Damen acquires Sobrena ship repair yard in France

2 April 2012 (Last Updated April 2nd, 2012 18:30)

Damen Shipyards has acquired French ship repair yard Sobrena as part of its long-term strategy to expand its repair services.

Damen, Sobrena Shiprepair Brest

Damen Shipyards has acquired French ship repair yard Sobrena as part of its long-term strategy to expand its repair services.

The newly acquired yard will be renamed Damen Shiprepair Brest and also serve the maritime and offshore industries with ship repair and conversion services.

Damen Shiprepair Brest has three drydocks with largest one, N°3 measuring to 420 x 80 m and will be available for repair works immediately.

the repair yard will focus on both ship repair and the conversion of oceangoing and offshore vessels and platforms.

The renamed yard will also serve various markets and vessel types, like LNG tankers, oil tankers, semi-submersibles, FPSOs, offshore construction vessels, jack-up rigs, cruiseships and ferries.

Damen Shipyards CEO René Berkvens said that Sobrena is a long-term investment, similar to the other six repair yards along the North Sea coast.

"They have been well-maintained over the years and they are in good condition," Berkvens said.

"Damen has eight repair & conversion yards worldwide and together we have 22 drydocks. As of now, we’ll have 25 docks available for our customers of which Sobrena’s largest dock measures 420 by 80 metres and is one of the largest in Europe."

Sobrena can carry out repair work on civilian vessels measuring over 100m in length through its three drydocks and four repair berths.

The drydock N° 1 was commissioned in 1910 while other bigger drydocks were opened later.

Since 1987 it has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Meunier Group having its headquarters in Brest, France.

The company also acquired Gothenburg-based ship repairer Götaverken Cityvarvet earlier this year changing its named to Damen Shiprepair Götaverken (DSG).

As a part of its strategy to become the leading shipyard in the Nordic region, Damen has bought both floating docks of Götaverken Cityvarvet was using while it revealed a plan to refurbish and make additional investments at the facility in the Port of Gothenburg.

Damen has not disclosed the value of the transaction.

Image: Damen Shiprepair Brest will focus on both shiprepair and conversion of oceangoing and offshore vessels and platforms. Photo: Damen