Damen Shipyards Cape Town

Damen Shipyards Cape Town joins Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town has joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) in South Africa. The yard is represented in the Association by Transformation and ESD Manager Eva Moloi.

WISTA is an international networking organisation whose mission is to attract and support women, at the management level, in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors.

Transformation and ESD Manager Eva has been nominated to WISTA South Africa’s Executive Committee as the Cape Town Chapter Representative. 

Eva said, “It is an honour to be nominated to serve on the Executive Committee of WISTA South Africa as the Cape Town Chapter Representative. Along with my fellow members I look forward to playing my part in developing our chapter, growing and diversifying its membership and engaging on workplace inclusivity and equality – subjects of crucial importance for the South African maritime industry.” 

Damen Shipyards Group Head of Communications and President of WISTA the Netherlands Sylvia Boer said, “I would like to extend my congratulations to WISTA South Africa on their recent relaunching and wish them every success in their stimulation of workplace equality in the country’s maritime industry. I am pleased to see DSCT supporting these aims. International inclusivity in the workplace is high on Damen’s agenda and forms a significant part of our alignment of operations with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.” 

Workplace inclusivity is a subject close to the heart of Damen Shipyards Cape Town. It is the yard’s aim to give all its employees the opportunity to develop their skills – both personal and professional – to their full potential.

WISTA South Africa was recently relaunched, bringing the total number of National WISTA Associations to 46 – four of which are located on the African continent. The relaunched Association currently focuses on Cape Town, but is planning to expand its activities to Durban and Port Elizabeth in the future.

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers around 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works. 

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating (and covered) drydocks, including the longest, 420 x 80 metres, and the widest, 405 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.

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