Quality assurance for Damen Antalya
Damen Shipyards Antalya has secured ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification coinciding with a period of rapid expansion seeing the addition of three new production halls over just two years.
“These certifications confirm the quality of our production processes,” said Auke van der Zee, managing director, Damen Shipyards Antalya. “They also show our commitment to safe and clean working practices. It is this dedication to quality that our customers expect from Damen.”
The yard attained these valuable endorsements of quality within a period of six months, apparently the shortest amount of time a company in Turkey has achieved this.
Damen Shipyards Antalya opened in 2013 after the purchase of the Cyrus yard by Damen Shipyards Group. Since then the yard has continued to develop building vessels up to 35m in length.
It also added steel and aluminium vessel fabrication to its list of capabilities last year with the addition of two new production halls. Production subsequently increased with the three sites delivering 54 ships in 2015. An increase of more than 20 compared to the previous year.
Importantly, this rise in production was accompanied by an increasing number of vessel types under production. Mr Van der Zee said: “The diversity of vessels that we build here is shown best by the fact that there are currently seven different types of ships in the water here."
These vessels include Damen’s Stan Pilot 1505, Stan Pilot 1605, Stan Patrol 1605, Interceptor 1503, Interceptor 1102, Fast Crew Supplier 5009 and the Search and Rescue Vessel 1906. Furthermore, the yard is also equipped to build various examples from Damen’s Public Transport range.
The yard’s expansion continued this year too with the inauguration of a fourth production hall. "With this new building location, we have further expanded our capacity for steel and aluminium vessel construction,” said Mr Van der Zee. “We can now build an even wider range of vessels, including larger ferries and Fast Yacht Support vessels."
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