Damen Shipyards Group is committed to Turkey. In addition to conducting sales to the country since the 1980s, we have been operating there since 2013 with our shipyard, Damen Shipyards Antalya. During this time the yard has grown significantly. From delivering one vessel in its first year, the yard now delivers in the region of up to 28 vessels per year.
This includes everything from superyacht hulls to complete, complex fast crew supply vessels - including the Damen FCS 7011, the largest vessel built in Antalya to date. The Antalya yard has also produced a series a search and rescue (SAR) vessels for the Turkish Coastguard. Facilitating this performance is a highly skilled team of locally-based colleagues and, thanks to local industry participation, a valuable local supply chain, including numerous small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). Damen Shipyards Group has been happy to play its part in the development of this local shipbuilding industry, investing in our facilities in the region as well as in the development of our personnel and the transfer of technology to the local supply chain. As a result, we are set to continue our work in Turkey, remaining committed for the years to come.
In addition to aluminium and steel production, Damen Shipyards Antalya is the go-to yard for high tech composite shipbuilding. The yard is located in the Antalya Free Zone, and so has access to excellent shipbuilding and supply chain infrastructure, ensuring local availability of all necessary knowledge and equipment. Damen has developed state-of-the art knowledge enabling series production of composite vessels. With these newly developed techniques, Damen can build lighter vessels. This translates into reduced fuel consumption, maintenance and environmental pollution while still maintaining Damen quality and the strength of its port, offshore and security-related workboats. This strategy fits to Damen’s overall vision on energy use and consumption for the coming years.