Damen Shipyards’ Five Year Milestone


Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) is celebrating its first five years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven its capability to support Qatar’s national strategy for economic diversification.

Arnout Damen, CCO of Damen Shipyards, said: “The success of NDSQ is a credit to the vision of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of Qatar, as original founder of the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard complex.

“On this occasion we’d like to thank the State of Qatar and our partner Nakilat, and congratulate the NDSQ team for their achievements.”

By building these vessels in Qatar, Mr Damen says that NDSQ is supporting the economic diversification and development strategy in the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Mr Damen continues: “We are proud to be delivering Damen vessels for the Hamad Port Project due to open next year, including four ASD Tugs 2913, three Stan Tugs 1606 and four Stan Pilot 1505 boats. We now also have a Letter of Intent in hand from the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces for one diving support vessel and six naval patrol boats.

“Damen’s designs have not only proven effective for their functions, but they are also engineered with low total cost of ownership in mind. So our clients benefit from Damen’s research and development efforts into fuel efficient sustainable innovations, as well as expertise in hybrid and LNG power alternatives.”

Fact File: NDSQ was established in 2010 as a joint-venture between Qatar Gas Transport Company and Damen Shipyards. Located in the North Eastern corner of Qatar, the yard is ideally positioned in the middle of the Arabian Gulf and able to build ships up to 170 metres in length in steel, aluminium and composites.

Fact File: Damen Shipyards 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. Based on its standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

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