Damen adds another Romanian shipyard to its portfolio

Dutch Damen Shipyards Group has entered into a share purchase agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the acquisition of DSME’s majority share in a shipyard in Romania.

Damen said on Friday that the Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI) shipyard in Mangalia, Romania was established in 1997 as a joint venture between Daewoo and 2 Mai Mangalia Shipyard with Daewoo as majority shareholder.

With the acquisition of the majority share in the shipyard in Mangalia, Damen takes the next step in strengthening its international shipbuilding and ship repair activities, the Dutch company explained.

The Mangalia shipyard is located on the Black Sea coast. The yard is spread over an area of 980,000m2, has three drydocks with a total length of 982 meters and 1.6 kilometers of berthing space. The docks, with a width of between 48 and 60 meters, will provide Damen with capacity to cater for the largest maritime vessels and structures. As such, this move represents a strategic complement to Damen’s current shipyard portfolio, the company said.

Damen already owns a shipyard in Romania, in Galati on the banks of the River Danube, currently the group’s largest shipyard. Since joining Damen in 1999, this yard has developed into a production yard with a significant output of many hundreds of vessels and structures. With the Mangalia shipyard, Damen will have its two largest shipyards in close proximity to one another.

The Romanian competition authorities have already approved the transaction. Furthermore, constructive meetings are being held with the Romanian Government in relation to future cooperation in Mangalia and the further development of the Romanian shipbuilding industry.

Also, earlier this year, Damen completed the purchase of Keppel’s Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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