The return of F1 to Zandvoort - a business opportunity for Damen?

Could the return of Formula 1 to Zandvoort in Holland next year bring an unexpected new market for niche shipbuilder Damen?

While many fans welcomed the announcement this week of the return of the classic racing circuit to the F1 calender they also bemoaned on social media the poor infrastructure links to the site and the prospect of massive jams that many tens of thousands of fans descending on it would bring.

With Zandvoort being close to the sea public speaker and a former F1 team manager Mark Gallagher, somewhat tongue in cheek suggested on Twitter that there was a Dutch shipbuilder – Damen – that builds landing craft.


As much as this looks like an interesting new line of business for Damen we are not sure it's quite the motorsport's style. But there might be an opportunity for nice modern ferries or luxury yachts – assuming there would be anywhere to berth them.



Posted 16 May 2019

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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