Licensed to build
Robert E. Derecktor (Derecktor Shipyards) entered into a licensing agreement with Damen in March this year. In entering the agreement, Derecktor joins fellow North American yards Bollinger, Great Lakes, Metal Shark, Blount Boats, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (Trinity) and Horizon Shipbuilding. These agreements mean that the yards are able to build Damen’s proven vessel designs in the US; a solution to the Jones Act’s stipulation that vessels cannot be imported into the country.
The terms of such licencing agreements can vary to match the requirements of the individual yards. As an example of this, Derecktor, along with Blount Boats, holds a project-based agreement, whereas Great Lakes and Metal Shark hold more general agreements, enabling them to build a number of specified vessel types.
Licence holders are able to draw on Damen’s years of engineering and production experience and are supported in numerous ways throughout the building process by Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC). With DTC, the yards can call for assistance covering everything from initial drawings and supply of parts packages in line with the Jones Act, right up to on-site yard consultancy. Damen designs built under license in the US cover a wide range of vessel types across many sectors, including harbour towage, terminal operations, offshore supply and crew transfer and dredging equipment.