Damen sells its winches on the open market

DMC's range includes shiphandling towing winches (Peter Barker) DMC's range includes shiphandling towing winches (Peter Barker)
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Damen Shipyards Group has announced that its marine winches sold under the name of Damen Marine Components (DMC) are to be made available on the open market.

A feature of ordering vessels including tugs and workboats from Damen is its various levels of arrangement with component manufacturers allowing an efficient and established process of ‘assembling’ the many components that go in to such vessels. From the likes of Caterpillar and Wärtsilä in the engine room to Alphatron Marine in the wheelhouse continuity has much to offer.

Damen Marine Components is in fact part of the Damen Group and manufactures a range of systems including nozzles, rudder and steering systems along with winches but up to now seafarers will have only encountered DMC winches on Damen-built or maintained vessels, previously sold exclusively within the Damen group. That will change with DMC making its winches generally available to third-party shipyards and equipment suppliers for the first time.

DMC has been producing winches on a commercial scale since 2010 but previously Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam had been building and maintaining winches for its fishing vessel clientele. Eight years ago the decision was made to put that valuable knowledge and expertise to good use across the group, Damen recognising that producing such components in-house would not only leverage an existing skills base but also reduce reliance on other suppliers.

Additional features based on Damen’s shipbuilding knowledge include the application of extended factory acceptance testing to remove the need for post-installation commissioning, the assembly of winches on single skids for easy mounting, and the application of duplex paint systems for maximum durability. DMC’s range of winches include low maintenance escort, towing, anchor and tugger winches and capstans. Described by Damen as “simple to install and align” potential buyers will benefit from service and spares available at short notice on a worldwide basis.

Steef Staal managing director of DMC says: “Our doors are now open for enquiries from anyone looking for the best in maritime winches for all applications. We may be a new entrant into the general market, but we offer a wealth of experience and expertise, and our winches can already be found on vessels all over the world, delivering first-class performance and value for money.”

By Peter Barker

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