seaports and on IWW of Russia
09:37 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,419 points

2018 June 19

18:06 100 million dollars to link the Nile with Suez Canal Region
17:03 DNV GL partners with the EU and Government of India to bring offshore wind to the Indian market
16:32 CMA CGM deploys its innovative solution for containers tracking, TRAXENS by CMA CGM
16:18 APM Terminals ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam
16:02 Multraship acquires an ASD Tug from Med Marine for Terneuzen operations
15:32 Koper remains the most important port for Austria
15:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to Africa, Gulf and West Coast North of India
14:32 Port of Oakland import volume flat in May 2018
14:25 Europort Romania maintains its position as the premier Black Sea martime event
14:02 British Ports Association comments on new report on Northern ‘Free Ports’ strategy proposal
13:32 Port seeks to double rail volume with Railport Antwerpen
13:02 Rijkswaterstaat awarded Van Oord the contract to dredge Marker Wadden channel
12:32 MOL to make full-scale move into subsea support vessel business by acquiring stake in AKOFS of Norway