2 Feb 2021

Our DNA: purpose, mission, vision and core values

In focus: ✔ A family company ✔ Quality ✔ Corporate social responsibility ✔ Standardisation ✔ Sustainability ✔ Digitalisation

Ben Littler



Cooperation. Team above individual. One Damen. A family company.


Quality. State-of-the-art. Reliable products, reliable organisation. A deal is a deal.


Long-term focus. Sustainability. Corporate social responsibility. Family values.


Client focused. Getting out and about. Thinking in opportunities. Providing solutions. Delivering added value. Inventiveness.


By expanding our leading position in standardisation and serial construction in shipbuilding, we provide our clients worldwide with state-of-the-art maritime solutions to responsibly and efficiently utilise the increasing possibilities in trade, food, energy and recreation that oceans, seas, lakes and rivers offer to humanity.

We are a family owned business and stand for fellowship, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and stewardship. In every aspect of our business the next generation is our starting point.


Seventy percent of the earth is made up of water. Water connects worlds and allows us to discover. To trade. To provide help. To produce food and generate energy. To relax and enjoy. In order to ensure global prosperity for next generations and keep the earth habitable with an ever-increasing world population, it is essential that we use the water and the seabed as optimally, but also as responsibly, as possible.

At Damen, we provide unprecedented maritime solutions to utilize and protect these possibilities. Versatile platforms that enable our customers worldwide to be successful. Inventive ships that raise the standard in terms of safety, reliability, efficiency, ease of use and sustainability. In fact, we want to become the most sustainable shipbuilders in the world. Our ambitions lie in circularity and zero-emission sailing. Digitalising our platforms is a precondition for achieving the latter.

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 in the light of zero-emission and digitalisation. It is not efficient to find new solutions for every ship to get them ‘green’ and ‘connected’.

Based on our vision of circular, cradle-to-cradle, building, we offer ship-as-a-Service concepts, in which clients pay for use and not for ownership. In this way we keep control over the entire product lifecycle: from design, engineering, construction and maintenance to the recycling of our ships.

We do not build our ships alone, but together with an extensive network of maritime partners worldwide. As a main contractor, we are system integrators par excellence. That’s why we firmly believe in the power of sharing. It means that we also use our craftsmanship to build platforms at production facilities that are not ours. In this way, through knowledge transfer, we not only contribute to better, safer and more eco-friendly ships, but also to sustainable local development and prosperity.

As a family business, we operate independently of stock prices and hypes. Our playing field is the world. Our horizon is the long term. We firmly believe in fellowship, but also in the strength of the individual. Each colleague is focused on ensuring truly satisfied clients and making our contribution to a better world for the generations to come.