Damen Shipyards Group has concluded an informative seminar on the subject of Environmental Dredging for key players in the Chinese dredging industry. The two-day seminar presented several new developments from the field of environmental dredging. More than 50 representatives from over 20 Chinese dredging companies attended the seminar, which took place at the beginning of November.
Michiel Hendrikx, Damen Regional Sales Director Asia-Pacific, said: “The invited companies included the big state-owned dredging companiDamen Leads in Dredginges as well as smaller, more local dredging companies.” The event visited two of Damen’s Chinese yards: Damen Yichang Shipyard on the first day and Damen Shipyards Changde on the second.
Michiel Hendrikx continued: “First we welcomed our guests to Yichang, in the Hubei province. We held presentations in the morning; these highlighted Damen’s dredging products with a specific focus on the environmental dredging market and other new technologies.
“Here, we paid special attention to a modern, highly automated Trailer Hopper Suction Dredger 2000 that is currently under construction at Damen Yichang Shipyard. This 2000 m3 capacity vessel is being built as part of Damen’s speculative shipbuilding programme in order to ensure delivery of vessels with short delivery times.”
On the November 9, 2016, Mr Kommer Damen, Chairman of the Damen Shipyards Group, officially reopened the offices of Damen Dredging Equipment (DDE) in Nijkerk following an extensive refit and extension.
Among the many improvements, the building now provides visitors with a complete ‘dredging experience’, starting with displays in the hallways illustrating the challenges of living in the Low Countries and explaining why dredging has been an integral part of their history. The first floor then shows visitors how Damen and dredging together make a unique combination based on an exceptional standard of excellence.
The remaining floors complete the experience with exhibitions bringing to life the breadth of Damen’s dredging expertise. Equipment and hands-on demonstrations showcase the capabilities that Damen offers across capital, maintenance, environmental and aggregate dredging. In all, around 550m² of new space has been added.