With the aim of further improving the quality of the service towards its customers, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has taken over Dutch repair yard D. van de Wetering in Rotterdam, one of the oldest ship repair companies in North West Europe having been operational since 1880.
D. van de Wetering specialises in all types of above-the-waterline repairs to sea-going vessels, and has extensive experience in delivering 24/7 harbour and voyage repairs across Europe. This takeover will allow Damen to further strengthen the depth of its service provision through the integration of these harbour & voyage activities into its existing network of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion locations. These currently stretch across North-Western Europe into the Middle East and as far as Singapore and South Africa.
The integration of D. van de Wetering into the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion network will enable Damen customers to benefit from the availability of additional experienced and flexible specialists, around the clock, whether at DSC locations or in harbours across the globe. This further strengthens Damen’s commitment to making guaranteed availability and continuity for customers its number one priority.
The acquisition will also reinforce the capabilities of the Damen Shipyards Group’s global service hub network. Eleven hubs across five continents are already in operation or in the process of being established, providing support and a wide range of repair and other services to operators far from the nearest Damen yard. Working with local yards and suppliers, they ensure that Damen expertise can be accessed quickly and conveniently wherever a vessel may be in the world.
As of Monday, 5 October, the D. van de Wetering yard at the Bunschotenweg in the Eemhaven in Rotterdam will cease operations, and all activities will be transferred in the short distance to Damen Shiprepair Van Brink, in Pernis. Customers can continue to use existing contact details for the yard, which will be transferred directly to DSC.
Commenting on the deal, DSC Group Director Durk-Jan Nederlof stated: “It has always been our strategy to be able to repair ships anytime anywhere in the world and even work on ships while in transit.
This acquisition accelerates our ambitions in this field.”
Jaap de Lange, Director of Damen Services, says: “The experienced engineers of D. van de Wetering are an useful add to our existing pool of around 70 worldwide operating field service engineers. They can strengthen our service support in the field of warranty, technical assistance, maintenance, expeditionary repairs and refits.”