Day 7, July 1, 2019

cadets in the engine room of a ship

Today was an early start, meeting up with Captain Pandey at 0800 in Blaak Station. We had chartered a bus for the day, and we were departing at 0800 to leave to a company warehouse belonging to “GAC”, a Rotterdam based maritime logistics company. Upon arrival 3 of their staff greeted us with coffee and snacks, and we collected into a board room for a presentation on what GAC does, how they do it, and how GAC influences the marine industry. To summarize a rather in-depth presentation, GAC provides any service a vessel owner may need while the vessel is in port, this includes any replacement parts, auxiliary equipment, stores, or crew transportation. They work very hard to ensure a vessel owner can use them for any consumable need they have. They gave us a tour of the warehouse, where a “small” amount of equipment is kept for prompt vessel services. After the tour we boarded the bus and got ready to visit a very exciting company called “Damen”.

I had done quite a bit of research leading up to our visit to Damen. From my own research I was sufficiently impressed with the work they do. Damen is a company that provides ship building, ship repair, dry dock services and custom design work. Damen started in 1927 building wooden skiffs, and they now employ 12,000 people, in 30 shipyards in 5 continents. Damen specializes in work boats and tugboats; however, they have an extensive resume that includes world class custom vessels such as the Van Oord Nexus, Dona Angela Maria T, and many naval frigates. In addition to these specialized vessels, Damen provides some of the world’s most capable Tugboats on the market, Producing and selling over 180 vessels a year. We were lucky enough to get a tour of the docks, where all of Damens inventory and repair vessels are stored. We got a tour of one of their flagship’s tugboats, which all the students enjoyed.

cadets with blue hard hats

Cadets in front of a docked ship