Damen Shipyards Group has acquired repair yard D. van de Wetering in Rotterdam, South Holland, the Netherlands, in a bid to increase its harbour and voyage repair scope capabilities.

Under the terms of the deal, the activities of D. van de Wetering yard located at the Bunschotenweg will be transferred to Damen Shiprepair Van Brink, in Pernis following the termination of operations at the repair yard from 5 October.

D. van de Wetering has extensive experience in delivering 24/7 harbour and voyage repairs across Europe, specialising in all types of above-the-waterline repairs to sea-going vessels.

"It has always been our strategy to be able to repair ships anytime anywhere in the world and even work on ships while in transit."

The acquisition will enable Damen to integrate the harbour and voyage activities into its Damen Shiprepair and Conversion (DSC) network comprising of 11 hubs across five continents which provide support and a wide range of repair and other services to operators.

Damen customers are expected to benefit from the integration of the companies with the availability of additional experienced and flexible specialists, around the clock at DSC locations or in harbours across the globe.

Customers can continue to use existing contact details for the yard, which will be transferred directly to DSC.

DSC Group director Durk-Jan Nederlof said: "It has always been our strategy to be able to repair ships anytime anywhere in the world and even work on ships while in transit.

"This acquisition accelerates our ambitions in this field."

Damen Services director Jaap de Lange said: "The experienced engineers of D. van de Wetering are a useful add to our existing pool of around 70 worldwide operating field service engineers.

"They can strengthen our service support in the field of warranty, technical assistance, maintenance, expeditionary repairs and refits."

In 2012, the company, acquired by French ship repair yard Sobrena and Gothenburg-based ship repairer Götaverken Cityvarvet changed its name to Damen Shiprepair Götaverken (DSG) as part of its long-term strategy to expand its repair services.

DSC offers a network of 16 repair and conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks.