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2017
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Collaboration - the basis for autonomy

Damen supports Delft team in autonomous vessel debut

South Daytona, Florida, United States of America

Between 18th and 24th June next year, teams from all over the world will gather to take part in a contest. This contest will see innovations pitched against each other in a race towards tomorrow’s maritime world. RoboBoat, is an initiative of RoboNation, a platform established to enable beginners and experts to interact in the promotion of robotics.

Each year, RoboNation offers a series of educational programmes and competitions, one of which is RoboBoat. The competitions span land, air and water-based autonomous vehicles. Taking place in South Daytona, Florida, 18-24th June, 2018, RoboBoat will see student-designed, autonomous boats navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. The aim of the boats is to mimic tasks that full-size vessels are being developed to carry out in the fields of coastal surveillance, port security and other maritime operations.

This year, a team of students from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands is making its RoboBoat debut – with the support of Damen. The team – Trident Delft – consists of Timothy Puglia (Industrial Design), Bob van Rooij (Mechanical Engineering), Stefan Bonhof (Mechanical Engineering), Izaak Cornelis (Electrical Engineering), Albert Smit (Computer Science) and Remi Flinterman (Computer Science).

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2016
Damen sponsored the WASUB team

Bye WASUB VI, hello WASUB VII

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

For the second time this year, Damen sponsored the WASUB team, one of the Dream Teams of Delft University of Technology. This year, a team of 25 students of Delft University of Technology and the VU Amsterdam University designed and built the WASUB VI. In July this year the WASUB VI competed for the track record at the slalom in Gosport, England at the International Submarine Races (ISR). The team beat the track record and set the European speed record. After becoming the first, second and third day winner, the team also won the BAE Systems Award for Agility & Endurance and 2nd place ElSR Trophy, combining innovation, design report and reliability.

Last week, 27th October, the WASUB VI were honored for their efforts and successes this year at TU Delft. We want to thank team WASUB VI for their enthusiasm and achievements and for a great year!
Now, we want to welcome the new team, getting ready for next years’ race. During the International Submarine Race (2017) in the United States, it will be all about speed. All teams will be given the same distance to accelerate, after which the speed will measured at a pair of time gates.

We wish team WASUB VII all the best for this year and we hope to welcome you soon at Damen, meeting up with our research specialists!

WASUB is a great example of teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship - something which Damen is keen to support. For Damen, sponsoring the team is a great way to get together with professionals from TU Delft and share knowledge about design, materials and construction of submarines in general. This is a cooperation which focuses on the future. Last year Damen and Swedish defence and security company Saab decided to collaborate and explore future opportunities in the international submarine market.

We are proud to be one of the main sponsors of WASUB VII

Janick Rozema, after DBE

My life after Damen Business Experience Janick Rozema

Damen Shipyards Group, The Netherlands

My name is Janick Rozema and I am 19 years old. I’m in my third year of the study Maritime Technology at the Rotterdam Mainport University. Currently I’m doing my internship at Damen Engineering Gdansk in Poland. This location is responsible for the basic designs of Damen vessels that are being built worldwide.

The team at Damen Engineering Gdansk consists of Naval Architects, Mechanical Engineers and Electrical Engineers. They are working on both the development of existing vessels as well as creating new designs. Damen Engineering Gdansk is responsible for transforming the first draught into a complete and practical engineering package.

One of the characteristics of Damen that interests me most is the international aspect of the company. This appeals to me because I’m always looking for new experiences and challenges. Because of my participation in the Damen Business Experience, I had the opportunity to get a Premium Placement and execute my internship at Damen in Poland. This is a great challenge and I’m very happy that Damen gave me this opportunity.

During my internship at Damen Engineering Gdansk, I’m working with a project team that is working on designing an Ice Breaker Supply Vessel (IBSV). This is a vessel that has to function in extreme conditions, which makes it an interesting project from which I can learn a lot. During my internship, I always get the opportunity to ask questions. Moreover, there is a strong focus on my personal development as well.

By participating in the Damen Business Experience, I got to know the diverse disciplines within the Damen Shipyards Group, including: Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, Amels, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. Because of my participation, I now have a better view on Damen as a company and I got to know myself a little better. My participation in the Damen Business Experience has made me more than excited!

Are you excited as well and would you like to get to know Damen and increase your chances for a future career at Damen?

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The Waterborne Student Award competition presents an opportunity for students to showcase their work at an international level.

Waterborne Student Award 2016

TRAVISIONS Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland

The Waterborne Student Award competition presents an opportunity for students to showcase their work at an international level. This year Damen was the main sponsor for the competition.
The evaluation of the entries took place between December 2015 and April 2016. During this period all the submissions were studied and the judging panel selected the top three. Mr. Pieter Huyskens (Manager Research, Damen Shipyards Group) was a member of the judging panel.
At the end of the opening session of the 6th European Transport Research Conference (TRAVISIONS) on the 18th of April in Warsaw Poland, the prizes were awarded by Mr. Peter van Terwisga, Director of Research at the Damen Shipyards Group.
And here are the winners! You can find more about their winning ideas in the Contest Book published after the event and now available for download.

First place (3000 euros prize), L1-79 Approaches of Optimizing Ships in Calm Water, Tin Yadanar Tun (EMSHIP Erasmus Mundus master- ULG-ECN-URO).

Second place (2000 euros prize), L1-21 Cold Ironing at the Anchorage area of Rotterdam Port by Petros Gemenetzis (Team Leader), Emmanouil Vranakis, Nikolaos Sfakianos, Spyridon Selas
Konstantinos Xydis, Tsuyoki Sakaguchi (Newcastle University).

Third place (1000 euros prize), L1-83 Bio-Mimicry and the use of Shark-Skin Inspired Technology for the Reduction of Surface Resistance of Submarines and Other Underwater Craft by Jordan McRuvie (Strathclyde University).

WASUB attended the HISWA Boat Show at RAI Amsterdam from 16 to 20 March 2016.

WASUB VI

Update

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

WASUB attended the HISWA Boat Show at RAI Amsterdam from 16 to 20 March 2016. WASUB participated in the InnovationLAB alongside two other TU Delft Dreamteams. One of the innovations presented here for the first time was WASUB VI, a human-powered submarine that will participate in the Gosport race in July. The international record-setting WASUB V was also on display. Interested visitors could look inside and get an impression of how the boat works and how the contra-rotating propeller operates. A mock WASUB gave visitors a taste of what it's like to be inside a real WASUB. The stand drew a lot of interested visitors and generated quite a bit of media attention. The team manager was interviewed on Goedemorgen Nederland, with the broadcasting stations AT5 and RTV Noord-Holland showing interest as well. In short: a very successful fair week for the entire WASUB team!

Wasub VI Team

Niels Broekhuizen’s winter 2015/2016 season

Niels Broekhuizen’s winter 2015/2016 season

Gran Canaria, Spain

“After the Dutch Nationals in the middle of September, the last big event of 2015, I took off two weeks from sailing. While I used this time to evaluate last season, more importantly, my coaches used it to make me realise how close the Olympic Games in 2020 actually are. At least, if I want to perform there, which was and definitely still is my goal.

After discussing for many hours we finished our plan for the upcoming winter period and next racing season. That plan involved a schedule of races I wanted to participate in, a physical program until the senior Europeans (which starts the 1st of March 2016), a technical plan sailing wise, a nutrition plan and last but not least we planned for me to starting working together with a sport-psychologist.

Everything went according to plan and already in the beginning of November I felt that I had made some massive steps into the right direction. Then, however, I had to face a big disappointment. All the plans my coaches and I had made were only possible due to the funding support from the federation which suddenly wasn’t a given anymore.

During this time I also informed Damen about the situation. It was very nice to see that even though our partnership only lasted until February 2016, they were still willing to help in any way they could. It is great to have their support and without it this important season would not be possible.

At the beginning of December I travelled to Gran Canaria for the first winter stage and a big regatta called the Gran Canaria Olympic Week. A few of the top 20 sailors of the world were performing there, so it felt good to get into racing again after three months of speed training. I finished 4th and this showed me that becoming a top laser sailor is definitely a realistic goal.

After a few weeks of rest between Christmas and New Years I went back to Gran Canaria again for my second training stage of this winter. Olympic qualifier Rutger van Schaardenburg and fellow Dutchman Nicholas Heiner joined me on this. These guys really made sure I was on top of my game at all times. During this period we once again had a regatta, the Gran Canaria Trophy; I finished 5th after three days of racing. I am very happy to sail in the top of the fleet with the more experienced guys again.

