Damen takes a proactive approach to developing sustainable and cost-effective vessels and services. Our R&D teams look into sustainable solutions, in terms of both manufacturing processes and product improvements. After all, it’s how we stay ahead of the game.

From hull design to alternative fuels and safety – here are a few current examples of our many innovative projects.

Damen innovative projects

Computational Fluid Dynamics / Gone With The Wind project

Project ‘Gone With The Wind’

As part of its ongoing programme into investigating Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools and the contribution they can make to accelerating the design process while at the same time cutting costs, Damen has been undertaking a project designated ‘Gone with the Wind’ (GWTW).

Computational mesh detail and flow streamlines for the ASD Tug 3212

DCR Virtual Towing Tank

Damen is currently undertaking a three-year programme to develop in-depth technical knowledge of the use and validity of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools within the Group.

Building special purpose vessels for niche markets, our products contain complex metal components for which AM holds great potential.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, plays a key role in the R&D portfolio of the Damen Shipyards Group.

Our development method is unique and the hybrid propulsion system leads to spectacular reductions in CO2 emissions

E3 Tug Project

Developing a hybrid tug – Damen plays a leading role in the well-known E3 Tug initiative.

Damen has been looking at ways to promote sustainable shipping for years

Inland ships benefit from air lubricated hulls

Damen’s efforts to promote sustainable shipping pay off with ACES – the ‘Air Chamber Energy Saving’ vessel.

The “Axe Bow Concept” was developed, a hull shape with unparallelled seakeeping characteristics

Sea Axe Design

Damen and Delft University of Technology have cooperated to improve the seakeeping characteristics of high-speed vessels. The outcome? The Sea Axe.

Damen maks vessels more effective in their operations, more cost-efficient and more environmentally friendly

The Damen safe Tug

Damen participates in the Marine Safe Tug project that examines ship assists in extreme conditions.


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