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December 19, 2012

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Damen Shipyards has bought the French ship yard Arno

It is the only plant of repairs and naval conversions situated in the port of Dunkerque

The navalmeccanico group Dutch Damen Shipyards has bought the Arno Dunkerque ship yard, that it is the only plant of repairs and naval conversions situated in the French port of Dunkerque. The Dutch group has specified that the yard will continue its customary activity with the current staff and the current leadership.

"Arno - she has emphasized the managing director of Damen Shipyards, René Berkvens - will bring added value to the Damen since it is a modern ship yard with approximately 160 workers many experts. The presence of a meaningful industrial context, constituted by subcontractors specialized in the area - it has added - constitutes another reason of the acquisition. I would want to thank the harbour authorities and the others you leave interested for their cooperative approach: the process that has carried to the today's ceremony of the signature has been one of those in which the involved parts they have shown mutual understanding of the respective interests".

Satisfaction for the acquisition is manifested by the president of the Harbour Authority of Dunkerque: "we are very happy - Christine Cabau has said - of the attainment of an agreement with the Damen Shipyards group, a company that is equipped of a world-wide Network and a great experience in this field, that it will strengthen the role of the activities of naval repair in the port of Dunkerque and will give these an international cover".

We remember that, between the series of acquisitions put into effect recently from the Damen group, figure those of the Swedish yard Oskarshamnsvarvetin and the French yard Sobrena di Brest ( of 28 May and 2 April 2012). The Dutch company has evidenced that the acquisition of Arno Dunkerque is similar to that of the yard of Brest, that is renamed Damen Shiprepair Brest, as is framed in the strategy of the group to buy not only the yard, but to maintain to own place also entire staff of the plant.

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