Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Rotterdam, Vlissingen
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.1 - Building of ships and boats

115 - 150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 February 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 June 2017


The Dutch shipbuilding and repair company Damen Shipyards has announced that it will cut 150 jobs by the summer of 2017 at two of its maintenance and repair facilities in Rotterdam (west Netherlands) and one in Vlissingen (south-west Netherlands). The job cuts are deemed necessary because of the crisis in the maritime sector following the low oil prices, which has earlier led to job cuts at shipbuilding companies such as Royal IHCKeppel Verolme, and HFG. The job cuts at Damen will affect permanent employees in all layers of the organisation. The company will negotiate a redundancy package with the unions for employees losing their jobs. The family-owned Damen Shipyards Group has 33 shipyards worldwide and employs some 9,000 employees, of whom 3,000 are in the Netherlands.

Updated, 13/06/2017: After months of negotiations between Damen and the unions, the number of job losses has been reduced to 115, as fewer jobs will be lost in Rotterdam. In the end, 30 jobs will be cut in Vlissingen and 85 in Rotterdam. Damen and the unions have reached agreement on a redundancy plan and the affected workers will have access to the mobility centre that Damen is setting up to support workers in finding new jobs. The union representative of one of the smaller unions, RMU, has expressed satisfaction with the redundancy plan.


  • 22 February 2017: nrc.nl
  • 23 February 2017: destadgorinchem.nl
  • 22 February 2017: omroepzeeland.nl
  • 13 June 2017: fd.nl


Eurofound (2017), Damen Shipyards, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 90328, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90328.