This follows the group’s entry into building large vessels for the ro-pax, cruise and offshore markets via its new Romania facility, Damen Shipyards Mangalia. The Helsinki office will augment and extend Damen’s engineering capability in this market segment.
Finland was selected because, along with Italy, Germany and France, it is one of the world-leading countries in the design and building of cruise and ro-pax vessels, in combination with expertise in ice-class ships, a growing segment of the cruise market.
Helsinki also has excellent connections to Poland and the Netherlands, allowing for optimal collaboration between the Damen engineering entities situated in Gdansk and Rotterdam.
Initial target of around 30 employees
Damen Engineering Helsinki Oy will focus on concept and basic engineering with an initial target of around 30 people to be based there by the end of 2020, working in close cooperation with their colleagues within Damen.
The office is also intended as a showcase for Damen in Finland, welcoming both customers and suppliers, and it will seek collaboration with local, specialized maritime engineering entities. With that in mind, much effort went into finding the right premises. A recently renovated building has been selected in a central Helsinki location. The area is transforming from a former industrial harbor and fish market and offers excellent commuting connections and a pleasant work environment for employees, according to Damen.
Cruise and ro-ro projects to start
'We are now focused on building the team,' said Damen’s engineering manager, Frank Rebel, 'and we already have two projects to start with: a cruise vessel and a ro-ro vessel. Members of Damen’s Helsinki team will have the opportunity to add real value to these and other projects in the future. We look forward to welcoming them into the Damen family.'