Australia’s Sydney City Marine has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide repair and maintenance service to vessels built by the Netherland-based Damen Shipyards Group .
Under the partnership, Sydney City Marine will conduct repair and maintenance work for Damen vessels in Australia and New Zealand.
The repair and maintenance works will include steel works, painting, boiler making, pipe fitting and carpentry, as well as supply of construction materials.
As part of the deal, Damen will be responsible for the provision of specialist technical assistance, engineering capacity, parts and equipment.
Damen services director Jaap de Lange said: "Following the opening our first Australian Service Hub in 2013, this latest development continues the expansion of our services in Australia.
"By forming this working relationship with Sydney City Marine, our clients can benefit from a local repair, maintenance and spare parts service.
"Furthermore, there are quite a few Damen owners in the area whose vessels are approaching the five-year special survey stage. Sydney City Marine is in the perfect position to offer them safe, reliable and cost-effective turnkey docking solutions."
Under the latest terms of the deal, the Australian yard completed the engineering work of an azimuth stern-drive (ASD) tug cradle, owned by Damen. Additionally, Sydney City Marine is currently performing repairs to the first Damen vessel to visit Sydney City Marine.
Sydney City Marine director Brenton Fischer said: "With our facilities, workforce and efficiencies, and Damen’s technical knowledge, our collaboration will create a full service commercial hub for the commercial operators in our region.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Sydney City Marine, we welcome the formalisation of our relationship which will benefit existing clients and enable both Sydney City Marine and Damen to grow our presence in the region."
The Sydney City Marine, a shipyard with ISO 9001:2015 certification, has deep water access and a ship lift capacity of 800t. The shipyard can accommodate vessels up to 60m in length.