Three Dutch Auxiliaries to Receive Midlife Upgrade

July 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – The support ship Pelikaan and the hydrographic survey vessels Snellius and Luymes get a major makeover. The ships thus enter the 2nd half of their life cycle with a fresh start. Defense and Damen Shiprepair Den Helder signed today for this so-called midlife upkeep (MLU). Safety and aging problems are solved with maintenance. In this way the ships get a new so-called ship’s skin and radars and communication equipment are renewed. Major maintenance for ship systems also follows. This is combined with regular major…

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IOM Orders Nine Damen SAR 1906 Boats

June 19, 2019 – At a signing ceremony held at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) offices in Ankara, Turkey, Vladimer Gvilava, chief of mission IOM in Turkey, and Boran Bekbulat, Damen sales manager Turkey, signed a contract for the building and delivery of nine Damen SAR 1906 search and rescue boats for the Turkish Coast Guard Command. Financed by the European Union, these 19-meter boats will be in addition to the six vessels of the same class ordered in 2016, which were delivered to Turkish Coast Guard Command the…

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Damen Shipyards Den Helder signs order with Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization for Expeditionary Survey Boat

March 25, 2019 – Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) and the Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization (DMO) procurement agency have signed a contract for the design, build and delivery of a prototype Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB). The craft will be optimized for rapid environmental assessments and hydrographic surveys in harbors, river mouths, shallow waters, coastal areas and shipping channels. The craft will be manned by four persons; two to crew the boat and two technicians to operate the hydrographic equipment, and will be able to spend up over 60 hours continuously…

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Mexican Navy relies on Thales for the launch of its new Ocean Patrol Vessel

January 17, 2019 – At the end of 2018, the first ship from the Mexican Navy’s new POLA (Patrullera Oceanica de Largo Alcance) class, ARM Reformador, was launched at the ASTIMAR-20 shipyard in Salina Cruz, Mexico. Thales joins with the Mexican Navy in celebrating this key milestone and is proud to support the Mexican Navy in its ambition to safeguard Mexican territorial waters. The ARM Reformador, weighing 2,600 tonnes, is equipped with a full Thales mission suite that enables the crew to perform their surveillance and security missions. Under a…

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Saab and Damen Submarine Targets Dutch Requirement

October 23, 2018 (Google Translation) – Saab and Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group have joined forces to develop an expeditionary submarine for the Netherland´s Walrus Replacement Program (WRES). The partnership was highlighted today in Paris during a joint press conference at the Euronaval international naval exhibition on the proposed Expeditionary Submarine. “Replacing the Walrus-class submarines requires a unique approach. Swedish modular submarine design and production techniques coupled with the Dutch shipbuilding tradition bring together the capabilities needed to deliver an assured operational capability”, said Gunnar Wieslander, Senior Vice President, head…

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Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding announced as one of the Fan sponsors of SAIL Amsterdam 2020

October 9, 2018 – Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) will be a Fan sponsorship partner of SAIL Amsterdam 2020, which is one of the biggest maritime events in the world. Held every five years in the Dutch capital, an entire flotilla of tall ships dock in Amsterdam alongside many specialist vessels, and hundreds of thousands of visitors come to enjoy the spectacle. This maritime feast for the eye sails along the River IJ before docking in the heart of the city. Managing Director of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Hein van…

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Damen Shipyards Galati opens historical exhibition as part of continuing 125 year anniversary celebrations

September 10, 2018 – Displaying an extensive collection of historical maritime memorabilia, Damen Shipyards Galati has opened an exhibition in the Lower Danube University in the Romanian city of Galati. The exhibition is part of the yard’s 125 year anniversary celebrations that began with the annual Shipbuilder’s Day festivities on 15 August. The exhibition opened on 1 September with a ceremony attended by numerous invited guests including Damen Shipyards Group Board President Jason Bronscheer and the mayor of the city of Galati, Mr. Ionut Pucheanu. Containing various items such as…

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Mexican Navy and Damen cooperating in most technologically advanced naval ship in Latin America

Damen Shipyards Group and the Mexican Navy, via the Directorate General of Shipbuilding, are currently working together to build the Long Range Ocean Patrol (POLA (from its initials in Spanish)), the most technologically advanced vessel in Latin America. With this, the Mexican Navy will join the long list of navies around the world that have Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding vessels in their fleets. POLA will be the Mexican version of the Damen SIGMA 10514, a proven design that has booked successful results internationally. POLA will be 107 metres in length,…

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Viet Nam starts building its first submarine rescue ship

A keel laying ceremony was held on Thursday in the northeastern port city of Haiphong to mark the building of Viet Nam’s first submarine search and rescue ship. The vessel will not only serve the Vietnamese navy force’s needs in its waters, but also engage in international submarine rescue operations when the situation demands. The vessel, numbered MSSARS 9316, measures 94m long, 16m wide, and 5.85m high, with a displacement measurement (i.e. weight) reaching 4,000 tonnes. The vessel will feature an on-deck helipad and a “robust dynamic positioning system and…

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DSCT will deliver three Inshore Patrol Vessels for the South African Navy

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has received an order from  – the acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence – for three Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV), 62 x 11 metres. The vessels form part of the South African Navy’s Project Biro. The project aims to develop South Africa’s maritime security, ensuring that the country has the capability to respond effectively, rapidly and cost-efficiently to maritime threats such as illegal trafficking and fishing. DSCT received the order exactly four years to the day that it received the order to…

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Defence Force Hosts Conference for Damen Patrol Craft Users from Around the Americas

Bahamas co-hosted the 3rd Annual Stan Patrol User Group (SPUG) Conference. The prime objective of the meeting was to transfer knowledge concerning operations, maintenance, engineering, design, logistics and customer relations between DAMEN and the owners of DAMEN built vessel to further enhance maintenance and the operational efficiency of these Stan Patrol vessels. The two-day conference was sponsored by DAMEN, Alphatron Marine and Pon Power and hosted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force from November 16th – 17th, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference was, “Disaster Preparedness, Relief and Recovery, from a maritime perspective.”  …

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Damen’s Leading Position in Global OPV Market

Damen Shipyards Group has compiled a comprehensive summary of its worldwide shipbuilding activities regarding Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). The information shows that, with five vessels delivered in the last year and 15 currently under construction, Damen has unrivalled experience in serving the naval industry with its OPV portfolio. Moreover, the company is just as capable of completing complex naval projects in cooperation with local shipyards as it is in constructing vessels at its own yards. OPVs are playing an increasingly significant role in modern naval operations. They offer a versatile…

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Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz takes part in a symbolic coin ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval

On Thursday 17th August, the Secretary of the Mexican Navy, Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, took part in a symbolic coin ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) at Vlissingen in the Netherlands. He was accompanied by the Secretary of National Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos. The ceremony is a part of the shipbuilding process, traditionally aimed at attracting good fortune for a vessel under construction. On this occasion, the vessel is a Damen Sigma 10514 Long Range Patrol Vessel. On Thursday 17th August, the Secretary of the Mexican Navy, Admiral…

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Damen Submits Tender for 12 Australian OPVs

April 6, 2017 – Damen Shipyards Group has submitted a tender for the SEA 1180 Phase 1 Project to deliver twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels to the Royal Australian Navy. To demonstrate its commitment to on time and within specification delivery Damen submitted its response early. Damen has teamed with ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding, a joint venture established to build the initial two ships in South Australia and further 10 in Western Australia, to compete for the foundation project of Australia’s continuous Naval shipbuilding enterprise. The joint venture is already investing in…

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