The upcoming months will be very busy for me with stages in Gran Canaria (twice), Rio, Mallorca and Mexico. I am definitely looking forward to keep developing myself both as a person and a sailor.

Damen is proud sponsor of Niels Broekhuizen since 2015.

Damen is proud sponsor of Benjamin Wempe since 2015.

A hard fought battle

Langkawi Island, Malaysia

“We arrived at Langkawi Island (Malaysia) and used the first four days to get used to the weather, to get our bodies fit again after travelling and of course also to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the island. After that the official preparation for the event started. Post collection of the chartered boats, we had two great training days on the water that made us able to get to know the local conditions better. Before the official opening ceremony, a race was held to practice and get familiar with the racing committee and racing area.

Even though I prepared in the best way possible prior to this event, the ISAF Youth World Sailing championships proved to be probably the hardest event of the past years.
I started with a slow start, because I did not manage to find the right rhythm. With the tough conditions on the waters of Kuah Bay, every small mistake would be of big influence. Over the week my racing got stronger, but in the end I simply could not keep up. After nine races against the best of the world, I finished 17th in the end. In comparison to my past results, this was below expectations. However, I am happy with the way I raced and how I managed to keep my head cool during this challenging week. After all, setbacks are a very common thing to experience when you practice sports at a high level!

I am very thankful to have won the Dutch qualifications and therefore race in the most prestigious championship in youth sailing. I could not have done this without the continuous support of Damen Shipyards! No mountains will be climbed without having been through a low before.“

Damen is proud sponsor of Benjamin Wempe since 2015.

In September 2015 I got the chance to do an internship at Damen.

My career at Damen after the Damen Business Experience 2015 Justin Rietveld

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

My name is Justin Rietveld and I am 22 years old. Currently I am in my fourth and last year of my studies in Naval Architecture at the Rotterdam Mainport University. In September 2015 I got the chance to do an internship at Damen. For ten weeks I worked on the Engineering department of Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC).

During my internship I was immediately part of the team, got a lot of support from all my colleagues, performed a great variety of activities and I even got responsibility within the projects. In this short period Damen made it possible for me to have a great growth in knowledge and personal development.

Nowadays I am still part of the team within Damen Technical Cooperation. After completing my internship, Damen offered me a contract to remain working at Engineering DTC in combination with my studies. During the last year I have learned a lot about naval architecture. They have given me the opportunity to gain experience in the process of designing/building a ship. Within the Engineering department I have been working on projects and performed a great diversity of activities like strength calculations/analysis, stability calculations and designing a part of the hull shape of a vessel. I also got my own project, the “Damen logo”, this project contains the standardisation of the placement and looks of the Damen and ship type logo placed on every vessel throughout the whole company.

During my time at Damen I have worked on different kinds of vessels such as a RORO vessel, a crane barge, a tug and an explorer yacht the “SeaXplorer”, which makes it challenging and interesting.

Damen put a lot of effort in challenging and improving the personal skills of her employees. Damen is a large and global company, which also makes it interesting for someone with a non-technical background. Because of the full portfolio of different kind of vessels you have the possibility to expand your knowledge about a variety of vessels.

In February 2016 I will start my graduation project at the Design & Proposal department of the Offshore and Transport division. After my graduation I hope to stay and work at the Damen Shipyards Group.

Visit Damen Business Experience website for more information.

Looking back on my internship so far, my internship at DAMEN Singapore has had a lot to offer.

Looking back on my internship at Damen Singapore

Damen Shipyards Singapore, Singapore

Friday 27th of November; the last company visit of the study tour Achievements from the University of Twente. At first we got a presentation from Jochem Blink about DAMEN group and eventually DAMEN Singapore. After the meeting Jochem showed us what DAMEN Singapore had to offer. For me, as a future intern in this place, it was also the first experience with DAMEN Singapore. Before I took off with the study tour I had about two lines of intern assignment description, that’s it. So one can imagine that that day was quite exciting for me. And we were not disappointed at all.

First Jochem showed us the main office where the planning and design of the vessel are done. Next we went into the first shipyard hall where the last jobs are done on the vessel, such as painting, interior work, electrics etc. After that we went to the dock to see the multi wheelers and dock cranes that are used to launch a ship into the water. Too bad that day no ship launch was planned, but I have seen them later on during my internship. Finally we went to hall two. A hall like this, is a site every true mechanical engineer loves to see. This is the place where the production is done from plate cutting, to hull and deck assembly to eventually assemble the last to pieces together into the carcass of a ship. Still stunned from last hall, we went back into the meeting hall for a delicious Indian lunch (which to be honest was way better than most lunches we got in India itself).

Looking back on my internship so far, my internship at DAMEN Singapore has had a lot to offer. Especially considering it to be an international internship. Although people call it a relatively small shipyard, it has all the facets a mechanical engineering intern would wish for. First of all with a shipyard, foreman’s office, R&D and design and planning office, DAMEN has good blend between R&D, production and managing. Secondly I got a lot of freedom in my assignment so I could choose my own interests and depth of the assignment. Thirdly it is situated in Singapore, so you get the culture shock without having to lose the luxury of the west. Lastly there are still a lot of Dutch people in the management which makes communication a lot easier sometimes.

Cheers,
Marijn de Leede
Intern Damen Shipyards Singapore

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2015
Job career at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

My career at Damen after the Damen Business Experience 2015 – Dick Geuze

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, The Netherlands

After my graduation at the Hogeschool Zeeland I started working as an Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Engineer at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen which is part of the Damen Shipyards Group.

ILS is an engineering approach which focusses on strategic product support during the entire ship’s lifecycle. Examples of product support items are spare parts and special tools for the correct execution of the maintenance or crew training for precise operation of the ship. As an ILS Engineer at Damen I am responsible for the development and engineering of such product support items. Together with a team of ILS Engineers we ensure that the customer can use its Damen product to the full extend.

A career start as an Engineer at Damen is something which I can recommend to anyone who just graduated from University. As an Engineer at Damen you have responsibilities from day one, this entails hard work but a steep (personal) learning curve as well, this makes working for Damen an exciting and educational adventure.

For me Damen is a great company to work for. They give me a lot of opportunities for the future as an Engineer. Because of the great diversity within the Damen Shipyards Group, which varies from tug boats to military frigates, I have the chance to develop myself in many technical branches which all have their own specializations and opportunities, which for me is a very important aspect.

Visit Damen Business Experience website for more information.

The presentation focused on René Berkvens his career after finalizing his degree in Marine Engineering

A future career in Engineering & Technology

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

René Berkvens, CEO of the Damen Shipyards Group, delivered a presentation to around 170 students attending the KIVI Students Delft Lunch Lecture. The presentation focused on René Berkvens his career after finalizing his degree in Marine Engineering and the career opportunities he was offered within the Damen Shipyards Group. Assignments performed within the group by René Berkvens include Sales Manager in Africa, Area Sales Director for the Americas region, CEO of Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, Director of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and since 2006, René Berkvens is CEO of the Damen Shipyards Group.

The presentation also highlighted the importance of engineers for the future with innovation playing a key role in the maritime industry for many companies including Damen.

KIVI Students Delft is part of the umbrella organization KIVI. KIVI is the professional organisation for engineers in The Netherlands. With 20,000 members KIVI is the largest engineering society in the Netherlands.

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After training with Marit Bouwmeester in Rio in July I directly travelled on to Aarhus in Denmark to compete in the Senior Europeans.

Senior Europeans and Under 21 World Championships

Aarhus, Denmark

After training with Marit Bouwmeester in Rio in July I directly travelled on to Aarhus in Denmark to compete in the Senior Europeans. Performing well at this event was my main focus and although I had some ups and downs during the event I was quite happy with my result (26th place). With many fulltime pro’s finishing behind me I realized that when I do things right I can compete with the best sailors in the world.

The next big event for this summer had my main priority this season, but unfortunately the result did not turn out as planned. My performance on the water was very inconsistent. It was a mentally tough week in which I finished 11th out of 160 boats, this was definitely not the result I was hoping for.

Now is the time to look ahead and I am really looking forward to this winter training season and the next races. Rutger van Schaardenburg, winner of the Senior Europeans, has asked me to train with him this winter so hopefully I can make a lot of progress and learn from this experience – the opportunity to train with one of the best sailors in the world is even more valuable than winning a medal!

