Projects at Damen’s Dunkerque yard include ship repairs and conversions, assembly of offshore wind turbines and structures, and new-build shipbuilding. And Mark Jan Van den Akker, the recently appointed CEO of Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque has big plans in all three areas. Here, he also discusses the yard’s role within the Netherlands-headquartered group.
Mer et Marine: The Damen group has two yards in France, one at Brest, the other at Dunkerque. What is the strategy? Do they compete with each other or work together?
Mark Jan Van den Akker: The group strategy is not based on competition between the different yards, but on cooperation, taking into account each one’s financial and geographical constraints. For instance, whereas Dunkerque pays rent, the yards in the Netherlands own their premises and infrastructure. A Damen ship repair project in our region may involve Dunkerque, Vlissingen, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Business and sales policies are coordinated at group level, so rather than compete, the…
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