Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Gorinchem, Schiedam and Bergum
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.11 - Building of ships and floating structures

173 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 August 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Dutch ship-building and offshore company Damen Shipyards cuts 1,050 jobs in several countries, including 173 jobs in the Netherlands. The company has suffered record losses in 2019 as a result of some failed projects. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has put extra pressure on the company's financial position. The job cuts in the Netherlands will occur at the locations in Gorinchem, Schiedam and Bergum and will mainly affect the mid-sized vessels division. The company intends to reduce job cuts as much as possible by placing employees at other companies within the Damen group. Consultation of employee representatives has already started.

Damen is an international shipyard group with 13,000 employees worldwide. 


  • 4 August 2020: Het Financieele Dagblad (fd.nl)


Eurofound (2020), Damen Shipyards, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 101489, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101489.