Damen is a proud sponsor of Niels and wishes him all the best of luck on his way to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Damen would like to congratulate Sophie ten Zeldam, Bart van Kessel and Dominique Smit with their appointment as Young Maritime Representative for the coming academical year.

YMR named during World Port Days!

Wereldhavendagen Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Damen would like to congratulate Sophie ten Zeldam, Bart van Kessel and Dominique Smit with their appointment as Young Maritime Representative (YMR) for the coming academical year. The YMR nomination is an initiative of Maritime by Holland.

As a Young Maritime Representative you are an ambassador of the maritime industry, visiting various events and promoting opportunities within the maritime sector.

Dominique is an old acquaintance of Damen as he completed his internship at Damen Shipyards Singapore in 2013. We would like to wish Sophie, Bart and Dominique all the best representing the maritime industry as young ambassadors.

If you would like to follow the Young Maritime Representatives the coming year, please visit the YMR Facebook.

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Damen is proudly working together with Simon Stevin in Eindhoven and part of our collaboration is a business case presented by Damen to all first year students.

Business Case Simon Stevin - Fun by land, air... and in the gutter

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Damen is proudly working together with Simon Stevin in Eindhoven and part of our collaboration is a business case presented by Damen to all first year students.

The case: Once upon a time, there was a brewing company located way on top of a mountain. The company wanted to transport its beer down to the lakeside. The challenge for the first year Mechanical Engineer was to design a vessel using wood, paper, and duct tape to transport the beer safely down the hill. The winner of the challenge fell only twenty centimeters short of reaching the other side of the lake but their design and solidity of the vessel also contributed to their victory.

Visit Cursor to read more about the business case.

Source: Cursor
Photo: Bart van Overbeeke Fotografie

Last Friday, a group of 80 freshmen from study association S.G. “William Froude” visited the shipyard in Gorinchem.

TU Delft freshmen visiting Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Last Friday, a group of 80 freshmen from study association S.G. “William Froude” visited the shipyard in Gorinchem. These students are about to start their study Naval Architecture & Maritime Engineering at Delft University of Technology in two weeks.

During their visit the importance of the relation between Damen and the University was explained by Jaap Gelling, Product Director of the high speed craft department. After he told the freshmen about the history of Damen, he explained how the cooperation between the two companies works: Damen is supporting TUD to keep doing research in hydromechanics. These researches have delivered Damen great designs like the enlarged ship concept and the Axe Bow concept. I’m glad to say that these freshmen were inspired by his story and the Damen way of working.

After this presentation we had the chance to sail on board of a Twin Axe catamaran, the Fast Crew Supplier 2610. During this trip the students could really feel the influence and the seagoing behaviour of an Axe Bow vessel. Afterwards we were guided through the shipyard at Gorinchem and we saw some of the recent projects Damen is working on.

It was a very interesting and inspiring visit, especially for the freshmen. On behalf of the whole board of the study association, I would like to thank Damen for this great day.

Op 20 en 21 augustus 2015 gaat de eerste editie van de ‘Damen Experience Days’ van start.

Beleef het havenleven en ontdek de NDSM werf!

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Op 20 en 21 augustus 2015 gaat de eerste editie van de ‘Damen Experience Days’ van start.

Een evenement dat hedendaagse innovatieve technieken en oude ambachten uit de scheepswereld bij elkaar brengt met als hoofddoel de generatie van nu kennis te laten maken met het mooie vak van scheepsbouw en scheepsreparatie.

Het evenementengebied van SAIL Amsterdam 2015 is opgedeeld in vijf zogenaamde oceanen met elk een eigen thematiek. De NDSM werf is ‘de Groene Oceaan’ en toont duurzaamheid, innovatie & technologie op een levendige scheepswerf waar het echte havenleven te beleven is. Maak kennis met innovatieve scheepsbouw en kom genieten van de ruimte van de historische hellingbanen en de scheepsbouwloodsen.

Activiteiten @ Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam:
- Rondleiding op de werf met een elektrische trein
- Damen Stan Pontoon showroom met verschillende Damen producten aan boord
- Rondleiding op het marineschip Zr. Ms. Friesland
- Rondleiding op de opleidingsschepen Prinses Beatrix & Christina
- Informatie/bedrijvenmarkt met verschillende activiteiten

Lees meer: www.sail-groeneoceaan.damen.com

My name is Niels Broekhuizen and I’m a Dutch laser standard sailor.

11 days of non-stop training in Brazil

Guanabara Bay, Brazil

My name is Niels Broekhuizen and I’m a Dutch laser standard sailor. While putting these words to paper I’m already on my way back home. Tired but satisfied would be the best way to describe the past training period.

The past 11 days I’ve been training with Marit Bouwmeester on the “Guanabara Bay” in Brazil. I’ve learned a lot from this experience as it gave me good insight on how an Olymipic sailor goes about her campaign. The dedication and focus on the water and the multiple gym sessions per day (before and after sailing) taught me all about what is neeeded to reach the top. Marit repeatedly made clear to me that there is a big difference between saying you want to win a medal at the Olympics and actually pursuing everything you can to win that medal!

And now I’m flying above the Atlantic Ocean back to the Netherlands where I unfortunately won’t spend much time as I will leave to Aarhus in Denmark this evening. This is where the Senior European Championships will take place from 19 July until 25 July, my first big test of the season! I really look forward to sailing more races and I will do my best to give it my all, hopefully leading to a good result!

Damen is a proud sponsor of Niels and wishes him all the best of luck on his way to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

In October 2014, Damen decided to become one the main sponsors of the WASUB V team, one of the Dream Teams of Delft University of Technology.

New Worldrecord for TU Delft DreamTeam WASUB V

Washington D.C., United States of America

In October 2014, Damen decided to become one the main sponsors of the WASUB V team, one of the Dream Teams of Delft University of Technology. A team of 21 students designed and built a human powered submarine, the WASUB V. Last week, the team competed in the International Submarine Races from the 22nd to the 26th June in Washington D.C. And they did so with success; gaining 1st place in the race with a top speed of 7.42 knots. The WASUB V team is the new holder of the world speed record for human powered, one-person, propeller driven submarines! This speed was also the highest of all categories, including the two-person submarines during the ISR of 2015.

WASUB V is a great example of teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship - something which Damen is keen to support. For Damen, sponsoring the team is a great way to team up with professionals from TU Delft and share knowledge about design, materials and construction of submarines in general. This is a cooperation which focuses on the future, because recently Damen and Swedish defense and security company Saab decided to collaborate and explore future opportunities in the international submarine market.

WASUB V sees a number of advancements on its predecessors. Included in this are a new polyester hull, which reduces weight considerably whilst simultaneously improving on buoyancy and an improved, flexible drive train that can be adjusted to suit each pilot individually.

We want to congratulate the team on this outstanding achievement. We are proud to be one the main sponsors of
WASUB V.

Read the article in Dutch here.

I just started my master degree Ship Design, Production and Operation in Delft.

‘Can can!’

Damen Shipyards Singapore, Singapore

My name is Jeroen Taen. My Damen story started in April 2014. I just started my master degree Ship Design, Production and Operation in Delft. I received an email pointing out a study grant for students of maritime technology organized by Netherlands Maritime Technology and supplied by Damen. I applied and was more than happy when was I told I got the grant. To stay in contact with Damen, we looked at possibilities to do my internship at Damen.

To go abroad has always drawn my attention, so I decide to take a chance and applied for an internship abroad. Since ‘wherever there is water, there is Damen’, there was a good possibility. Finally, I was asked ‘Do you like to go to Singapore?’ and said ‘Yes, I do!’.

In Singapore I hopped on the train heading for the implementation of a new ‘enterprise resource planning’- package. I was put to the task of having a look at the internal logistics: what path do materials follow from being delivered by suppliers up to being installed on board. For this I got to speak with all layers in the company having stakes in the logistic flow.

Next to that, I assisted in the implementation of a barcode-scanner system in the warehouse. This system already had been implemented in other Damen shipyards, like Damen Song Cam in Vietnam. Again, I was not reluctant when my supervisor asked me to go on a trip to Vietnam to get insights in the usage of the system.

For me as intern the size of the yard was very convenient. I was able to have a look at the whole process, from steel-cutting to sea-trails. To experience working with different cultures was one of the reasons for me to go abroad. Singapore is a melting pot of many Asian cultures, which you also experience in the yard. Concluding, I can say it was an interesting adventure with a lot of possibilities, or as the Singaporeans would say: ‘Can can!’.

