(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 2. Dutch Damen
Shipyards Group has a vast experience in building and delivery of
tankers, dry cargo ships and ferries, and can contribute its
knowledge and experience to the development of this sphere in
Azerbaijan, the company told trend .
'Damen Shipyards Group delivered several vessels to Azerbaijani
customers. We intend to continue our cooperation. At this moment,
we have ongoing negotiations with clients, but no contracts are
signed yet,' said the company.
Damen said it brings together 35 shipbuilding and repairing
yards located in different countries of the world, including 15
shipyards in The Netherlands, where the company's headquarter is
located. The remaining 20 shipyards are located in Poland, Romania,
Turkey, Qatar, China, Vietnam, South Africa, the United Arab
Emirates, Singapore. The company also has Joint Ventures in many
other countries. More than 11 thousand employees are working for
the company today.
'In addition to shipbuilding at its own yards around the world,
Damen Shipyards Group has an extensive experience of building at
the local shipyards under Damen licence. Damen provides the license
and engineering package, ship components, as well as supervision
during the building process, generating a vast transfer of
shipbuilding technology and guaranteeing excellent quality.
Thanks to this proven concept, more than 1,000 projects were
realized at the local yards all over the world. Some of these
examples include the construction of the various types of the
vessels in Albania, Italy, Brazil, Vietnam, frigates in Mexico and
Indonesia and the construction of patrol vessels in South Africa
for their Navy. Also, numerous design license packages were
supplied to the US Coast Guard.
In case local shipbuilding is required, local subcontractors and
suppliers receive transfer of technology, knowhow capacitating and
uplifting them to be ready for integration into our supply chain.
Through these programs, thousands of jobs were created and
sustained, as well as the export opportunities, which were
previously out of reach, the capabilities of strategic importance
were developed and sustained,' the company said.
During his visit to Switzerland earlier in January, President of
the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Chief Executive
Officer and shareholder of the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group Arnout
Damen in Davos.
Arnout Damen said that they have started the implementation of
projects in Azerbaijan, and highlighted the work done.
President Ilham Aliyev hailed the fact that 'Damen Shipyards
Group' has recently started implementing projects in
The sides emphasized that there are good opportunities for the
company to do a wider scope of work in Azerbaijan.
Noting that Azerbaijan has become an important transit country,
the head of state pointed out that the volume of cargo passing
through the territory of the country has increased by 75 percent.
President Ilham Aliyev stated that, taking into account all this,
there is a need to increase the number of new tankers, dry cargo
ships and ferries in Azerbaijan. The head of state underlined that
there is also a good potential for cooperation with 'Damen
Shipyards Group' in this field.
They also discussed the issues related to the possibility of
manufacturing various ships for the Azerbaijan Naval Forces.
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