Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards have started to transition to new ISO certifications as part of an ongoing initiative to standardise operating procedures across the group.
The defined set of common standards will build cooperation between yards, ensuring work on joint projects is better understood and temporary reassignment of team members to other yards is therefore easier, delivering greater flexibility to Damen’s customers and increased efficiency for each yard.
Damen has focused on a range of standards for quality and health and safety, including ISO 3834-2, which defines rigorous quality procedures for the fusion welding of metallic materials and represents the highest possible accolade in the welding industry.
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Coenraad Tool, Quality Manager at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, commented: “Our programme to gain ISO certification across all our yards, currently 16 locations, is so that clients can have confidence that, whichever Damen yard they choose for a project, they will receive the same high international standards of workmanship, operations and customer service.
“Each yard will of course have its own character and traditions based on its history and the people that work there, but the attention to detail and quality will be consistent and predictable.”
This month (February, 2017) also saw Damen expand its ship repair activities across the Trans-Atlantic Ocean.