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Ten enthusiastic technical students from rowing society Laga from Delft, visited the headquarters of Damen Shipyards in Gorinchem to participate in a very interesting business case.

Laga at Damen headquarters

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Ten enthusiastic technical students from rowing society Laga from Delft, visited the headquarters of Damen Shipyards in Gorinchem to participate in a very interesting business case. Laga and Damen are not just business partners. The relationship between the company and the students is very strong and last already for a long time. This bond is exactly what made this day a great success.



After a short safety briefing, we were provided with a presentation about the goals and achievements of Damen. It was incredible to see how the company kept improving itself over the years and still strives to be innovative. Damen Trainee and ex-board member of Laga, Joost van der Weiden, joined the group and provided an informative yard-tour.



After the exclusive tour and a well provided lunch, the group gathered in the conference room to get a briefing on the business case. As said, Damen strives to be as innovative as possible and therefore it pushed the students in the world of energy problems. Discover more about opportunities for students at Damen.



Tidal energy is a source of energy that can be well monitored and predicted, contrary to wind energy. Therefore there is a lot to gain in this field of expertise. The students got 30 minutes to come up with an innovative idea and had eventually 5 minutes to convince each other.



It was a very nice, informative and well organised day, for which the Laga Business club would like to thank Damen.

My name is Benjamin Wempe, I’m 18 years old and besides studying Maritime Engineering at the technical university of Delft, sailing is my passion

Combining, hobby, sport and studies

Delft University of Technology , The Netherlands

My name is Benjamin Wempe, I’m 18 years old and besides studying Maritime Engineering at the technical university of Delft, sailing is my passion and something I enjoy doing whenever I see a chance to get out at sea!



Currently, I am competing in the biggest and most competitive youth class in the world: the Laser Radial. The Laser Radial is a single handed boat, with just a main sail. Also, the Laser is a one-design class, which means that all boats are the same. Due to this, winning a race comes down to the helm, who therefore needs to be in a very good shape, both physically and mentally.



I grew up at my parent’s sailing school, and ever since I started sailing, there is one big goal: winning a gold medal at the olympic games and reaching the very top of the sailing sport, by hard work and perseverance.
Therefore, I have moved to The Hague, to train at the national training center, being part of the top sailing academy. This gave me the oppurtunity to work with the best coaches, both on and off the water. Moreover, being part of the Dutch team gives me access to the best training and facilities in the area.



Doing two almost full-time jobs, studying and sailing, can be very demanding sometimes. It takes the right planning and sticking to this planning is even more important. For me it is al about finding the right balance. Sometimes you need to invest some more time in studying to pass an exam and during another period you can spend more time than usual, training and preparing for upcoming regattas. Once everything goes to plan, it can be very rewarding to have good grades and good results in sailing!



During the coming period I will prepare for the Youth European Championships in Portugal and the Youth World Championships in Canada, having the goal of winning two medals, to at least equal my Bronze medal at the Youth World Championships in Poland last year!



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The Damen Raceroei Regatta will be remembered as the most sunniest edition since the Damen Raceroei Regatta was born, three years ago.

Sunny third edition of the Damen Raceroei Regatta

Willem-Alexander Baan, The Netherlands

The Damen Raceroei Regatta held on the 2nd and 3rd of May will be remembered as the most sunniest edition since the Damen Raceroei Regatta was born, three years ago. Reviews about the third edition of the Damen Raceroei Regatta are complimentary.



First of all, the organizing committee ‘student rowing association D.S.R.V. Laga’ did a very good job. All participants (over 2500) were provided with pasta meals, sport drinks and lunch. The audience had the opportunity to follow the races by bike and afterwards relax at the terrace or visit all different kinds of side-events.
The Willem-Alexander Baan located in an open environment can be a very difficult course to row, especially once the weather conditions are windy. This year’s edition the weather did an excellent job! A calm water surface, sun and a couple of raindrops at day two made the Damen Raceroei Regatta 2015 a success!



The 11th of June a selected group of D.S.R.V. Laga members will be present at Damen Gorinchem. During their visit in Gorinchem the students will get an impression of all careers opportunities at Damen and a yard tour. Furthermore we will challenge them to carry out an interesting case.

The UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards 2015 took place on Monday March 30th

UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards 2015

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

The UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards 2015 took place on Monday March 30th. All award winners have excelled with their Bachelor’s thesis in the field of daring, a multidisciplinary approach, community involvement, practicality and a fresh look at technical issues. The creators of five excellent papers, both as an individual or group result, have won for each paper €2,500-.



The ceremony began with a word of welcome by the new director of the UfD Jeroen den Tex. Further on, the chairman of the jury, Peter Wieringa, expressed his appreciation for the work of all participating students. 24 participants responded to the call for leading in their Bachelor’s final work, from which five winning projects were selected. Because the quality of the various Bachelor’s final projects this year was so high, there were in addition to the five winners also three runners-up announced. Each of the runners-up won a price of € 250.
During the ceremony the jury chose an overall winner: The project of Battery Management System for the Nuon Solar Team, got the overall winner. In addition to the € 2500, – they got a specially made Damen cake and a custom Damen outfit! Information about all the winners can be found here.



We would like to congratulate you on winning the UfD-Damen Bachelor Award 2015 by your inspiring Bachelor thesis!

The WASUB team is one of the student DreamTeams at the Delft University of Technology

WASUB 5

Design and Building

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

The WASUB team is one of the student DreamTeams at the Delft University of Technology. Every year this particular team takes up the challenge to design, build and race a human powered submarine, and Damen is one of its main sponsors.



Designing and building the WASUB 5

By thoroughly evaluating the design methods of the team’s predecessors, new opportunities arise to advance the WASUB design. This year a study of the hull’s production techniques has resulted in a brand new polyester hull, effectively reducing its weight whilst increasing its buoyancy with respect to earlier hull designs.



This year’s drive train consists of a chain transmission and two coaxial axes. With the coaxial axes the rotational motion of the rear gear, connected to the chain, is transmitted to an opposing rotational motion of a hollow shaft and the shaft within it. This transition from a single to opposing rotations enables the use of a contra-rotating propeller.



The gears and the chain in this drive train are made of plastic. All the bearings are ceramic so that the entire drive train can run in the water, making watertight compartments unnecessary. Another advantage of this drive train is the flexibility it gives in choosing the gear sizes, and therefore the ability to change the transmission ratio. As a result, the transmission can be adjusted perfectly to each pilot.



The selection and design of a contra-rotating propeller brings with it a number of advantages. Firstly, it does not result in an overturning moment on the hull, unlike a conventional propeller which creates a rolling motion. Also a contra-rotating propeller is more efficient due to the first set of propeller blades aligning the water in a favourable angle of attack for the second set.



The submarine uses four fins to navigate, placed in a plus-shaped configuration. The fins will be made of carbon composite and their moulds from PU foam. The team is also investigating the possibility of using sand moulds for the production of other composite structures.



The fins will initially be controlled by an autopilot, with an override option in case of emergencies. This removes the task of steering from the human pilot, effectively improving his performance. However, the complexity of the autopilot system has proved to be a major challenge this year and prior to the implementation, extensive testing and fine-tuning is being performed to ensure its full functionality.



To reduce the drag resistance of WASUB, an industry standard coating will be applied. The front section will receive an extremely smooth silicone coating. This ultra-slick surface will result in a laminar flow around the hull. The stern will be wrapped to give a smart, distinctive look and allow the sponsors’ logos to be prominently displayed.



If you want to learn more about WASUB, please visit the website at www.wasub.nl

I’m Gunnar Schotema, 20 years of age and I’m currently studying Naval Architecture at the Rotterdam Mainport University

Scholarship Topsector Water at Damen

Gunnar Schotema

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Hi there! I’m Gunnar Schotema, 20 years of age and I’m currently studying Naval Architecture at the Rotterdam Mainport University. Ever since I was a small kid I was interested in technology and transport, so it was no surprise I choose to study Naval Architecture.

On a rainy afternoon in late 2013 I got an email from my Study Coach about this new scholarship from an initiative called Topsector Water. Topsector Water is cooperation between the Dutch government, various maritime companies and research institution, which is organizing scholarships for students.

