Damen Shipyards Antalya shifts up a gear

Regulatory, Ship Conversions, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Shiprepair, Technical, Technology — By on August 9, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Damen Shipyards AntalyaOn production and quality: Damen’s Turkish yard continues growth

Meeting all requirements regarding quality, safety and the environment, Damen Shipyards Antalya has secured comprehensive ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. This achievement coincides with a period of rapid expansion that has seen the addition of three new production halls within the space of two years.

“These certifications confirm the quality of our production processes,” comments Damen Shipyards Antalya Managing Director Auke van der Zee. “They also show our commitment to safe and clean working practices. It is this dedication to quality that our customers expect from Damen.”

Moreover, the yard attained these valuable endorsements of quality within a period of six months; the shortest amount of time a company in Turkey has achieved this.

Skills diversification

Damen Shipyards Antalya opened in 2013 after the purchase of the Cyrus yard by Damen Shipyards Group. Since then the yard has continued to develop and build vessels up to 35 metres in length.

Despite being best known for specialising in composite vessel construction, Damen Shipyards Antalya added steel and aluminium vessel fabrication to its list of capabilities last year with the addition of two new production halls. Production subsequently increased: the three sites delivered 54 ships in 2015 (an increase of more than 20 compared to the previous year).

Importantly, this rise in production was accompanied by an increasing number of vessel types under production. “The diversity of vessels that we build here is shown best by the fact that there are currently seven different types of ships in the water here,” highlights Van der Zee.

These vessels include Damen’s Stan Pilot 1505, Stan Pilot 1605, Stan Patrol 1605, Interceptor 1503, Interceptor 1102, Fast Crew Supplier 5009 and the Search and Rescue Vessel 1906. Furthermore, the yard is also equipped to build various examples from Damen’s Public Transport range.

Future thinking

The yard’s expansion continued this year too with the inauguration of a fourth production hall. “With this new building location, we have further expanded our capacity for steel and aluminium vessel construction,” says Van der Zee. “We can now build an even wider range of vessels, including larger ferries and Fast Yacht Support vessels.

“If you look at how much we have achieved in such a short time, I’m very curious to see what we will accomplish over the next three and a half years.”

Damen Shipyards Group

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.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

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