IMB Sea Term 2020 - Willemstad, Curacao Report

The TS 'Kennedy' steamed into the picturesque town of Willemstad on Feb.7 for a three day visit. Willemstad, known for its pastel colored Dutch architecture also has the Queen Emma bridge, a floating pontoon type that connects the neighborhood across Sint Anna Bay. The IMB students visited the Damen Shiprepair Yard in Curacao on Saturday,Feb.8, one of the largest ship repair and drydocking facilities in the Caribbean.

Damen Shiprepair Curaçao is strategically located in the Caribbean, en route to the Panama Canal, and outside the Hurricane Belt. The yard offers excellent working conditions within a natural bay. The Willemstad ship repair facility is one of sixteen that the Damen group operates globally and consists of two graving and two floating docks. The field trip included a presentation on the Damen Group activities in the Caribbean and their global footprint in ship repair, shipbuilding and the conversion market. The students witnessed an LPG tanker in drydock, the floating docks and had a tour of the workshops. We would like to express our thanks to Managing Dir.Mr.Lodewijk and Ms Jurine Thomas for coordinating this visit locally. Mr. Daan Dijxhoorn (Area Manager, N.America) co-ordinated the visit from Damen HQ in the Netherlands.

We thank Damen Shipyards group for having made this trip a success!

Cadets propeller inspection of ship

graving ship yard cadets posing for picture

cadets at floating dock damen

MMA Presentation Damen with Professor Pandy

Damen Presentation Willemstad