Who we are

At Damen, it's all about ships - it's what we do, it's who we are. We design them, we build them, we service them. We like them! We have a vision and we are on a mission. You can read about them here, in our global Vision & Mission statement.


Damen is a client-focused, international and family-owned shipbuilder with Dutch roots. We design and build innovative ships of excellent quality, supported by a worldwide network of sales and services including maintenance and repair & conversion facilities.


Damen aims to become a global market leader in niche markets of shipbuilding, shiprepair & conversion and related services, growing step by step developing quality vessels and services. Damen wants to exceed its clients’ expectations in terms of quality, innovation, and reliability. Damen must attract top customers – employees –and partners to be successful in a safe environment.


Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardized ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality. In addition, we have decades of experience in repair, conversion, maintenance, and refit projects, completing more than 1,500 jobs annually for all types of vessels and platforms.

Since 1969 Damen Shipyards has delivered more than 5,000 vessels. On average we deliver around 150 vessels a year and we always keep more than 150 hulls in stock to ensure short delivery time. Each year we complete more than 1,000 repair jobs.


We are a globally operating company, so we are never far away. Our teams of dedicated sales managers focus on specific countries and regions. While building strong business relationships, they give our customers a single point of contact. We build vessels either at our own yards or at our numerous partner yards around the world. This global presence means that we can build your vessel close to the delivery destination – considerably reducing the cost and guaranteeing a rapid response.

Our values


Damen was established by two brothers back in 1927. Today, with more than 12,000 employees, Damen Shipyards Group has earned a leading position in the shipbuilding world. We are an international company, but, at heart, we are still a family company with family values and deep respect for our maritime heritage. In 1922, the two Damen brothers, Jan and Rien, started building boats in a shed next to the family home. Five years later they formalized the company as Damen Brothers. It remained a small, yet prominent, company for more than 40 years.

In 1969 Kommer Damen bought the company from his father and introduced the concept of modular construction to build small boats and launches. This concept of standardisation (known today as The Damen Standard) generated clear advantages: fast delivery times, reduced costs and proven designs. The concept was an immediate success and in 1973 the company expanded to larger facilities in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.

Due to Gorinchem’s strategic position for the dredging industry, Damen built workboats and auxiliary equipment. These workboats soon gained an excellent reputation in many foreign markets and Kommer Damen saw the potential for export. The steady growth continued as Damen took over numerous yards specializing in niche markets. This led to the establishment of partnerships and business cooperations with yards all over the world.


Our unique, standardized shipbuilding concept is called The Damen Standard. It gives us the ability to offer our customers well-proven, innovative vessels for competitive prices. The standard hulls, which all have proven designs, can also be modified to meet customer wishes and equipped with various options to suit specific jobs and regulations.

Advantages of standardisation:

- Fast response to customer requests

- Competitive pricing

- Short delivery times due to stock vessels

- Reliability, proven and tested technology

- Continuous product development

- Interchangeability of vessels, crew, spares, equipment

- Low maintenance costs

- Guaranteed performance

- Benchmark for the industry

- High resale value

- Standard hulls finished to your requirements

Damen vessels are of the highest quality standard, built for maximum performance, low fuel consumption and designed to have low maintenance. We have years of experience in the engineering, building, and testing of these standard hulls. And we keep a wide range of these proven, standard hulls in stock. That’s why we can guarantee the best result and the shortest delivery time.