Dutch shipbuilder Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding is looking to establish within the Philippines a similar industrial footprint to the profiles it has developed in neighbouring Indonesia and Vietnam, Roland Briene, Damen’s Asia-Pacific area director, told Jane’s on 27 September.
The strategy is centred on collaborating with local shipyards, and Briene said Damen is currently talking to two or three shipbuilding companies in the Philippines with a view to forming a partnership that would pursue naval and commercial ship construction opportunities in the country.
In the naval domain, Damen is currently focused on bidding for the Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) requirement to procure offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
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