Overseas export— Gorinchem


Netherlands shipbuilder Damen manufactures the boats that keep navies and coast guards up-to-speed worldwide. A near-century old success story, theirs is a contribution to a local tradition stretching back even further.

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In the past decade Dutch design has been synonymous with furniture, with Eindhoven serving as its capital. But an hour’s drive north from the Design Academy brings visitors in contact with an industry that Holland has excelled in shaping since the 17th century: shipbuilding. The latest innovator in this field, family-run boatyard Damen, is based on the shores of the Merwede at Gorinchem, where naval architects sit quietly in exposed brick offices staring at 3d ship superstructures on the computer.

Started by two brothers in 1927, Damen first foc…

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Stan Patrol 4207

Length: 42 metres
Displacement: 238 tonnes
Speed: 25-30 knots
Popular with naval defence forces, the cutter can launch a pursuit craft while on the move. Customers include the UK Border Agency and the US and Canadian Coast Guards.

Sigma Frigate

Length: 98/105 metres
Displacement: 2,075/2,335 tonnes
Speed: 27 knots
This multi-purpose frigate, armed with missiles and torpedoes, is available in two versions. Purchased by the Moroccan and Indonesian navies.

Stan Patrol 5009

Length: 50 metres
Displacement: 425 tonnes
Speed: 23-35 knots
Based on Damen’s fast crew supply ship, the 5009 has an axe-shaped bow in steel that cuts through waves to reduce fuel consumption. Clients include Italy’s Guardia di Finanza.

Interceptor 1102

Length: 11 metres
Displacement: 4.5 tonnes
Speed: 55 knots
Made with a composite hull in carbon fibre and fibreglass, the nimble speedboat seats six and turns on a dime. Designed to catch drug smugglers and Somali pirates.

Offshore Patrol 3750

Length: 108 metres
Displacement: 3,750 tonnes
Speed: 21 knots
Purchased by the Royal Netherlands Navy for use in the North Sea and Dutch municipalities, the ship is equipped for long-range patrols, search and rescue and humanitarian relief missions.


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