Mr Maarten Jongen has officially been appointed Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Singapore (DSSi) from March 2012. In his new role Mr Jongen will focus on marketing, services and further improving efficiency at the yard that has been building (aluminium) Damen vessels since 2000. DSSi has been part of the Damen Shipyards Group since 2000.
Mr Jongen (35) originally joined Damen in 2002 straight from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) where he studied Naval Architecture and Marine Technology. He has several years of experience in the Asian market through his last position, since 2007, as Regional Sales Manager Asia Pacific.
Mr Jongen's major aim is to make Damen Shipyards Singapore into an even more efficient production yard, even though the South East Asian yard already enjoys a strong reputation for efficiency. "The cost price should be as low as possible, while maintaining Damen's proven quality of course," he says. "The construction of larger series of vessels enables us to evaluate and improve our production processes in a better way compared to when we are building one-offs. Our emphasis on environmentally friendly production and safety is added to this and will improve the level both our efficiency and quality."
The shipyard will also start sourcing and purchasing locally more than it has done in the past. In addition, DSSi will be carrying out detailed engineering of vessels, so it can customise and tailor-make standard built vessels to specific client requests.