Bid for sustainability at Damen
Damen Shipyards Group’s commitment to sustainability has led to the setting up of an online auction of left-over surplus materials. It’s the first of its kind, running from 21st November to 12th December 2018.
Stock manager Martijn van Tilborg explains, “Auctioning left-over shipbuilding materials might not be the most obvious step towards greater sustainability, but it actually plays a significant role – what we are doing, effectively, is recycling. As well as the important environmental benefits, this is a great opportunity for our clients to stock up on spare parts in a cost-effective manner.”
In the drive towards more ecological performance Damen takes great care to optimise usage of materials ordered for the shipbuilding process. This includes, for example, a more centralised control of purchasing and improved data storage of purchased materials.
“Additionally, Damen has already been increasing its focus on re-using surplus materials as part of its mission to achieve circularity of its products. As a result, we now guarantee the use, on average, of one million euro worth of surplus materials that might otherwise go unused. However, we are still left with some surplus every year. When we are trying to maximise efficiency at our yards and reduce wastage to an absolute minimum, we need to ensure that we create every possible opportunity to use purchased materials.”
Damen is selling a whole range of equipment, with a value of approximately two million euros in total, covering everything from a helideck to a welding plate and from a propeller shaft to a plug. For more information, to register and bid go to https://www.troostwijkauctions.com/uk/spare-parts/01-27832/
Martijn added, “We are confident that the auction will prove to be a great success and we aim to do more of this in the future. It’s a great way to optimise our recycling potential at the same time as improving the efficiency of our shipbuilding, purchase and supply performance.”
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