The move represents a vote of confidence in oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, despite the current profitability challenges of deepwater oil exploration.
“In this difficult economic climate, we are of the opinion that it is important to support the oil and gas market and are thrilled to expand our business to customers across North America and Canada,” said Damen coo Arnout Damen.
Despite the sudden drop in oil prices recently, total energy production in the US increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, with exports up 6% year-on-year according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The office will represent both Damen’s shiprepair yards outside the US as well as its newbuilding contingent, which has launched a new programme, "License to Build", offering Damen ship designs and construction expertise to US shipyards, Jan van Hogerwou, USA & Canada newbuildings manager explained. “Our standardised shipbuilding approach, known as The Damen Standard, has become one of our fundamental core values. It gives us the ability to offer our customers well-proven, innovative vessels and/or designs for competitive prices.
“I look forward to working closely together with both ship operators as well as shipyards to maximize the value of having a local presence with the use of proven designs, high quality craftsmanship and low total cost of ownership.”