Damen Technical Cooperation provides local solutions for shipbuilding projects
“We are currently building in 16 countries around the world,” explains Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) Product Director Frits van Drenth. “This includes ASD tugs, 90m Offshore Patrol Vessels and a 2,500m3 trailing suction hopper dredger.
“In principle, we can provide anything between the supply of a design & engineering package and a completed turnkey project,” Mr Van Drenth continues. This highlights just one of the key customer advantages of DTC’s services that enable Damen vessels to be built locally, anywhere in the world using prefabricated shipbuilding kits. “It is possible to build the full range of proven Damen designs, so technical and operational performance is guaranteed,” he adds.
The range of services DTC offers is extensive – far beyond the scope of just delivering the parts. “Local yards often use our experts to assist during construction of the vessel. We can assist the yards on every level from general management to supplying foremen and engineers,” comments Mr Van Drenth. “If a client has his own design, we can also assist him by supplying materials, training and building assistance.” This flexibility meets the demands of more specific projects. “We also can assist local yards to prepare tender proposals – we provide the specs, the plans and all the relevant documentation while compiling the feasibility studies.”
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There are numerous reasons to build locally; maybe regulations prohibit importing vessels from abroad or require a minimum local content. For some operating areas, local construction is the only option: “If you want to sail at Lake Victoria or Laga Titicaca you have to build on-site because there is no other way to get your vessel over there,” explains Mr Van Drenth. By using DTC’s services, customers have access to support from the entire Damen organisation; from research and product development to spare parts delivery and customer finance plans.
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem provides overall technical support. A dedicated Project Manager organises the flow of materials; a highly automated process of parts inventory and distribution. “DTC’s collaborative approach results in short delivery times, in comparison to traditional shipbuilding. On completion, commissioning and trials are performed in the presence of Damen specialists,” says Mr Van Drenth. “To date we have executed more than 1,000 projects in 70 different countries.”