This January, Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) reached a significant milestone in celebrating its tenth anniversary. Over the past decade DSS has developed a strong track record in both the newbuilding and shiprepair sectors, delivering 90 new vessels and carrying out over 3000 repair projects, including more than 1000 dockings, 2000 quayside repairs and ten major conversions.
DSS can build a wide range of Damen-designed vessel types, including tugs and dredgers, and has the capabilities to carry out emergency repairs, including those to fire damaged vessels. The yard also specialises in propeller repairs, hydraulics and electric work, carpentry, 3D scanning, pipework, underwater performance and diving work. Together with other Albwardy Damen locations, the yard further serves as OEM representative for a number of globally recognised manufacturers.
Lars Seistrup, Managing Director of Albwardy Damen and Damen Shipyards Sharjah says, “We are proud to be celebrating this milestone in our yard’s history. From opening in 2014 DSS has grown into an established newbuild and repair yard. It is significant that 80% of our work is from returning customers as we e see this as confirmation that we are meeting their requirements. We look forward to continuing to support our clients in the coming ten years.”
Albwardy Damen is a joint venture between Albwardy Investment, Dubai and the Damen Shipyards Group and has a total workforce of around 1500 people of 26 different nationalities in three UAE locations: Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah. Now covering 200,000m2, the DSS yard features large construction halls and eleven repair berths, including one covered berth.