A new Helsinki office marking Damen’s entry into the Finnish market for the first time, is part of the group’s strategy to develop business in its new targeted fields of RoPax, cruise and offshore construction.
The strategy, introduced last year, is part of the company’s plans to win new business for its latest shipyard acquisition on the Black Sea, Damen Shipyards Mangalia. The shipyard group acquired the shares held by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in the Mangalia facility last year and the yard is now owned and operated in a joint venture with the Romanian Government.
Damen Engineering Helsinki Oy will focus on concept and basic engineering, the company said, with up to 30 people based there by the end of 2020. The company chose Finland because it is one of the leading countries in the design and construction of cruise and RoPax vessels. Good connections with Poland and the Netherlands will enable close cooperation between the company’s existing resources in Gdansk and Rotterdam, it said.