Damen shipyard donates rice in fight against Covid-19


Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Hai Phong, Vietnam has donated 3,000kg of rice to 300 local families to help in the coronavirus pandemic.

The donation came in response to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s call for the public, organisations and businesses to help in the fight against Covid-19.

Recognising that the impacts of the Covid-19 epidemic fall most heavily on the poor, the weak and free labourers especially under the current social distancing order by the Government, Damen Song Cam Shipyard is donating  directly to them.

Chairman of Thien Huong People’s Committee Nguyen Van Thiep, speaking at the small acceptance event on Monday,  said: “The rice distribution today, together with the CSR programme that Damen Song Cam has been implementing throughout the years, emphasises again how the company cares about the communities and people in an as sustainable and direct manner as possible. The leaders and citizens of Thien Huong commune really treasure this donation.

“One of the most common proverbs in Vietnamese (which is literally translated into English) is: One piece of food while hungry equals a big box of food when full.”

Damen Song Cam Managing Director, Joris van Tienen said: “Leaving the community hall, the picture of an 85-year-old grandmother sitting and watching the rice bag (while waiting for her granddaughter to come with her bike), waving at us with a thankful smile remained in our mind. We are pleased that we have had this opportunity to help support the government’s efforts to help the people in our communities.”

Damen Song Cam Shipyard has taken robust measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. All employees who can work remotely have been doing so. All others have been taking numerous precautionary measures, including temperature checks before entering. Production work has been spread over two shifts and lunch breaks have been staggered to minimise contact between personnel. In this way, Damen Song Cam has managed, safely, to remain on schedule with the production of vessels ordered before the outbreak. In week 18, the lockdown restrictions in Vietnam will be relaxed and the yard will return to normal production.