Amsterdam and Harlingen successfully integrate into worldwide network
On 1 January 2015 Shipdock Amsterdam and Shipdock Harlingen changed names to Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) and Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSHl) respectively. During the last two years, both yards have successfully integrated into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), itself part of the Damen Shipyards Group. For example, the close collaboration between DSHl and Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) strongly highlights how customers benefit from the network of yards.
Damen Shipyards Group acquired the two Shipdock yards in February 2013. The new DSAm and DSHl names reflect the yards’ positions within the DSC network of 15 yards worldwide.
“Changing our name tells the market that we have a strong vision for the future within Damen,” says DSAm Managing Director Flip van der Waal. “After a period of getting to know each other, we’ve really seen how the supporting activities within DSC deliver benefits for the customer and we are proud to be part of the team.”
The name changes have no direct consequence for the structure, organisation or employment situation at the two yards, nor for any contracts or obligations entered into with their customers.
Collaboration between Harlingen and Den Helder yards
Since joining the group, DSHl has worked very closely with DSDH, located approximately 45 kilometres away in Den Helder.
“The port of Den Helder is a major base for the Royal Netherlands Navy as well as offshore support vessels for North Sea oil and gas operations,” explains DSDH Managing Director Jelle Loosman. “That can lead to periods of intense ship repair activity, so having DSHl nearby is an enormous benefit. The close collaboration between our yards ensures we can provide our customers with fast, reliable and cost-effective maintenance and repair work on all vessel types.”
Frank Seinen, Director of DSHl, says working together with DSDH has kept the yard very busy since joining the group. “We’re proud of this collaboration. I think the name change helps broadcast more clearly that we are part of a strong group of shipyards with a lot of expertise and experience in ship repair and conversion projects.”
DSC’s worldwide network of shipyards handles 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually. In addition to this knowledge base, DSC has built up long-lasting partnerships with its Supporting Companies.
DSAm services vessels up to 250 metres in length at its facility in the heart of the seaport of Amsterdam, one of the largest industrial areas in the Netherlands. With roots dating back to 1877, the shipyard has a rich history in ship repair and maintenance.
DSHl can service ships up to 120 metres in length at the yard located directly on the North Sea in the north of the Netherlands. Dating back to 1600, the Harlingen shipyard has one of the longest histories of the Damen Shipyards Group.