Introduction by Kommer Damen
Welcome to the fifth edition of our annual Damen magazine. This year’s volume is a special one, marking as it does 90 years since brothers Jan and Marinus Damen started Damen Brothers Shipyard. In these pages we take a look back at the events, vessels and – most importantly of all – the people that have contributed to the Damen story.
Of course, as we celebrate this anniversary we also keep in mind the challenges that are currently faced by some of the industries we serve. These are a reminder of the cyclical nature of the shipbuilding industry; we have seen similar times before. Then, as now, our presence in so many of the maritime sectors positions us well to weather the storm.
And certainly, there are markets that continue to perform well – fishing and aquaculture for example; sectors for which we have recently unveiled new designs. The drive towards renewable energy and green solutions continues to gather pace. We have answered this call with a comprehensive range of products catering to, for example, the offshore wind industry and the recently ratified IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.
Yachting is also experiencing good times. Here the synergy between Damen and Amels is bringing fresh options to our clients. Last year we received the order for the first of our SeaXplorer range – Damen built adventure yachts that are being marketed by Amels.
Challenging times also serve to remind us that our industry demands constant innovation. As always at Damen, we hold a long-term view on things and are taking the time to develop our portfolio of solutions so that, when the upturn comes we will be ready to respond.
A lot has happened in 90 years and the maritime industry has experienced some profound changes. Some things, however, stay the same, including our approach of listening to what our clients have to say and having the flexibility to respond to their needs. In this way we aim to continue long into the future, delivering reliable solutions with the same pride and craftsmanship that have been our hallmarks from the beginning.
Enjoy the issue!