The moment I saw the application, I immediately wrote a motivational letter, made a copy of my grades and sent them over to the organizing committee.

After a few days the results of the first round came in and I was among the lucky few to have made it to the second round. At the Europort 2013 convention I had to give a small presentation about myself and pitch why I should be chosen for his unique opportunity. After some though questions by Arold de Vries, HR Director of Damen, I was awarded the scholarship by Damen Shipyards.

From the start of my study I was interested in doing my graduation project at Damen and this scholarship gave me the opportunity to get in touch with the HR department at Damen. The HR department helped me to find a graduation project that suits my capabilities and interests. In February 2015 I will start on a graduation project at the Offshore and Transport division at Damen Gorinchem. After my graduation I hope to find a nice job within Damen Shipyards or continue studying at a university, I’m just not sure yet.

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Proud, competitive and convinced your Bachelor is of high quality? Don’t hesitate and join the UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards.

UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards 2015

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Proud, competitive and convinced your Bachelor is of high quality? Don’t hesitate and join the UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards.

As we admire new ambitions and ideas, we are continuously supporting new technical developments and talents. Therefore Damen Shipyards, together with the Delft University Fund (UfD), is rewarding exceptional work done in all the bachelor of the Delft University of Technology. Since 2014, our company grants € 12,500 to the creators of five excellent papers, which made them BSc. A jury of experts, from Damen and the Delft University of Technology, will judge the papers on five criteria:

• Courage and Innovation
• Practical applicability
• Social relevance
• Persuasiveness
• Synergy between different disciplines

The jury will determine all five winning awards worth € 2,500 each.

For more information please visit http://universiteitsfonds.tudelft.nl, registration deadline is February 23, 2015. The award will be given at March 30, 2015.

Do you want to know more about Damen, internships and career opportunities, visit the Damen website!

Damen supports WASUB (Human Powered Submarine)

29-jan-2015

Damen supports WASUB (Human Powered Submarine)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

We are pleased to announce that Damen Shipyards will be sponsor for the WASUB 5 project! A delegation of the WASUB team visited the Damen head office in Gorinchem and took along their WASUB 4 (photo) for the official signing ceremony. With a tour around the yard and presentation about Damen a close cooperation between Damen and WASUB started!

The WASUB team is a team of 21 students of Delft University of Technology who are designing, building and racing a human powered submarine. They will compete in the International Submarine Races from the 22nd until the 26th June 2015.
Supporting WASUB also means sharing knowledge about design, materials and help the team by breaking the world speed record. The cooperation also focuses on the future. Recently Damen and Swedish defence and security company Saab decided to collaborate and explore future opportunities in the international submarine market. Read the article here.
To read and learn more about WASUB, please visit their website.

We are looking forward to a pleasant and constructive cooperation with the WASUB team!

As seen in previous student-projects, composite materials are being researched intensively by Damen Shipyards

Composite test pieces for NDE

Robin Ginus, Harm Jan Stip, Cemil Kahramanoğlu

RDM Campus Rotterdam, The Netherlands

As seen in previous student-projects, composite materials are being researched intensively by Damen Shipyards, also in collaboration with students. We are three mechanical engineering students from Hogeschool Rotterdam. We are in our fourth and last year of our bachelor, where we have chosen to follow the minor-program Offshore & Constructions. The project we were awarded is themed Smart Materials and focusses on the production of composite test panels with hidden defects for the evaluation of non-destructive testing methods.



Damen sees a lot of potential in using modern construction materials and especially composites. The great advantages that come with using composite are weight reduction (when designed the right way) and low maintenance. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding is studying the application of glass fiber reinforced polymers for a new generation of mine hunters. To maintain the structural integrity of a composite vessel, one has to be able to detect damage using non-destructive testing (NDT).



The goal of our research-project is to design and manufacture composite panels with representative defects for testing NDT methods. Therefore we had to investigate several aspects of composite materials in shipbuilding, such as representative damages on composite vessels and the resulting fail mechanisms and defects. We decided to produce both sandwich as solid laminate panels. In consultation with Damen, the materials for resin, fiber and core were selected. During this period we have been able to expand our knowledge of construction materials, where we were able to do an in-depth study of composite defects, so we learnt many new things.



At this moment we produced numerous glass-fiber reinforced epoxy composite test panels, some with a PVC foam core. We designed internal defects to simulate real damages into the panels and came up with a simulation strategy. The panels were produced at the RDM Campus in Rotterdam, were Damen has its own plot. We set up a small production facility were we produced composite panels for our very first time. The strategy for vacuum infusion was determined in cooperation with experienced people from Damen. Through a few production sessions we were able to produce panels that meet quality standard. The different panels are now being finished in order to be used in the next project with the testing of some NDT methods.



During these weeks we have learnt many new things about this young construction material and the production process. We had a good time working with multiple Damen colleagues and want to thank everybody involved! Especially Kees Custers for the excellent supervision!

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We are four students of “Hogeschool Rotterdam” and we are currently working on a project for Damen Shipyards.

Good Vibrations

Hogeschool Rotterdam, The Netherlands

We are four students of “Hogeschool Rotterdam” and we are currently working on a project for Damen Shipyards. Two of us are mechanical engineering students, the other two are electrical engineering students. This project covers both disciplines. In this article we will explain our goals and we will show the progress we made so far.

Damen produces various light-weight ships with dual drive shafts. Within the structure, vibrations were detected which had a negative effect on the safety and integrity of the structure. These vibrations are caused by propeller imbalance and drive speed deviations. The idea arose of designing an electronic control system that would reduce these vibrations by adjusting the phase-angle of the two drive shafts. The system must adjust the phase-angle of the drive shaft so the vibrations of each shaft will partially cancel each other out. For this idea to be realized a scale model had to be created to test this concept. It has been named the “Vibration Simulator”. Students of “Avans hogeschool” started building this simulator but were not able to fully finish the mechanical design. Our project involves finishing the mechanical design and designing and building the electronics necessary for a fully functional Vibration Simulator with a vibration reducing motor control system.

So far we have nearly completed the mechanical engineering and started with the electronic engineering. The previous design was analyzed and flaws were corrected. This resulted in an already functional vibration simulator. With the mechanical design we have already done some vibration measurements which proved that the scale model produces the correct vibrations.

Various options were considered. We decided to use two rotary encoders and two digital accelerometers. With these components we are now searching for a way to make it all function the way we imagined it to function.
In the next few weeks we intend to finish what we started. The electronic design will be functioning and the vibration simulator will automatically reduce the vibrations created by the simulator. The result will serve for further research into ship vibrations and ultimately will be up scaled and could end up controlling the motors in ships Damen produces.

Dik Verboon
Dennis van der Valk
Marvic Kroes
Adriaan Blok

As main sponsor of the Damen Raceroei Regatta we are proud to announce that during the 2015 edition

The Damen Raceroei Regatta

Willem-Alexander Baan, The Netherlands

As main sponsor of the Damen Raceroei Regatta we are proud to announce that during the 2015 edition, we also will host two kilometer races at The Willem-Alexander Baan.

In 2015, the D.S.R.V “Laga” will organize the third annual Damen Raceroei Regatta. After last year’s edition, the organising committee immediately set to work to make the third edition as unique an event as the previous. The Damen Raceroei Regatta focuses on tomorrow’s top rowers. It is the ideal moment to face off with the rest of the Dutch rowing scene. A regatta where the races are all that matter. For both upcoming juniors and upcoming seniors, the Damen Raceroei Regatta provides the ideal circumstances to claim victory from the current elite.

The expansion of the Damen Raceroei Regatta also means being part of the most important and major races in the Netherlands. The Damen Raceroei Regatta is known for its professionalism and taking care of all the preconditions that are needed for the athletes.

"The Damen" will take place at the 2nd and 3rd of May 2015.

To read more about the Damen, please visit www.damenraceroeiregatta.nl/

Mechanical Engineering at Damen Shiprepair Brest

Cruise Vessel Refit Projects

Logistics Internship by Maurice Lammerts

Damen Shiprepair Brest, France

Having successfully graduated a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering I preferred to do an internship assignment before starting with my master Transportation, Engineering and Logistics. A good friend of mine recommended Damen since he also did an internship assignment, in Singapore. It turned out this time there was a spot available in Brest, France. After a positive meeting at in Gorinchem, Damen booked me a flight, reserved a hotel room and informed the people in Brest that I was on my way.

