Family owned & client-driven since 1927

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We are Damen

Damen is a family owned business that stands for fellowship, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and stewardship. We believe that our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers offer humanity a growing range of possibilities in terms of trade, food, energy and recreation. We provide maritime solutions to meet these opportunities, through design, shipbuilding, ship repair and related services.

In the previous century, we revolutionised shipbuilding with standardisation and serial production. More than ninety years and 6,000 ships later, those pillars are unchanged. Their importance is only growing with the need for increased sustainability and digitalisation. It is our aim to combine our proven standardisation with the innovations of digitalisation to become the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder.

Key figures

Turnover (2021)
2.5

billion EUR

Shipyards worldwide
35

shipyards

Damen employees
11
K

employees

Ships yearly delivered
>
175

ships delivered yearly

Ships delivered in 2021
143

ships delivered in '21

A team of
11000

over 35 shipyards across 5 continents

A team of 11,000 over 35 shipyards across 5 continents

RDamen Shiprepair & Conversion
YDamen Newbuild Yard
DDamen Company
SDamen Service Hubs

Values

  • Stewardship

    As a family business we look to the long-term. We look to secure the future for the next generations. We achieve this goal by greening our vessels – and the processes by which we create them. We believe passionately that, in order to ensure the opportunities presented by our waters for the next generation, we must utilise them as efficiently and responsibly as possible. This is why we aim to become the most sustainable shipbuilder in the world. Our ambitions lie in circularity and zero emissions sailing.

  • Craftsmanship

    In the previous century, we revolutionised shipbuilding. Thanks to standardisation and serial production, we were able to supply our customers faster with better ships. More than ninety years and 6,000 ships later, those pillars are unchanged. Their importance is only increasing with the rising need for maritime sustainability and digitalisation. It is not efficient to find new solutions for every single ship to get them green and connected.

  • Fellowship

    We believe firmly in our team – but also in the strength of the individual – working together as One Damen. Together with you and with our industry partners, we form close collaborations focused on ensuring your total satisfaction.

  • Entrepreneurship

    We strive to understand your business and to help you add value to it as a trusted partner. Based on our vision of circular, cradle-to-cradle, building, we offer ship-as-a-service concepts, in which you pay for use and not for ownership, as well as a range of financial services tailored to your requirements. In this way we can support you over the entire product lifecycle; from design, engineering, construction and maintenance to the recycling of our ships.

Standardisation

Pioneering standardised shipbuilding

In 1969, our Chairman Kommer Damen pioneered standardised shipbuilding. His idea was to give customers a wide range of benefits such as being able to order vessels based on proven technology directly from stock, resulting in exceptionally fast delivery times.

Continual product development

Focusing on series building meant that the vessels shared a lot of commonality (equipment and spare parts) and that they are optimised through continual product development. Ultimately, Kommer Damen’s vision allowed him to offer sharply priced, top quality vessels and swift delivery times.


Future-proof, sustainable vessels

Today, the philosophy of series production is more relevant than ever before. As our industry looks towards increasing sustainability and digital connectivity, standardisation provides an efficient vehicle to make this transition. Therefore, Damen is certainly prepared for the future.


Oceans of possibilities

At Damen, we believe that oceans, seas, lakes and rivers offer humanity a growing range of possibilities in the areas of trade, food, energy and recreation.