Rich tradition of shipbuilding on the Danube.
Romanians have built ships at Galati for centuries. The yard’s shipbuilders demonstrate that heritage in their deep professionalism in their craft and dedication to detail.
Established in 1893 as Fernic Shipyard Galati, the yard remained a key shipbuilder for Romania through more than a century of geopolitical upheaval. In 1994, the Damen Shipyards Group – already firmly established in the Netherlands and developing its international business – began cooperating with Galati by subcontracting hulls of cargo vessels to the yard. Located on the banks of Danube and resembling a small city, the shipyard occupies a huge 45 hectare site. Damen Shipyards Galati currently employs over 2,400 people directly and every day up to 1,100 subcontractors’ staff work at the yard.
Contribution of the Institute of Naval Architecture
Since 1893 the Galati shipyard’s importance grew constantly; new investments took place and the overall Romanian group of shipbuilders expanded. The Institute of Naval Architecture brought a significant contribution to the shipyard’s progress. This institute was initially founded in Bucharest, but transferred to Galati as a result of town’s transformation into a Romanian shipbuilding pole. By the end of 1970, Galaţi Shipyard had built 477 vessels including barges, tankers, bulk carriers, tugs and fishing vessels. After 1975 the shipyard achieved the most technologically advanced projects for that time including the 7 drilling platforms which are currently still in operation.
Cooperation with Damen Shipyards
In 1994, the Damen Shipyards Group – already firmly established in the Netherlands and developing its international business – began cooperating with Galati by subcontracting hulls of cargo vessels to the yard and in 1999, same Group – by then the yard’s biggest client – acquired Galati Shipyard and began streamlining the organisation. The group invited its trusted co-makers to come in and take over parts of the yard’s outfitting capacity. As a result, many Dutch businesses established their own branches in Galati, underpinning the local supplier cluster as well as the strong ties between the Romanian and Dutch shipbuilding industry.
Damen Shipyards Galati currently employs over 2,300 people directly and every day up to 1,100 subcontractors’ staff work at the yard.