Next year, 2015, Damen Ship Repair Brest will be facing a new challenge. A number of massive cruise vessels will travel to DSRBr for a complete repair and refit process. The refitting will be contracted out to several sub-contractors, who combined will transfer hundreds of containers to-and-from the shipyard before, during and after the project. DSRBr will take care of the repair jobs and is also responsible for the container coordination of the refit process, therefor a logistic planning is necessary to keep the time delay to a minimum. My internship challenge was to design a dynamic logistic inventory system in which the containers can be registered and edited interactively. After having done lots of research I created interactive files and plans especially for these types of projects at this shipyard.

Besides the internship itself I really enjoyed the spare time in Brittany. It has an amazing coastline and breathtaking beaches. Because I brought my kite surf gear I had a great time in the weekends. Apart from that the Damen management team organized lots of activities for which they invited me as well; outdoor karting, a sailing weekend, after work drinks and diners at the harbor, it all made my time there even better.
Summarized it were three inspiring, learning full and amazing months which I will remember for a long time. Damen really made a great effort to show what a wonderful company it is.

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The Damen Business Course is your opportunity to get to know Damen

Welcome to DBC 2015

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

You are looking for a great experience to find out what your plans are after graduation.

The Damen Business Course is your opportunity to get to know Damen better and boost your own professional development, even before you begin your career.

Dare to Develop and apply for DBC 2015 on www.damenbusinesscourse.com

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One of the key factors to achieve the weight benefits of composite material,  is the resin absorption in composite core materials in the process of vacuum infusion.

Resin absorption in core material

Andries de Wilde, Dik Verboon, Koen Pijpers, Vedo Hadzic, Koen van Heuveln

RDM Campus/Hogeschool Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Composites have many advantages over steel such as low maintenance, low corrosion and perhaps most important: a severe reduction of weight. The high production costs of composite material is of course a disadvantage. One of the key factors to achieve the weight benefits of composite material, is the resin absorption in composite core materials in the process of vacuum infusion. There is little insight in this characteristic of producing core composite material.

My name is Koen van Heuveln, student Mechanical Engineering at Hogeschool Rotterdam. Together with 4 colleague students we had the opportunity to do research in this field for six months.

The research was about analyzing the factors which influence the weight of a specific composite core. The goal was to get a clear insight into the different factors, and the amount of influence of each factor. During this project we built a software program and we managed to produce composite test panels. The software program can be used to calculate the resin absorption in producing composite core material.

Working for and with Damen Shipyards was great fun and we have learnt many new things. We are proud we completed the project with a final grade 8. We are Damen Shipyards very grateful for giving us this opportunity and we want to thank for all the support and advice!

I’m a graduate student from the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain.

Never a dull moment

Miquel Solé Rebull

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

The main subject of my master’s thesis at Research is added Resistance in a Seaway. When I started work at Damen just four months ago I had no idea what those words would come to mean to me.

I’m a graduate student from the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain. At the beginning I thought I might miss the sun, the tapas and the fiestas, but I have found Damen to be such a young, friendly and fun work environment that it has made me forget all about it.

A major part of my thesis is to validate, using model test results, several state-of-the-art sea keeping tools available at Damen in order to generate selection criteria. Understanding the theory behind of both the phenomena and the code is vital. As I am working with software that is still under development, as well as with model test reports, I’m often in contact with both the software developers and the research facilities. This is all very exciting to me, firstly because I’m training myself to be an expert in added resistance phenomena in order to be able to evaluate and understand the results, and secondly because I’m in regular contact with top researchers and leading companies in the field.

While working on my thesis I’m using my own assumptions to find the right solutions. These must be based on an approach that combines academic rigor and efficient work practices with an economic methodology.

Working at Damen Research is never dull. Here I have the freedom and space to take my own decisions and sometimes make my own mistakes, but when the latter happens there is always someone willing to help me. At Damen every day is a challenge and it is a learning process that never stops. So, if I have to define my experience at Damen with just one word, then that word would be ‘outstanding’!

During my study MBO Scheeps-en Jachtbouwkunde I did some internships at Amels

Studying and working at Amels

Amels, studying for Bch. Naval Architecture

Amels, The Netherlands

My name is Robin van Dijke and I’m 24 years old. During my study MBO Scheeps-en Jachtbouwkunde I did some internships at Amels. I had a great time, because the people within Amels made me feel welcome and appreciated. The dynamic and disciplined way of working were really appealing to me. I felt so good at Amels.


After graduation I was sure about it; Amels is the company I want to work for. Nevertheless, I felt that I wasn’t ready to stop studying and developing myself yet. In consultation with Amels, I have chosen to start a part time bachelor study in Naval Architecture/Marine Technology: studying for two afternoons/evenings a week working at Amels for the rest of the week. The first six months of my study, Amels gave me the opportunity to gain experience in Production. A great way to prepare myself to start working at the engineering department. This is finally what I want to do! During these six months I was deployed on a refit project. I got to know the in-and outside of a ship. This made my vision on certain things a bit more practical.


The combination of working and studying is perfect for me. I am able to apply the things I learned in the evening, the next day at work. Amels gives young people the opportunity to develop themselves. You are given all the attention and opportunities to decide what you want to do. My goal is to have my bachelor degree and to start building beautiful, luxurious super yachts at Amels.

Damen sponsors UNFC’s 9th Lustrum

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2014 is the 9th Lustrum year of UNFC, the student association of Maritime Technology STC Group Rotterdam.

2014 is the 9th Lustrum year of UNFC, the student association of Maritime Technology STC Group Rotterdam.
The students celebrated this with a spectacular Boat Party on the 28th of May.

On the 22th May 2014, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers named the solar-powered boat engineered by the Solar Boat Team at Delft University of Technology, under the watchful eyes of family, friends, students, sponsors and the public

First outing for the solar-powered boat of TU Delft Solar boatTeam

Dutch astronaut André Kuipers praises solar-powered boat

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

On the 22th May 2014, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers named the solar-powered boat engineered by the Solar Boat Team at Delft University of Technology, under the watchful eyes of family, friends, students, sponsors and the public. Kuipers praised the students for the boat’s unique features, especially its sustainability. “We need these sorts of wonderful projects to make the planet more sustainable. You are the future,” said Kuipers. After witnessing the naming ceremony and receiving the congratulations of Delft executive councillor Ferrie Förster and André Kuipers, the students took their boat out on Delft’s canals for the first time. They even managed to beat their own speed record, clocking 24 kilometres an hour. With their solar-powered boat christened, the students have a few weeks left to train for the event for which they built it: the DONG Energy Solar Challenge, the World Cup For Solar Powered Boats, which will take place from 28 June to 5 July.
Follow the team at www.solarboatteam.nl , facebook www.facebook.com/TUDelftSBT.

The most famous Chinese (or possibly Asian) University which also lectures Naval Architecture and Maritime studies is the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.

Scholarships Shanghai

Jiao Tong University, China

The most famous Chinese (or possibly Asian) University which also lectures Naval Architecture and Maritime studies is the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. DAMEN has started making contact with this technical university at the end of 2012 in order to provide “exposure” for DAMEN as an (global) employer within the Shipbuilding industry. Also the SJTU has very modern facilities like a huge deep water basin and a towing tank of 375 meters in length. Contacts with universities, such as this one with the SJTU, will be beneficial for the growth of DAMEN, mainly in China or other Asian countries. In the meantime DAMEN has hired 3 people from this University and some applications are in process (worldwide). To put some extra “power” to this relationship, DAMEN has decided to provide ten scholarships for the academic year 2014-2015. On April 28th, the signing ceremony has been organized in Shanghai to celebrate this event.

That was just about the first word I learned after arriving in Mexico, and it has gotten me a long way.

Excellente!

