It is through our heritage that we can offer today’s innovative solutions. Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV), formerly known as Scheldepoort, has a cast-iron reputation in maintenance, repair and conversion of all types of seagoing vessels and offshore installations.
Royal Schelde Group’s story begins in 1875 when Arie Smit took over the site from Marine Establishment Vlissingen; a shipyard for the construction, repairing and equipping of naval vessels. Scheldepoort started as a Royal Schelde Group spin-off in 1960, with the construction of two drydocks. Several floating docks were added in the years that followed, with the core business of maintaining, repairing and converting seagoing vessels based in the port of Flushing.
In 1964 the Antonia, our very first newbuild vessel, was undocked.
Strategically located in the Sloe area
In 1961 the Schelde moved from Vlissingen to the Sloe area and began what is now known Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen. The Royal Company Schelde was the first company to start out in the Sloe area, and it has since become a major industrial area. The site is strategically located close to the major North Sea shipping routes and at the centre of the ARA ports region.
From naval vessels to airplanes
Construction work lasted from 1961 until 1964. Royal Company Schelde was involved in building the drydocks, the delivery of materials and the construction of dock doors, pipelines in dock galleries and shore tunnels, and regular and emergency stairs.
From the start, the Royal Schelde Group was known for building naval vessels. Due to the economic crisis in the thirties, they were forced to focus on other markets as well. A division to build airplanes (including the S12 sports plane) was created in Dordrecht and Flushing. In 1954 it was taken over by Fokker and the airplane building operation in Flushing was closed down.
Throughout the following years the Royal Company Schelde expanded its focus from the naval vessel market to the civilian ship market. To this day, the building of large naval and patrol vessels is the most important activity of the yard.