Damen to takeover Curaçao Drydock

Sep 16 2016


The Curaçao Government and Damen Shipyards Group signed a concession agreement for the future operation of the Curaçao Drydock Co on 9th September.

Damen will establish a new company in Curaçao under the name Damen Shiprepair Curaçao. It is expected that Damen will start operations in the two graving docks and on the available quays at the end of October, 2016.

Part of the agreement includes Damen bringing in extra capacity in the shape of a floating dock. Furthermore, a total of $40 mill will be invested in the infrastructure and training facilities for personnel.

The facilities of Damen Shiprepair Curaçao currently consist of two graving docks (280 x 48 m and 193 x 26.5 m), as well as around 2,000 m of repair quays together with 13 cranes.

René Berkvens, CEO, Damen Shipyards Group, signed the agreement with the Minister of Economic Development, Eugene Rhuggenaath. “Whilst having a long history in building and delivering new ships to customers in the Americas, this is the first step in our ambition to play a major role in shiprepair and conversion in the Caribbean area. This strategic partnership between Damen and Curaçao fits into our strategy to further expand our repair and service activities worldwide.”

Damen Shiprepair Curaçao will become part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion group, which currently operates 40 drydocks in 15 shipyards worldwide.

 



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