Sweden: Damen Shiprepair Gotaverken to Become Leading Shipyard in The Nordic Region
Damen Shiprepair Gotaverken (DSGö) is committed to becoming the leading shipyard in the Nordic region. By following a strategy that puts greater focus on environmental initiatives, investments and new jobs, DSGö is raising the bar for its Gothenburg shipyard. Under the new strategy, the long-established Swedish shipyard Götaverken Cityvarvet is now changing its name to Damen Shiprepair Götaverken.
Since 2000, the company has been part of the global Damen Shipyards Group, which is based in the Netherlands and has a turnover of 1.3 billion euro.
Damen Shipyards Group has more than 35 shipyards and related companies around the world, eight of which are dedicated to repairs, conversion and maintenance. Götaverken is the third largest of those eight. The company is one of the largest specialist ship repair yards in northern Europe.
“We are proud of our Götaverken heritage and this will naturally also be reflected in our new name. The wealth of expertise we have built up over the years, together with the many opportunities that the Damen Group offers for meeting customers’ demands, give us a very solid foundation on which to build. We will also need to take on around 25 to 30 new employees over the next two years,” comments Jos Goris, Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair Götaverken.
The new strategy to take the number one ranking in the Nordic region has also led Damen Shiprepair Götaverken to buy up both floating docks they have been using, as well as refurbishing and making new investments at the facility in the Port of Gothenburg.
“The global economic crisis has hit shipping and the shipbuilding industry hard in Scandinavia as well. Combined with high fuel prices, this has meant that ship-owners have been holding back on repairs and maintenance. The effect for us has been stiffer competition for customers. This makes it especially important that we now invest strategically in order to meet customers’ needs as effectively as possible,” adds Jos Goris.
Source: damen, March 5, 2012