DAMEN SCHELDE NAVAL SHIPBUILDING
In 2001, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) joined the Damen Shipyards Group. The Royal Schelde company has a rich history, dating back over 140 years.
Based in the south-west of the Netherlands in the historic harbour city of Vlissingen, the yard had long held a valued reputation for quality in both naval and commercial sectors, delivering over 400 vessels since 1875. Since becoming part of Damen, the Schelde yard has introduced the successful concept of standardised modular production to a number of projects.
NAVAL MODULARISATION AT WORK
A notable example of this are the recent SIGMA 10514 PKR frigates for the Indonesian Navy. The construction of these vessels – the first of which was delivered in January this year – is via a collaborative process, which sees simultaneous production taking place at DSNS in Vlissingen and at the PT PAL Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia.
On 4th December, 2001, Queen Beatrix visited the Gorinchem yard to name the Seagoing Patrol Vessel, Visarend, for the Dutch Customs.
In 2003, the then Princess Máxima named the last in a series of four Air Defence and Command Frigates of the Seven Provinces Class built for the Royal Dutch Navy.
20th January 2009 saw Queen Beatrix name the Patrol Vessel of the Water Police Force, P99. The vessel was the last in a series of ten, delivered by Damen between 2008 and 2009.
Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte visited Damen Shipyards Gorinchem on 23rd November, 2011. His visit was in order to keep inform of the state of Dutch industry. Mr Rutte is pictured here with Damen CEO René Berkvens, and Kommer and Arnout Damen.
On 21st January, 2013, Minister of Defence, Miss Hennis-Plasschaert, visited Gorinchem for a yard tour with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Director Hein van Ameijden, Kommer and Arnout Damen.
On 2nd April, 2014, Queen Máxima named the Search and Rescue Vessel NH1816 in her home port of IJmuiden.
CREATING VIBRANCY AND PROSPERITY
Recently, when Kommer Damen was awarded Honoured Citizen status of the City of Gorinchem, the town’s Mayor praised Damen for encouraging this cultural exchange, which has contributed so much to the vibrancy and prosperity of the city.