Rich tradition of shipbuilding on the Danube.
Romanians have built ships at Galati for centuries. With more than 1,300 vessels built in 125 years of existence, the shipbuilders from Galati demonstrate their rich heritage in their deep professionalism of their craft and their dedication to detail.
Established in 1893 as Fernic Shipyard Galati, the shipyard grew to become an important part of the country's shipbuilding industry through 125 years of geopolitical upheaval. Already in 1907, four river monitors were commissioned for the Romanian Navy, after being assembled in Galati. The first newbuilding, a ferry of 80-100 tons, was delivered in 1912. During and up to the Second World War, the yard was the most important Romanian shipyard, followed by the one at Constanta and finally the ones at Severin and Braila. With a strategic significance for the region during this time, Galati shipyard built two submarines and one minelayer and convoy escort.
By the end of 1970 Galati Shipyard had built hundreds of vessels including barges, tankers, cargo vessels, bulk carriers, tugs and fishing vessels. After 1975 the shipyard achieved the most technologically advanced projects for that time, including seven drilling rig platforms which are still in operation.
Located on the banks of Danube and resembling a small city, the shipyard occupies a huge 55 hectare site. Damen Shipyards Galati currently employs over 2,500 people directly and every day up to 1,500 subcontractors’ staff work at the yard.
Cooperation with Damen Shipyards
Cooperation with Damen Shipyards Group – by then already firmly established in the Netherlands and developing its international business – started in 1994 with the subcontracting of cargo vessels hull fabrication. In 1999, Damen acquired the yard and introduced its standardised shipbuilding approach. This involved inviting its trusted co-makers to expand 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. To date, the yard has delivered some 1,300 vessels - more than of which have been built by the Romanian-Dutch shipbuilding cluster of Galati since 1999.