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HMCC Seeker customs patrol vessel was delivered to the UK government in 2001[1]

Damen is a Dutch shipbuilding company.


The Shipyard was founded in 1927 by Jan and Marinus Damen in a self-built workshop. In 1954 their 200th ship was delivered.

Kommer Damen, son of Jan Damen, took over as manager of technical services in 1967 and began trying to shorten delivery times by building hulls to stock and then finishing them as required by customers. This change in strategy led to a difficult time for the company as the investment needed was high and not all of the employees shared Kommer's ideas.

Key figures 2011


  • The Netherlands - 2,100
  • Abroad - 3,900

Operating companies:

  • The Netherlands - 18
  • Abroad - 13


  • Tugs & workboats - 72
  • High speed craft & ferries - 38
  • Dredging & specials - 15
  • Cargo vessels (Inland & coastal) - 25
  • Naval & yachts - 8
  • Others - 3


Damen Shipyards Gorinchem is now an independent member of the Damen Shipyards Group. With over 30 shipyards and related companies worldwide, Damen is involved in ship construction as well as maintenance and repair activities.

Damen has a wide product range, including tugs, workboats, patrol craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, mega yachts and fast ferries. Product design and engineering are carried out in-house and a broad range of designs is available



War ships


Passenger ships


US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard Sentinel class Fast Response Cutter (FRC-B) [153 ft long, and capable of speeds of over 28 knots] is based on the Damen 4708 design, and will be built by the Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana. The firm fixed-price contract for the first ship is worth US$88m; the approximate maximum value of the contract, if all options are exercised for a total of 34 patrol boats, is $1.5 billion over a period of between six and eight years.[2]

Canadian Coast Guard

On September 2, 2009, the Ministry of Public Works and Government Services of Canada announced that 9 mid-shore patrol ships based on a 'Canadianized' version of the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 would be built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Nova Scotia for use by the Canadian Coast Guard in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans had originally wanted 12 patrol craft.[3][4]

Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard

On October 27, 2005, the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard commissioned the HMJS Cornwall, the first of three Damen 4207 vessels (termed "County Class" by the JDFCG). The second "County Class" vessel, the HMJS Middlesex, was commissioned on April 7, 2006. The third and final vessel, the HMJS Surrey, was commissioned on June 26, 2007. The vessels are dubbed "County Class" as they are named after the three counties of Jamaica.

Hong Kong Marine Police

The Marine Region of the Hong Kong Police Force is having Stan 2600 patrol boats built by Damen.

Ecuadorian Coast Guard

In November 2011 the Ecuadorian Coast Guard ordered Damen Stan 2606 patrol vessels, to be built in Ecuador by Astinave.[5]

Vietnam Marine Police

Damen Group has already delivered some Damen Stan 4207 patrol vessels for search and rescue missions.

The Vietnam Marine Police also cooperated with Damen Group to build large vessels with Dutch license, such as one offshore patrol vessel 9014, one hydrographic survey vessel 6613, four salvage tugs 6412.[6][7] These vessels will be built in Vietnam by the Song Thu company.

See also


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