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125 YEARS OF SHIPBUILDING AT DAMEN GALATI

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Damen Shipyards Galati has opened an exhibition of historical memorabilia in the Lower Danube University in the Romanian city of Galati as part of the Galati yard’s 125 year anniversary celebrations.

The opening ceremony was attended by guests including Damen Shipyards Group Board President Jason Bronscheer and the mayor of Galati, Ionut Pucheanu. Containing various items such as photographs, postcards, maps, books and other special pieces, the exhibition reflects the maritime heritage of the yard since its founding in 1893.

Some items, such a photo of the Romanian Navy minelayer NMS Amiral Murgescu, demonstrate shared aspects of Romanian-Dutch history. This vessel, for example, was built at the yard in 1941 to a Dutch design. Other items include two paintings painted in the 1950s by the then painter of the yard, Armin Muller, and a heavy duty diving suit dating back to 1913.

Shipbuilding operations on the site that is now known as Damen Shipyards Galati started back in 1893 when metalworking specialist and business entrepreneur Gheorghe Fernic founded a metal foundry and later in 1897 a shipyard. The shipyard quickly became internationally recognized for the complexity of the ships it was building, and so began a long and continuing tradition of shipbuilding in Romania. It became part of the Damen Shipyards Group in 1999.

“2018 is a very special anniversary year – we celebrate 125 years since the founding of this yard,” said Rino Brugge, MD of Damen Shipyards Galati. “We are very proud of Romania’s maritime heritage and the role that this yard played in Romania history - including the long series of ships delivered to the Romanian Navy.”

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