One year of Damen’s American office
Damen’s Area Support North America branch office will soon celebrate its first year of business. Since its official opening on 1 July 2016, the office, located in the heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor, has represented the Damen Shipyards Group’s shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion services, and component parts in the USA and Canada.
The Houston office promotes a full range of ready-built, standard and custom design vessels as well as the products and services of our ‘License to Build’ programme, in which we offer our ship designs and construction expertise to any shipyard in the USA,
Continuing the success of these vessel license agreements (more than 100 Damen vessels have been built in the USA in the past 5 years), the new office supported and enabled the construction of 29 tugs at various USA-based shipyards since opening.
We not only bring our design and engineering capabilities to the table, but we also bring our construction expertise to US shipyards and oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico.
Another event taking place in the geographical scope of the Houston office was the establishment of Damen Shiprepair Curaçao. The newest yard in Damen Shiprepair & Conversion’s portfolio of worldwide yards expands the company’s ship repair activities across the Atlantic. Not only is the yard strategically located on the route to the Panama Canal, it is also outside the Caribbean Hurricane Belt. The more stable weather conditions will allow for optimised planning of the wide variety of vessels visiting the yard. Furthermore, as Curaçao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the yard can assure clients of smooth logistic connections and fast import of required materials. The relevance to the offshore market can be seen in the potential for offshore operators to reduce their fuel costs and sailing times in comparison with sailing to a European yard for repairs.