Damen Anchor & Chain Factory demonstrates welding expertise
Quality management certificates renewed
Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF) has shown it remains expert in welding following the renewal of its ISO certification. The certificates; ISO 9001 and ISO 3834 welding procedure show AKF follows stringent quality management systems and has strict procedures in place for its welders and welding procedures.
“The ISO 3834 welding procedure is a foundation for Damen Anchor & Chain Factory for its future strategy in meeting the market demands in custom made towing chains and the repair of towing and hoisting equipment,” explained Laurens van Gelder, General Manager of AKF. “Offshore companies and steel mills require us to have certain procedures in place and of course want to be assured they are receiving quality standards in welding jobs. Receiving our renewal shows we remain experts in the field of welding.”
The certification addresses all aspects of design and fabrication of welded components, including welding procedure specifications, quality control and quality assurance during welding.
In order to receive the qualification, AKF had to demonstrate its welding and procedures are of the highest quality and use quality components. Welders have extensive training and experience, their skills are verified and comply with all applicable codes and standards.
Mr Van Gelder added: “Most of the well-known offshore companies in the field of oil and gas and steel mills requiring heavy duty hoisting equipment already know where to find us. Being an anchor and chain producer from origin, Damen Anchor & Chain Factory is among the world’s most experienced companies to handle such requests.”
The welding certification, which is part of ISO 9001, was first obtained in 2012 and covers hoisting and towing equipment, anchors and chains. ISO 9001 was first obtained in 1998.
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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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