On Friday the 9th of December, 25 excited TTLA members entered the metro to Schiedam to visit Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam. Damen is one of the largest shipbuilding and ship repairing companies in the world and they have a big repair and conversion site in Schiedam.
We were all cleared through the security and went into the office where Damen welcomed us with coffee, tea and lovely cupcakes! Consequentially we were, if possible, even more excited to hear the presentations Damen prepared for us! First the manager of the site told us about Damen, its history and the specific site in Schiedam. After him the head of the insurance and risk management explained to us about all the daily struggles and what-if-scenarios you have to take into account when managing insurances and risk calculations for such a highly specialized and huge company as Damen. Finally we got a presentation from Damen Shiprepair’s own inhouse legal counsel that told us a lot about the exciting legal challenges he faced everyday and about the advantages to work in the business itself instead of doing traditional legal work as a practicing lawyer.
After the presentations we all got the coolest blue helmets and safety goggles and went out on the repair site! We got to know about everything from how you protect by-walkers from paint fumes to how you debug a house as a counter-measure against industrial espionage. We also got the opportunity to see the Schiedam site’s biggest project right now, the conversion of a Norwegian off-shore refinery ship to fit the Brazilian conditions.
Understandably we were all satisfied with the trip and want to extend our greatest gratitude to Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam for hosting us!