Damen extends shipbuilding range in China

Damen Yichang Shipyard is building on its strong experience of building cargo vessels up to 15,000dwt Damen Yichang Shipyard is building on its strong experience of building cargo vessels up to 15,000dwt
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Damen Yichang Shipyard, the joint venture between Damen Shipyards Group and Sinotrans, has extended the range of ships it can offer customers – previously cargo vessels under 15,000dwt - to include gas tankers, offshore support vessels, dredgers, barges and pontoons.

The company is finalising plans for LNG tanker and dredger construction and is already producing several specialised pontoons. The yard on the Yangtze River has the capacity to build ten pontoons and two tankers, dredgers or OSVs simultaneously.

“We have been building high quality vessels for a long time, this is more about adjusting the organisation to new products,” said Hans Voorneveld, executive director at Damen Shipyards Group. “Damen Yichang Shipyards is offering a new portfolio of sophisticated vessels in one integrated package – from engineering, steel building, outfitting and trials right through to commissioning.”

The yard boasts steel-cutting facilities, six berths for section building and assembly and a sideways launching system, and is staffed by around 1,000 employees. The joint venture between Damen and Sinotrans was founded in 1999.

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