New life after 35 years
After 35 years, DECOM Amsterdam, with the help of Koole contractors, has revived the site by starting a shipping-related business at this unique location in Amsterdam.
The old shipyard was founded in 1878 on the north side of the IJ River, where the first dry dock was moored a year later. Because the yard in Amsterdam-North did not have sufficient expansion possibilities, ADM purchased a site in the western port area in 1960 where a second establishment was built. For this new establishment, the 'Werf Westhaven', a new dock, Dock 5, was built in-house in 1965. The old branch in Noord became the 'Werf Noord'.
Due to the economic downturn, ADM had to close the company in 1978 and was forced to merge with the Nederlandsche Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij NV (NDSM). The repair work of both companies was placed in a new Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij BV, the new construction in the Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Maatschappij BV (NSM). This combination was not long-lived either, and in 1985 ADM/NSM was declared bankrupt. (Source: https://www.geschiedenis-van-amsterdam-noord.nl)