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

That was just about the first word I learned after arriving in Mexico, and it has gotten me a long way.
Early this year, I had the opportunity to be part of the Damen family for a short time. I am studying Offshore Engineering at Delft University of Technology and I have almost completed my master’s degree. I spent the first three months of this year as an intern at Damen Shipyards, focusing on Latin America.
Central to my assignment was the concept of the Service Hub: permanently installing equipment and staff somewhere that could prove attractive for Damen. I completed my research in close cooperation with the Services Department, which provided me with a thorough understanding of the sale of a vessel and everything that follows.
Before entering the wonderful world of tacos, quesadillas and, of course, Fast Crew Supply Vessels, I spent a month in Gorinchem, where I learned a great deal about vessels, but also about how Damen works. I enjoyed being able to get to know two different departments (Sales and Services). All of the employees were very helpful with all my questions and my quest for information. I finished the first phase of my research in the Netherlands by finding out what is important for a service hub and the criteria based on which a service hub can take decisions.
Then I set off on my amazing journey. After arriving, I spent a few days in Mexico City so I could familiarise myself with Mexican business practices. Then I travelled on to Ciudad del Carmen. This city, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, is very interesting to Damen because it represents a growing offshore market. The future will hold comprehensive changes for Mexico in the oil and gas industry, and these changes could mean great opportunities for Damen. I researched the criteria relating to the possible set-up of a service hub and met with many companies and individuals in the area. I also verified whether the criteria I developed in Gorinchem were actually relevant. At the same time, I had access to a Damen Field Service Engineer who shared a wealth of knowledge about providing after-sales service in practice.
After leaving Mexico, I travelled to Curaçao, where Damen already has a service hub. This visit enabled me to study what a service hub might look like and whether the model I had developed in the meantime could help with the decision-making regarding the service hub’s focus in the future.
I think that good after-sales service and good cooperation between service and sales represent a huge amount of added value, and that a service hub can contribute enormously to that.
During the last week, I presented all my findings to the Sales and Services Departments. Looking back, those three months just flew by. I learned a great deal, had a lot of fun, and want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Damen who helped me from the bottom of my heart!

Three individual students and two student teams from Delft University of Technology have been named as inaugural winners of the UfD Damen Bachelor Awards.

Damen rewards outstanding technological graduate theses

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Three individual students and two student teams from Delft University of Technology have been named as inaugural winners of the UfD Damen Bachelor Awards. On Monday, 31 March 2014, each of the proud winners received EUR 2,500 from Rob van Wingerden (UfD Board Member) and Arold de Vries (HR Director Damen Shipyards Group).
This is the first time that Damen has conferred the Bachelor Awards, which have been founded to recognise that year’s TU Delft students who write the best Bachelor’s theses. The UfD (Universiteitsfonds Delft) decided to initiate these distinctions as a way of encouraging and rewarding gifted students in technological fields. Damen is delighted with the initiative and will support the awards for the next three years.

Three of the five prizes were awarded to students who had written their theses independently. Lotte de Vos wrote hers on the efficiency of ceramic water filters, Jakob Maljaars wrote his paper on current speeds near breakwaters, and Jan-Jaap Hofman discussed microcapsule coatings for self-healing concrete.
The two winning student teams wrote about composite connectors and the search for water in Africa respectively. The former team comprised Tjitske van Schelven, Chester Houwink, Lili Maxime Hauzer and Kees Aalbers, while the latter was comprised of Jeroen Vink, Bastiaan Beijer, Alexander Helmer, Bart Smeets, Christian Dieleman, Michael den Brabander, Tobias Heil, Vincent Verschuure and Bas Nootebos.

For more information check www.universiteitsfonds.tudelft.nl.

At the recent HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2014, the TU Delft Solar Boat Team revealed their innovative solar-powered boat to the Dutch public for the first time.

Damen supports the TU Delft Solar Boat Team

HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show, The Netherlands

At the recent HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2014, the TU Delft Solar Boat Team revealed their innovative solar-powered boat to the Dutch public for the first time. For 12 months, 32 students from the Technical University of Delft worked to develop the most advanced solar boat of its kind to be found anywhere. The timing of the project was set with a particular goal in mind; the DONG Energy Solar Challenge. This is the world’s leading competition for solar-powered boats and takes place from June 28 to July 5 2014.

The TU Delft solar-powered boat concept uniquely draws inspiration from a well-known characteristic for which the Dutch are famous; cycling! Instead of being steered using a standard wheel located at the stern, the TU Delft solar boat changes direction by rotating the hydrofoils positioned on either side of the bow. The idea of having the steering mechanism at the front, rather than the back, came from bicycles which work in much the same way. This method of steering has not being applied to boats before and has a significant advantage. Because the surface area of the hydrofoils is very small, they offer extremely low resistance. The TU Delft team hope that that together with the lightweight construction of the boat will enable them to win yet again at the DONG Energy Solar Challenge.
Damen is proud to be main sponsor of this entrepreneurial team!

Find out more about the team on http://www.solarboatteam.nl/.

Hi! My name is Berdien Fennema. I am a master student in Supply Chain Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, now heading for graduation mid-March.

Graduate Berdien Fennema

MSc. Supply Chain Management

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Hi! My name is Berdien Fennema. I am a master student in Supply Chain Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, now heading for graduation mid-March. For my master thesis trajectory I looked for an opportunity to combine theoretic insights with practice during a graduate internship. Very quickly after my open application, the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance department (HSEQ) of Damen Shipyards Gorinchem offered me a chance to get to know the company, from August 2013 until the end of February 2014.

The reason I applied for an internship at Damen is because the shipbuilding industry is very complex regarding supply chain management. As Damen builds a wide range of ship types serving specific niche markets, finding and managing the suppliers is an outright challenge. I was eager to become familiar with this rather technological industry and see how my management background could be of use.

My assignment involved the assessment of proactive solutions to waste and waste management. I was asked to design a model that could be implemented at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem as well as its cluster yards. From a supply chain background, I chose to investigate the potential of upstream waste prevention by means of green purchasing, also known as environmental supply management. I was able to fully integrate this assignment with my master thesis and could therefore spend my time optimally. With my recommendation on strategic and operational level, I hope to have contributed to the further development of the supply chain management organization within Damen and the company’s path towards ecological sustainability.

I experienced the working environment as very positive. Within the department I was quickly recognized as a full member, joining the weekly meetings and discussions. Colleagues are open, easy-going and especially proud to work for Damen. Most coworkers were willing to join any occasional chat during coffee, and I have received only positive answers when inquiring for information, interviews or advice.
In my opinion, Damen is a great company to work for. I would recommend any student to gain an insight into this company and the industry by means of an internship.

Berdien Fennema

On Friday, November the 15th, a delegation of about 25 master and PhD students associated with DSD Waldur went on a trip to Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen.

Visit by Student Association Waldur to DSNS

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), Vlissingen, The Netherlands

On Friday, November the 15th, a delegation of about 25 master and PhD students associated with DSD Waldur went on a trip to Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen. The main reason for this excursion was the Joint Support Ship (JSS), which arrived August 2013 in Vlissingen. The hull was built in Romania and then towed to DSNS for further construction. The ship is designed for the Royal Dutch Navy, and with its length of more than 200m, it will be the largest ship in their fleet, accommodating up to 300 crew members. The day started quite early in Eindhoven from where 2 we departed to Vlissingen. Although it was stressed by Waldur that passports were necessary due to security, we had to wait for some board members because they forgot their passports themselves.
At DSNS we had a warm welcome with several interesting presentations about the company Damen, the JSS and its tasks, and the design challenges of the electrical grid needed in the JSS. After the presentations we had a nice lunch before we went on the ship. We got an extensive tour and a good impression of the immense size of the ship. We passed 600km of electrical cables and saw the generators which they were testing as we walked by. We also saw the bridge, decks, propulsion systems and even the galley.

Compete for the UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards

Is your bachelor paper worth € 2,500?

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Compete for the UfD-Damen Bachelor Awards

As we admire new ambitions and ideas, we are continuously supporting new technical developments and talents. Therefore Damen Shipyards, together with the Delft University Fund (UfD), is rewarding exceptional work done in all the bachelor of the Delft University of Technology. Since 2014, our company grants € 12,500 to the creators of five excellent papers, which made them BSc. A jury of experts, from Damen and the Delft University of Technology, will honour papers with courage, innovation, persuasiveness, social relevance, practical applicability and synergy between disciplines. They decide who wins the five awards worth € 2,500 each.

For more info check www.universiteitsfonds.tudelft.nl, registration deadline is March 3, 2014 and the Award will be given on March 31, 2014.

Looking forward to meet you!

