Curaҫao could soon offer additional ship repair options. Damen Shipyards Group is cooperating with Nederex BV to provide ship repair services in Curaҫao's St. Anna Bay area.
Those plans moved forward with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Curaҫao Ports Authority (CPA), Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and Nederex.
Last year Nederex signed a concession agreement for an area in St. Anna Bay managed by CPA.
"This cooperation is an important step in the right direction," said Humberto de Castro, CPA's CEO. "The MOU with Nederex and Damen will strengthen our port and is certainly a positive factor for the economy of Curaҫao."
"It is our intention to have our own floating dock for maintenance and repairs for Damen customers here in the region," says Damen Services Director Jaap de Lange. "We hope to be ready for our first customer at the end of this year or early 2016."
Albert Zwueste, the COO of CPA, says that a working group is in place to work out the technical aspects, including obtaining the necessary permiting.
"As the Curaҫao Ports Authority we are very pleased with the signing of this MOU," said Raul Manotas, the CCO of CPA. "This project will have a direct, positive impact on maritime traffic in our port, and that is exactly what we need for our port."