Damen Shipyards Cape Town has its roots in the Foarocean Marine Shipyard, established in 1988 by three partners originally from the deep-sea fishing, shipbuilding and repair industries. Starting out as a closed corporation, it was converted into a private company in 1994. At the end of 2007, the shipyard’s facilities and personnel were acquired by the Damen Shipyards Group. Damen Shipyards Cape Town (Pty) Ltd. was established with a 30% shareholding held by Montsi Investments. The output of the yard is now up to ten vessels a year.
Damen Shipyards has a long history in the African market. For more than 20 years Damen worked with Farocean Marine under the Damen Technical Cooperation programme. In 1998 the first newly designed and built Damen Stan Tug 1906/2006 was launched. Many Damen designed vessels followed, all built at the shipyard in Cape Town.
Damen Shipyards has invested heavily in the modernisation of the premises. Improvements include an expansion of the site, the installation of modern machinery and new, larger capacity overhead cranes. At the same time we have continued to build numerous vessels, increased staff numbers and enhanced the working conditions. Around half of the yard’s capacity is dedicated to building standardised Damen vessels while the other half is used for specific contracts.
With our experience, we are able to provide professional advice, taking each client’s wishes and budget into account. Over the past 40 years, Damen Services has rehabilitated, converted and repaired many Damen and non-Damen vessels. Refit and conversion can often be an attractive option when compared to the investment required for a new vessel.more