2013
My name is Sjak Wiersum. I study mechanical engineering at Groningen and I am doing my graduation project at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Graduate Sjak Wiersum

Bsc. Mechanical Engineering

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Vlissingen, The Netherlands

My name is Sjak Wiersum. I study mechanical engineering at Groningen and I am doing my graduation project at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. After my internship at a shipyard in Groningen, I became more interested into the shipbuilding industry. At a maritime and offshore career event in Rotterdam, I came in contact with Damen Shipyards B.V. There they told me about the possibilities to do my graduation project at one of the companies of Damen. They brought me into contact with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen.
After a few conversations with DSNS, I decided to do my graduation project at the company.
I moved from Groningen to Vlissingen for my graduation project. People from Damen helped me to find a room in Vlissingen. The room is in the middle of the city Vlissingen, close to the boulevard and the office. At DSNS I am carrying out research into the durability of adhesive joints. For this purpose I will set up a test method, to find out what's the real lifetime for a specific adhesive in representative maritime environmental conditions. Colleagues of DSNS are helping me as far as possible, and also the supervision of the project is very good.
What I like about the company, is the involvement with the product. For my project I also went to the Dutch Joint Support Ship (JSS), which is the biggest naval ship ever built at DSNS, to see how and where adhesive bonding is already applied in shipbuilding.

October 2013

Damen Business Course 2nd edition

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

15 Master students discovered Damen during the second Damen Business Course.

15 Master students discovered Damen during the second Damen Business Course. Want to know what they did? You are welcome to follow the event on its official website.

Damen Business Course

Visit by Simon Stevin Student Association to DSNS

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Vlissingen, The Netherlands

Early in the morning of Tuesday, 8 October, a bus filled with mechanical engineering students left Eindhoven for Vlissingen.

Early in the morning of Tuesday, 8 October, a bus filled with mechanical engineering students left Eindhoven for Vlissingen. The destination was kept secret from the students. Naturally, the visit centred on the Joint Support Ship that has been berthed at Vlissingen Oost for completion since August 2013. After an extensive presentation on the mechanical engineering systems that will be installed on board, the students were given a tour of the largest vessel Damen has ever built.

My name is Ruben de Quaasteniet, I studied Mechanical Engineering in Utrecht.

Graduate Ruben de Quaasteniet

Bsc. Mechanical Engineering

Damen Dredging Equipment, Nijkerk, The Netherlands

My name is Ruben de Quaasteniet, I studied Mechanical Engineering in Utrecht. In order to reach my bachelor degree, a graduation period within a company was part of the education program. I chose DAMEN Dredging Equipment because a production facility was present. I am convinced that companies with an in house production facility as well as an in house engineering department are further developed, because they learn from each other. Besides doing that, it was imperative for me that the company was operating in the offshore business and performs the major part of mechanical engineering process itself.
One of the ranges in DAMEN’S product portfolio is the submergible dredge pump called
DOP-pump. They are available from an inlet diameter of 150mm up to 350mm with intermediate steps of 50 mm . Still there was demand for a dredge pump with a higher production rate (m³/h). DAMEN decided to develop and engineer a submersible dredge pump with a 450mm insert pump diameter. The project DAMEN offered me was to develop and engineer this new submersible dredge pump, up to the phase of “ready for offering”. Before starting the engineering phase of the project, I clustered the type of customers for this pump and found out in which environment it would be used. Besides this question there was a more important one to answer. Since the 350 pump is already a big and heavy tool; how big will the 450 pump become and what would be its weight? Will the DOP-pump still be manageable regarding its size and weight? After making a decision in the type of drive and generating a part list I could give answers on those important questions. During the graduation I had a lot of freedom of movement to do things independently, and if I had a question my supervisor almost always had time for me. I learned many things during my internship. Now I’m almost half a year employed by DAMEN Dredging Equipment as an junior engineer with lots of pleasure. The result of my graduation project can be found on the Damen Dredging Equipment website

Visit by William Froude Student Association

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands

On Friday, 16 August, 100 new first-year students in the Maritime Technology programme have visited Damen.

On Friday, 16 August, 100 new first-year students in the Maritime Technology programme have visited Damen. The visit to Damen is an annual activity that is part of the orientation programme. After a general presentation about Damen, it was time to go outside for a tour and, of course, a quick trip on the Fast Crew Supplier 2610.

Project Minor Offshore Engineering & Automation

Avans Hogeschool, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

For our Minor Offshore Engineering & Automation we had to do a project at an offshore company

For our Minor Offshore Engineering & Automation we had to do a project at an offshore company. We chose Damen Shipyards Group as our commissioning company. Damen Engineers are often asked to check a ship for vibrations that are either harmful to components or suggest for example a worn bearing. They do this by going through the ship with a vibration analyser/meter. The problem is that engineers only receive one training with this meter, so Damen needed a machine that can simulate vibrations so engineers can practise and maintain their skills.
When we have finished the concept of the machine that can generate different vibrations. The flywheel can be put out of balance. The bearings can be changed. The top of the system is placed on springs so that the bottom is stable and that it has a natural frequency of a mass-spring system. This is quite handy as you can now calculate at which number of revolutions the system is going in resonance.
We learned a lot by working on this project because the theory concerning vibrations were relatively new to us. But Damen supported us along the way and made sure that we did receive proper guidance and feedback for our report.

Paul Dannenberg, Chiel Hoeksema, Rik Huijzer, Arnout van Linden, Marvin Roermund

My name is Bart Glerum, I am a 23 years old Dutch mechanical engineering student in my fourth and last year.

Intern Bart Glerum

Bsc. Mechanical Engineering

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar, Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar

My name is Bart Glerum, I am a 23 years old Dutch mechanical engineering student in my fourth and last year. From July 2013 until December 2013 I am doing an internship at Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ), a joint venture between Nakilat and Damen in Qatar. My mentor is Marc Verstegen, the facilities and maintenance manager of the shipyard, my main assignment is helping him with the development of a planned maintenance system for a new built hall. At first I wanted to do the internship in the Netherlands but when I heard it was possible to go abroad, I applied for an internship in Qatar. Currently I’m roughly on a third of the internship, and I love it. The work is varied, the people in the yard are easy to get along with and the country is way different than I imagined but has been very nice so far. The only (minor) drawback might be the temperature, during the days it easily gets over 40 degrees Celsius, which means you can soak three coveralls in a day. But I’m told that it should be better further along the season.

To be able to develop a maintenance system, first all the equipment has to be inventoried, then maintenance routines have to be written for the different kinds of equipment and that has to be integrated in the maintenance system. So far I’ve been busy with the inventory part and that will take a few more weeks to complete.

I told Marc that besides the development of a maintenance system, I would like to have some practical experience and luckily that is possible. So I have been working in the yard as well, I could help with relocating pontoons, fixing welding equipment, making new fenders for a pontoon and removing a pillar of a ‘Mega Door’.

I really like the internship so far and I hope that my contribution to the maintenance system will be useful.

Introductory programme with Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

The first activity in the cooperation between Damen Shipyards and Simon Stevin was directly planned in the introductory programme for first-year Mechanical Engineering students.

The first activity in the cooperation between Damen Shipyards and Simon Stevin was directly planned in the introductory programme for first-year Mechanical Engineering students. Two hundred students were instructed to design a sailing freighter that could transport cargo in a more sustainable way. The challenge was to build the ship so it could transport as much cargo as possible without endangering its stability. Speed was also a requirement for the design. Finally, the ships were tested in an "ocean" under windy conditions. This first cooperative activity was definitely a success!

On the 29th of April I arrived in Suzhou, China to fulfill an internship at Damen Marine Components Suzhou.

Intern Haico Stegink

Master Production Management

Damen Marine Components, Suzhou, China

On the 29th of April I arrived in Suzhou, China to fulfill an internship at Damen Marine Components Suzhou. I received a very warm welcome and already a lot of things were arranged for me. An apartment, kitchenware, groceries for the first few days, Chinese sim card, etc, etc. Even my bed was already made. China and the way of living are quite bizarre sometimes, but that makes it real fun to experience. The upcoming three months I will be busy with improving the production processes, especially improving general overview of all current orders and actions.

Three days ago I arrived in Singapore for a three-monthly internship at Damen Shipyards Singapore.

Intern Vincent Doedee

Master Offshore and Dredging Engineering

Damen Shipyards Singapore, Singapore

Three days ago I arrived in Singapore for a three-monthly internship at Damen Shipyards Singapore. Although I have not even had time to properly unpack, life here is great and it is amazing to see all the different cultures here living together. My assignement is quite complicated and a lot of responsibility has been given to me. Tomorrow is my first sail test at sea of a new 1605 which has to sail harder than 30 knots, exciting business. Thanks so much Damen for giving me the opportunity as well as the trust for my internship in Singapore! Vincent