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Friday, March 5, 2021 

Damen Shipyards Group is to start a specialised Financial Services division, to support clients in the financing of new ships by means of both operational and financial lease constructions.

Damen has, for the last 30 years, been providing assistance to its clients in attracting financing for new ships. But according to Jan Willem van Helden, MD Damen Financial Services: “However, the demand for lease solutions is increasing. By making it a separate entity within the group, we can work with external investors, banks and specialists to optimise our offering on both a large and a smaller scale, with ships and services as one package."

The advantage for Damen's customers is that they can treat their capital investment as  operational costs (OPEX). For Damen, the extra service means that a broader package, including maintenance, is offered, so that, for example, better management can be done towards a more sustainable use of the ships.

Van Helden said: “Ship-as-a-Service and circularity in shipbuilding come a step closer. Moreover, the new service means that, from a governance perspective, we have a better overview of how the financing works.”

The working method of the new division opens the way to new business models for Damen Shipyards Group.

“In the past, we would first sell a ship and then support our customer with the financing structure,” said van Helden. “In the new set-up, the operating structure and financial framework are created first, after which customers are approached to purchase ships. This generally include a long term, low risk element such as a concession or charter contract.”

Damen expects to be able to announce the first tangible projects of the new d

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