Thank you for opening the third edition of our annual magazine. DAMEN #3 tries to give you an overall impression of the past year and our plans for the future. You’ll find stories and impressions of projects, people, products and of course our customers. Should you have any feedback on the articles, or for that matter, our ships, please feel free to make your comments known to us.
A lot is happening in today’s maritime markets and I think I can safely say that once again we find ourselves in a transitional period – but then perhaps this is the normal state of affairs in today’s business. At least four of the markets we serve experience setbacks and both our clients and our newbuild and repair yards have to deal with that – we need to become ever more efficient and have put several programmes in place to get there.
At the same time, we had a record order intake in early 2015 and this is partly due to the fact that Damen operates in many different markets. Another reason is the continuous investment in R&D programmes; still another reason, perhaps the most important one, is the fact that we have a dedicated workforce, people who are ready to go the extra mile and go it together.
Whether it’s about a new design, environmentally sound production methods, financing schemes, 24/7 technical assistance or even civil engineering, they take pride in offering you the best solution. If I were to describe our organisation collectively, the words ‘innovative craftsmen’ come to my mind and we’ll do our best to make sure you can agree with that. The results of their efforts are recorded in these pages. I hope you have an interesting read.