Damen Shipyards Group and Concordia Group have signed a joint venture agreement with the purpose of cooperating in the construction and trade of inland waterway vessels
The joint venture will operate under the name Concordia Damen Shipbuilding. “Damen and Concordia are joining forces in order to better support clients in their investments," said Chris Kornet, CEO of Concordia.
"Concordia Damen Shipbuilding will, beside catering to the general demand, focus on the development of sustainable vessels with a diversity of new shipbuilding techniques, in order to achieve a bright and clean future for shipowners. We are very pleased to partner with Damen to expand our activities in the inland waterways market."
Concordia has been active in the Dutch inland waterways business since 2001 and also internationally over the past 10 years. The corporate identity of Concordia will remain within the new joint venture. The joint venture will increase production capacity.
Damen operates a global network of shipyards as well as an international sales and service network. The Inland Waterways team, led by Product Director Inland Waterway Transport Simon Provoost, will stay in the Netherlands, but move from the Damen headquarters in Gorinchem to the Concordia office in Werkendam. “Both parties are very pleased with this partnership and look forwards towards a future with ambition and mutual trust,” says Mr. Provoost, who is appointed Managing Director of Concordia Damen Shipbuilding.