On 1 July 2015, Oranjewerf Ship Repair, which joined Damen Shipyards Group in 1989, will officially change its name to Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. This name change will be the final step of integration for the yard into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, part of the Damen Shipyards Group.
Oranjewerf was founded in 1949 and boasts an extensive history and acquired expertise within ship repair. The collaboration between Damen Shipyards Group and Oranjewerf also has a long history, which began 26 years ago.
Ronald Otten, Managing Director at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf, said: “We want to stand out to our customers as one group, one name, one quality. This name change means we will be known as one repair group, especially to our foreign customers.
“If we are unable to dock or repair a boat at our facility then we have other resources within our network available to us, this means we can better serve our customers.
“We are already collaborating with other Damen repair yards. We sit together every quarter and especially work closely with Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam. This collaboration is only getting better.”
Otten concluded: “There is an impact on Health and Safety as this is a priority,” says Mr. Otten. “We are currently in the process of becoming ISO 9001 certified, which means we will also uphold the high level of safety that is present at all Damen shipyards.”
Fact File: Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide.