Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), a part of Damen Shipyards Group, has announced the acquisition of the Keppel Verolme shipyard from Keppel Offshore & Marine.
DSC’s acquisition of the yard follows an initial agreement made between the two parties in April of this year.
From 1 July, the Keppel Verolme shipyard, including its 250 staff members, will continue operations under the Damen flag.
With three dry docks – the largest of which measures 405 x 90 metres – and almost 2 kilometres of quay capacity, the Verolme yard, located in Rotterdam’s Botlek harbour, will significantly expand DSC’s portfolio.
DSC already operates eight repair and conversion yards in the Netherlands and another eight abroad.
Durk-Jan Nederlof, Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said: “We look forward to joining forces with the Verolme yard and its people.
“The facilities and personnel are complementary to our existing organisation.
“This acquisition will enable us to serve our existing clients even better while opening up new opportunities.”
Damen Shipyards Group recently made a major step forward in the application of 3D printing techniques in the maritime sector after entering into a cooperative consortium with RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas to develop the world’s first class-approved 3D printed ship’s propeller.