Seventy percent of the earth is made up of water. Water connects worlds and allows us to discover. To trade. To provide help. To produce food and generate energy. To relax and enjoy. In order to ensure global prosperity for next generations and keep the earth habitable with an ever-increasing world population, it is essential that we use the water and the seabed as optimally, but also as responsibly, as possible. Oceans, seas, lakes and rivers offer us enormous possibilities. Damen offers unprecedented solutions to utilise and protect these possibilities. With good stewardship for earth, nature and the environment.


By expanding our leading position in standardisation and serial construction in ship building, we provide our clients worldwide with state-of-the-art maritime solutions to responsibly and efficiently utilise the increasing possibilities in trade, food, energy and recreation that oceans, seas, lakes and rivers offer to humanity. We are a family owned business and stand for fellowship, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and stewardship. In every aspect of our business the next generation is our starting point. 


  • Fellowship
  • Cooperation. Team above individual. One Damen. A family company. 

  • Craftsmanship
  • Quality. State-of-the-art. Reliable products, reliable organisation. A deal is a deal. 

  • Stewardship 
  • Long-term focus. Sustainability. Corporate Social Responsibility. Family values. 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Client focused. Getting out and about. Thinking in opportunities. Providing solutions. Delivering added value. Inventiveness. 


Oceans, seas, lakes and rivers offer humanity a growing range of possibilities in the areas of trade, food, energy and recreation. With a growing world population, it is essential to utilise and protect these possibilities not only as efficiently, but also as responsibly as possible. At Damen, we provide maritime solutions for this. Versatile platforms that enable our customers worldwide to be successful. Inventive ships that raise the standard in terms of safety, reliability, efficiency, ease of use and sustainability. In fact, we want to become the most sustainable shipbuilders in the world. Our ambitions lie in circularity and zero-emission sailing. Digitising our platforms is a precondition for achieving the latter. 

In the previous century, we revolutionised shipbuilding. Thanks to standardisation and serial production, we were able to supply our customers faster with better ships. More than ninety years and 6,000 ships later, those pillars are unchanged. Their importance is only increasing in the light of zero-emission and digitisation. It is not efficient to find new solutions for every ship to get them 'green' and 'connected'. 

Based on our vision of circular, cradle-to-cradle, building, we offer Ship-as-a-Service concepts, in which clients pay for use and not for ownership. In this way we keep control over the entire product life cycle: from design, engineering, construction and maintenance to the recycling of our ships.  

We do not build our ships alone, but together with an extensive network of maritime partners worldwide. As a main contractor, we are system integrators par excellence. That’s why we firmly believe in the power of sharing. It means that we also use our craftsmanship to build platforms on production facilities that are not ours. In this way, through knowledge transfer, we not only contribute to better, safer and more eco-friendly ships, but also to sustainable local development and prosperity. 

As a family business, we operate independently of stock prices and hypes. Our playing field is the world. Our horizon is the long term. We firmly believe in fellowship, but also in the strength of the individual. Each colleague is focused on ensuring truly satisfied clients and making our contribution to a better world for the generations to come. 

Arnout Damen quote:

“We have the ambition to be the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder. It is my firm belief that this begins at home. This is why we strive to be a good neighbour and give something back to the communities and environment in which we live and work, all around the world.”

Josien Damen quote:

“Sponsorship provides us with the opportunity to form partnerships and long-term relationships with those who believe in the same values as Damen. Nederlands Dans Theater is one such example. What the dancers do may seem, at first glance, to be a long way from shipbuilding. But actually we have much in common. I see a shared pride in what we do, passionately striving for elegance. We have a shared commitment to quality and the composure required to pursue it. And a shared pride in delivering perfection.”


As a family company we seek to develop relationships for the long-term with those who share our values of Stewardship, Fellowship, Craftsmanship and Entrepreneurship – locally, nationally and internationally. We believe these values pave the way for sustainability and a connected, healthy society, offering opportunity for prosperity. We look to connect to those who hold in common our passion and pride for perfection.

In our sponsoring we focus on five areas connected to our world:

Striving to be good neighbours

Local support is very important to us. We want to care for our employees and suppliers and for the communities in which we operate.

Support for our maritime world

At Damen we provide solutions that support our maritime industry. This in-depth involvement in our sector includes sponsorship of a variety of maritime initiatives.

Providing access to culture

Cultural heritage is of vital importance to Damen. We strive to partner with the institutions of the arts; theatres, music, dance as well as museums. Our support of such initiatives reaches a large and broad audience.

Enhancing opportunity, socially

Damen supports many social activities and events aimed at enhancing the pleasure and opportunity within our societies.

Team spirit & healthy living

As a family business, we highly value team spirit and a healthy, active life. This is reflected in our support of numerous (local) sport clubs and events.

Damen’s sponsorship activity is intended to provide support for organisations, institutions and events that share our values and are connected with the work we do. All sponsorship undertaken by Damen is in accordance with our Business Integrity Policy and Anti-bribery & Corruption Policy. Any sponsorship arrangement we enter into must not, either directly or indirectly, finance religious institutions, pressure groups, political campaigns, parties or candidates.

Disclaimer: The above relates to the sponsorship activity of Damen Shipyards Group at the time of writing. The Damen family may independently undertake sponsorship arrangements not subject to the information provided here.

Contact us: sponsoring@damen.com


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