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Damen joins World Ocean Council

LNG Industry,

Damen Shipyards Group has become the first European shipbuilder to join the World Ocean Council (WCO).

World Ocean Council

The WCO is an international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship.

Damen works to reduce environmental impacts of shipping, by focusing on optimising ship design and working on product innovations. This has resulted in, for example, the E3 label, applying to new Damen designs that are environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable.

LNG tugs

Other examples include new generations of hybrid, CNG and LNG tugs and inland shipping vessels, some of which are built and some of which are in research programmes.

The company is developing new ways to address growing ocean challenges, such as pioneering the world’s first mobile ballast water treatment vessel (InvaSave) to operate in ports and support ship deballasting operations.


Arnout Damen, Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “Vessels are a common and fundamental aspect of all ocean industries. Many of the impacts to the marine environment can and must be addressed through improved vessel development and operations. Through the World Ocean Council, Damen can better work with the diverse ocean business community to identify and develop the innovative designs and products needed to tackle these issues – creating business opportunities and business solutions in support of cleaner seas.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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