Damen Shipyards Galati Celebrates 125th Anniversary
On 15th August, Damen Shipyards Galati held a party for the annual celebration of Ziua Navalistului – Shipbuilder’s Day.
This year the party was larger than usual as it incorporated a celebration of 100 years since Romanian unification and Damen Shipyard Galati’s 125th anniversary.
Speaking at the celebration, the mayor of Galati, Ionuţ Pucheanu, said, “When I think of the Shipyard in Galaţi, I think of professionalism and tradition. You are those who make these things happen here. All I can do is to congratulate you, wish you health and strength for the future. I hope that in 125 years from now, your successors will meet again here, maybe at a larger scale, which means this yard will extend its production capacity in future!”
Yard managing director Rino Brugge said, “At the core of Romania’s shipbuilding industry, Damen Shipyards Galati takes pride in its maritime heritage, which covered over the years a wide variety of ships, from oil tankers, cargo vessels, bulk carriers and drilling rig platforms to modern ferries and superyachts, complete offshore vessels, workboats as well as defense and naval vessels.
The Galati yard was founded in 1893 by Gherorghe Fernic at the time that the shipbuilding industry was modernizing, taking the step from wooden to metal hull construction. It quickly made a name for itself and became internationally renowned for the complexity of the vessels it built.