On 13 January 2024 Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) celebrated its tenth anniversary. Starting out in 2012 on undeveloped ground, DSS has grown into a state-of-the-art shipyard covering 200,000m2. It features large construction halls and eleven repair berths, including one covered berth.
Over the last decade, the shipyard has developed a strong track record, delivering 90 new vessels. Amongst these, is the largest newbuild vessel constructed in the UAE; a project DSS managed to safely undertake during the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, the yard has undertaken over 3,000 repair projects including more than 1,000 dockings, 2,000 quayside repairs and ten major conversions.
Since it began its operations, DSS has invested continually in the development of both its technology and its personnel. For example, the yard offers opportunities to talented people via Albwardy Damen’s in-house graduate scheme. The results of this people development are clearly visible in the make-up of the team, where 75% of middle management have risen through the ranks internally.
The yard boasts a highly skilled team of engineers available 24/7. With all major trades in house, DSS serves its clients as a one-stop-shop able to carry out 90% of its work with its own personnel.
DSS has full capabilities to carry out emergency repairs, including to fire damaged vessels. The yard’s broad scope includes propeller repair, hydraulics and electric work, carpentry, 3D scanning, GRE and CNC pipework, underwater performance and diving work. Together with the other Albwardy Damen locations, the yard serves as OEM representative for a number of globally recognised manufacturers.