Damen is celebrating nine decades of operations in the shipbuilding industry. From small beginnings in the 1920s, the company has grown into a renowned maritime service provider that employs 9,000 people. With Dutch roots, Damen’s expansion has been global. This growth can be viewed in terms of its yards, service hubs and other subsidiary companies as well as a globally-operating client base. For 90 years, Damen’s vessel designs have successfully served customers operating on all over the world.
Damen was originally established by two brothers, Jan and Rien Damen, in 1927. From facilities located on the banks of the River Merwede in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands, they managed the growing firm into a well-respected business.
When Kommer Damen took over in 1969, he introduced numerous changes to the ship fabrication process. Advances such as modular construction techniques and series…
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