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Inauguration New Building at Damen Shipyards Cape Town

Multifunctional eye-catcher designed to meet the needs of a swiftly expanding shipyard

On December 3rd, 2012, Kommer Damen, President of Damen Shipyards Group, officially opened the new, multifunctional building of Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT). The clever and outstanding design combines a 1.125m2 services workshop and logistics centre on the ground floor topped off with offices and meeting rooms above. Those designated to work in the upper part of the building may be easily distracted by the breathtaking views over the harbour and Table Mountain.

Following the establishment of DSCT in 2007, the company has experienced an impressive growth in recent times and the order book is comfortably filled. The number of people working at the yard has increased to over 200 persons over the past twelve months. Managing Director Frank Rebel: “The additional space created by the new multi-purpose shed and offices will allow us to further expand our operations here in Cape Town.”

“Our in-house training centre currently accommodates 36 enthusiastic and talented welding and boilermaking apprentices (both male and female) in various phases of education. But education & training does not stop at artisan level. We believe in constant self-improvement for a healthy and competitive company, and so various training courses are offered at all levels within the organization.” DSCT’s stockpile management enables the shipyard to maintain a constant workflow, which translates to constant levels of local employment.

Investing in South Africa

Frank Rebel has clear ideas about the further development of the site. “We do not only wish to uphold the Damen standard in our products. To incorporate this standard in our buildings and facilities is equally important. It will reflect on everything else, people and community alike”. The opening of the building will give Mr Rebel a chance to highlight the firm roots that Damen is taking in African soil. The ongoing, multi-million Rand investment program in logistics, internal organization and infrastructure has been given a face. The company’s BBBEE rating of 3 and a substantial NIPP-offset are further evidence that serious endeavours are being made towards long-term growth in Africa.

Building high-quality ships in Africa for African clients remains DSCT’s main goal, thus benefitting from the emerging Sub-Saharan market. The Cape Town yard can build a wide range of vessels in both aluminium and steel, with conventional designs or with the revolutionary Axe-Bow design. DSCT builds Offshore Patrol Vessels, Inshore Patrol Vessels, (high speed) naval craft, dredgers, research vessels, pontoons and crew supply vessels. All products are made according to proven, standardized technology based on years of R&D and client feedback.

The photo shows, from left to right:
Mr Frank Rebel, Mr Montsi’s daughter, Mr Montsi,Mr Kommer Damen,Ms. Annelies Damen (daughter of K.Damen)

DAMEN Shipyards Cape Town: building in Africa for Africa
DAMEN Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) is part of the Damen Shipyards group. Damen employs over 7,000 people, operates more than 35 shipyards worldwide and delivers up to 150 vessels every year. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept and short delivery times, Damen is able to guarantee constant quality.

Our approach? Proven technology, standardised ship-design, short delivery times, constant quality and a high degree of commonality.

DSCT builds naval craft, patrol vessels, dredgers, tugs and offshore vessels up to 80m that can be delivered COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf). DSCT invests heavily in training and education of its local employees.

With a BBBEE-rating of 3 and a substantial NIP-offset, Damen is truly embedded in South Africa and committed to building high-quality ships.

Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group (est. 1927) operates more than 45 shipyards, repair yards and related companies worldwide. Damen employs over 6,000 people in 34 countries, has delivered over 5,000 vessels since 1969 and delivers up to 150 vessels annually. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept and short delivery times, Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation and modular construction leads to short delivery times (Damen keeps vessels in stock), low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value, proven technology and reliable performance. Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, offshore support vessels, oil-spill response vessels and even frigates and super yachts. In addition to shipbuilding, Damen offers efficient customer support, customer financing and complete lifecycle service.


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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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