Damen Marine Components
Contracts, deliveries, expansion
In the past weeks Damen Marine Components (DMC), part of Damen Shipyards Group, has completed several projects for the offshore, ports, defence and fishing markets. Furthermore DMC received a new ISO certificate and is expanding its business and facilities in Poland.
Damen Marine Components has recently delivered a twin propeller nozzle set for MAN in Chile, which also ordered a second set. The MAN AHT type nozzles have an inside diameter of 4,020 mm and will be mounted into AHTS vessels.
Push-tow shipping company ThyssenKrupp Veerhaven (the Netherlands) took delivery of the converted pusher tug ‘Neushoorn IV’. The Neushoorn IV is capable of pushing six loaded barges. The ship is 40 x 15 m and offers space for nine crew cabins, a gym, a changing room, a mess room and a caboose. There is also a large wheelhouse and a control room. The power comes from three Wärtsilä 8L20 diesel engines each providing 1380 kW at 1000 rpm. Propeller propulsion is ensured by Damen Optima nozzles with an inside diameter of 2,060 mm.
DMC was contracted for engineering works and the stir produce of a Damen Sail Training Vessel. The rudder trunk of this new STV will be delivered in July, while the stir will be delivered by DMC Gdańsk (Poland) in August 2013.
For fishing vessel ‘TX 43’, docking at Damen’s facilities on the Dutch isle of Texel (a docking and repair location of Damen Shipyards Den Helder) Damen Marine Components delivered a number of steel and aluminium components, such as prefabricated fish bins.
DMC was very proud to welcome al large delegation of the Rolls-Royce Procurement Management on its facilities in Gdańsk. The delegation, led by Mr Gordon Tytler, Executive Vice President Purchasing Marine, noticed the in-house developed production system of propeller nozzles, based on the spinning method and resulting in smooth, single-weld nozzles.
Propeller nozzle and maritime constructions specialist Damen Marine Components has gained the new and comprehensive quality assurance status by way of an upgrade and extension from its previous ISO 9000:2004 certificate. DMC has been issued the ISO 14001:2004 certificate by Bureau Veritas. The certificate includes an array of environmental, HRM and legislative aspects. Manager Organisation and Operation of DMC, Mr Nick Hoegee says: “For us, such a certificate is no window dressing. Nor do we consider it to be the conclusion of the assessments and auditing proceeds. It is the continuations of our ongoing strive for improvement.”
Expansion of production capacity
DMC’s expansion at its Polish facilities has started. The production hall in Elblag is now fully in operation. Production capacity will continue to grow as new machines are being installed in the next few months. Because of this expansion, DMC will soon be able to deliver its products to virtually all customer requirements.
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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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