Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij

The Dutch shipyard Rotterdamsche Dry Dock Maatschappij (RDM) existed from 1902 until 1996. Rotterdam The Company operated a shipbuilding and mechanical engineering with a focus on ship repair. ' Droogdog ' is the Dutch word for dry dock; NV see Naamloze Vennootschap ( name of a stock corporation (Aktiengesellschaft ) incorporated under Dutch law ); ' Maatschappij ' is the nl. Term for ' company ', ' company '.


The roots of the RDM back to the 1856 from the Scottish shipbuilders Duncan Christie in Rotterdam Delfshaven (now a museum harbor ), founded shipyard Maatschappij " De Maas ". At the beginning of the 20th century had the place on Delfshaven be vacated and on 23 January 1902, the Rotterdamsche Dry Dock Maatschappij was founded in Heijplaat on the south bank of the River Meuse.

Initially the company focused on ship repairs; In 1905 one of the first new job. On January 14, 1925 under took over the Scheepsbouw Maatschappij New Waterway founded on opposite North Shore in Schiedam 1914; you led them further as an independent company. This arrangement with two operating seats kept the RDM in until the closure of the operation on the New Waterway in 1978. 1938 acquired the RDM together with the neighboring yard Wilton Fijenoord the competitors Machinefabriek en Scheepswerf van P. Smit Jr. from Rotterdam businessman DG van Beuningen. Also, this yard was continued as an independent company.

On 4 March 1966, the RDM shipyard merged with Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (KMS ) and the Motorenfabriek Thomassen for Rijn - Schelde en Machinefabrieken Scheepswerven ( RSMS ). Under pressure from the government, which had run into financial difficulties Verolme Verenigde Scheepswerven ( VVSW ) joined the group from Rotterdam on January 1, 1971 which subsequently was renamed as Scheepswerven en Rijn - Schelde - Verolme Machinefabrieken (RSV ).

In the 1970s and 1980s, the company built 21 reactor pressure vessel. In August 2012, it became known that cracks in the reactor pressure vessel of a reactor nuclear power plant in Doel (Belgium, near Antwerp ) had been discovered. An article in the French daily newspaper Le Monde, August 8, 2012 made ​​this known.

Other manufactured container include at Ringhals 2 (Sweden ), nuclear power plant Borssele (Netherlands ) and nuclear power plant body city and nuclear power plant Muhlenberg (both Switzerland ).

On April 6, 1983, the RSV, and with it went the RDM in bankruptcy. After another start-ups and bankruptcies successor companies, the Shipyard was eventually taken over by the Gemeente Rotterdam. Since February 2009, the RDM campus of the Hogeschool Rotterdam is located on the premises.

Known ships of the shipyard ( selection)