Emma Maersk Gets Damen Remodel


The Emma Mærsk, one of Maersk Line’s longest container vessels, has recently departed from Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) following drydock services, a special survey and maintenance works.

DSBr, located in Brest, Northern France is conveniently positioned along Emma Mærsk’s regular voyage between Northern Europe and the Far East via the English Channel and the Suez Canal.

Damen’s location in Brest is one of the few yards in the Northern European region that has drydocks with dimensions sufficiently large to accommodate ships the enormous size of Emma Maersk.

With large drydock facilities in the ports of Brest, Dunkerque and Rotterdam, Damen can accommodate Maersk Line’s largest vessels, and similar, large container vessels operated by other vessel operators.

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The Emma Mærsk completed her second Special Survey, as well as assorted maintenance works at the shipyard, including the removal and subsequent refit of the propeller, which is amongst the heaviest in the world.

Other works included the inspection of the boiler valves, ship side valves, inspection of the anchor and chains, and a complete wash down of the antifouling area, which is the equivalent of four football pitches.

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Boudewijn Baan, Sales Manager at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said: “It’s been a privilege to work on such a ground-breaking vessel and great to see our largest dock accommodating a ship of her size.”

Robert Diepenbroek, Managing Director at Damen Shiprepair Brest, said: “The shipyard was originally built to service the largest LNG, seagoing and cruise vessels. Recently cruise vessel Norwegian Epic completed her first retrofit here within three weeks, and the works on the Emma Mærsk mark another milestone in building ship owners’ trust in our company.”

Fact File: Damen Shipyards operates 32 ship-and-repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approximately 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. 

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