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Dutch prime minister Rutte visits Damen Shipyards

On Tuesday, November 22nd, Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited Damen Shipyards' Head Office in Gorinchem (The Netherlands). The visit was motivated by Mr Rutte's wish to stay continuously informed of current and future developments in the Dutch industry, especially the shipbuilding industry and the Dutch maritime cluster.

Kommer Damen (Chairman of the Board), René Berkvens (CEO) and Arnout Damen (COO) welcomed Mr Rutte in Damen's reception hall and started out with a general overview of the worldwide operating company by watching the Damen corporate film (

The premier showed great interest in Damen's vessels and production processes when touring the yard, its production halls and the quaysides, where the company keeps a large number of workboats in stock in order to serve its clients with fast deliveries. On the way, Mr Rutte spoke with many of the engineers, welders and foremen at work. Finally, Mr Rutte and his company sat down in Mr Damen's office to discuss several topics of mutual interest in a relaxed atmosphere.

Damen Shipyards is proud to have been part of this pleasant and useful visit and hopes to welcome the premier again in the future at one of the 35 shipyards.

Photo: (Left to right) CEO René Berkvens, Premier Mark Rutte, CoB Kommer Damen, COO Arnout Damen


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Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

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