Damen acquires Swedish shiprepair yard

25 May 2012
The Oskarshamnsvarvet repair yard in Sweden – now part of the Damen Shipyards group

The Oskarshamnsvarvet repair yard in Sweden – now part of the Damen Shipyards group

Dutch shipbuilding group Damen Shipyards has recently acquired the shares of Swedish ship repair and maintenance yard Oskarshamnsvarvet; Damen intends to continue the current operations at the yard.

The yard, at Oskarshamn, specialises in maintenance and repair of vessels up to 80m and since 1863 has built, repaired and maintained a substantial part of the Swedish coastal fleet. The yard has a floating dock, a slipway, and a 100ton portal crane. In addition to shiprepair the company is active in industrial activities, such as specialised crane assembly and the production of special-purpose containers. Oskarshamnsvarvet employs about 60 people and has been profitable over the past few years.

René Berkvens, CEO Damen Shipyards, says: “The takeover of Oskarshamnsvarvet fits right into our strategy to increase Damen’s network of ship repair yards in Europe. Moreover, Oskarshamnsvarvet is a solid base from which we can provide services to existing and new (Swedish) clients. We look forward to work with the yard and its employees.”

Martijn Smit has been appointed as board member of Oskarshamnsvarvet. Damen now has two Swedish repair yards: Oskarshamnsvarvet on the east coast and Damen Shiprepair Götaverken on the west coast. Damen operates nine ship repair and conversion yards along the North Sea coast and three repair yards in the Middle East.

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