Damen opens new yard in Vietnam

24 Mar 2014

Damen Shipyards Group has added a new yard, one of the largest in the group, to its portfolio, following the formal opening of the Damen Song Cam shipyard, a joint venture between Damen and several local partners.

The yard was inaugurated by the Vietnamese Minister of Transport Mr Nguyen Hong Truong, and is intended to bring a western-style shipyard, compliant with European health, safety and environmental standards, into a Vietnamese environment. The yard will initially produce around 40 ships per year, a output which is expected to double when the second phase is completed. It occupies a 43 hectare site, with direct sea access, and a 500m frontage to the River Cam. It has a 120m long x 85m wide outfitting hall, extensive paint and carpentry workshops, and a 60m x 24m Syncrolift.

It is expected to become the largest series producer in the Damen Group. Damen has been working with five Vietnamese shipyards for more than 12 years, having delivered some 226 vessels.

Pim Schuurman, MD of Damen Holding Vietnam, said: “Vietnam has a lot of shipbuilding knowledge, the people are very hard working and in the next stage of Damen’s Vietnam journey we are looking forward to having our own Joint Venture shipyard, which has been designed to maximise efficiency. Damen built up its presence in Vietnam by subcontracting to yards in Hai Phong initially and the number-one yard was Song Cam and now it is great to see it become our partner in Damen Song Cam.”

Chris Groninger, MD of Damen Song Cam said: “Damen started building in Vietnam for the first time at Song Cam yard and this venture was such a successful cooperation for both Damen and Song Cam that we decided to bring this to the next level and that led to Damen Song Cam.”

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