Damen Shipyards reports that its Antalya, Turkey, shipyard has gained ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. The achievement comes a time of rapid expansion that has seen the shipyard add of three new production halls in a space of two years.
"These certifications confirm the quality of our production processes," says the shipyard's Managing Director Auke van der Zee. "They also show our commitment to safe and clean working practices. It is this dedication to quality that our customers expect from Damen."
The yard gained the certifications within a period of six months; the shortest time ever taken by a company in Turkey.
Damen Shipyards Antalya opened in 2013 after the purchase of the Cyrus yard by Damen Shipyards Group. Since then the shipyard has continued to develop and to build vessels up to 35 m in length.
Best known for specializing in composite vessel construction, Damen Shipyards Antalya added steel and aluminum vessel fabrication to its list of capabilities last year with the addition of two new production halls.
Production subsequently increased: the three sites delivered 54 ships in 2015 (an increase of more than 20 compared to the previous year).
The rise in production has been accompanied by an increase in the number of vessel types under production.
"The diversity of vessels that we build here is shown best by the fact that there are currently seven different types of ships in the water here," says Mr. Van der Zee.
These vessels include Damen's Stan Pilot 1505, Stan Pilot 1605, Stan Patrol 1605, Interceptor 1503, Interceptor 1102, Fast Crew Supplier 5009 and the Search and Rescue Vessel 1906.The yard is also equipped to build various examples from Damen's Public Transport range.
The yard's expansion has continued this year too with the inauguration of a fourth production hall.
"With this new building location, we have further expanded our capacity for steel and aluminium vessel construction," says Mr. Van der Zee. "We can now build an even wider range of vessels, including larger ferries and Fast Yacht Support vessels"