CEMT Award for Damen CEO
From Right: Trevor Blakeley, RINA/ CEMT and René Berkvens, Chief Executive of Damen Shipyards Group
The 2016 CEMT Award was presented by Trevor Blakeley, Chief Executive of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Chairman of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies to René Berkvens, Chief Executive of Damen Shipyards Group.
The Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies is an independent confederation of professional institutions involved in education and professional development, and learned societies, that facilitate the exchange of information in the field of maritime technology. CEMT is recognised by the European Commission.
Over the past 30 plus years, René Berkvens has held many different appointments in the Damen Shipyards Group. These started with sales which took him to Africa. Subsequently, he became Director for the Americas, developing long term relations, particularly with Brazil.
Later he managed the largest subsidiary of the Damen Shipyards Group, designing and constructing dedicated to the design and construction of workboats and security craft.
Since 2006, René Berkvens has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Damen Shipyards Group with overall responsibility for its operation. During this time the Group has doubled its turnover and acquired 15 companies in shiprepair, newbuilding and engineering.
By Jake Frith