About us

Key figures

190 skilled employees

117 years of experience

300.000 annual production hours

850+ new build ships

Who we are

Royal Niestern Sander is a 100% Dutch shipyard. We are a versatile, strong and modern yard. We also have our own workshop. With over 100 years of knowledge and experience, Royal Niestern Sander can count itself among the best shipyards in the Northern Netherlands. We design, build, maintain and repair ships. Also, we are specialized in often complex customer-oriented ship conversions. The yard is located in the north of the Netherlands and has a direct connection to the North Sea and has three locations in the Northern of the Netherlands: Farmsum, Delfzijl and Eemshaven.

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Our mission

It is our mission to offer the best total and tailor-made solutions in the field of ship building,  ship repair and ship conversion.


Royal Niestern Sander was established in 1901 due to a great demand for shipbuilding activities in the Northern Netherlands and the passion of the founders for shipbuilding. Over the years the yard developed more and more specialisms and additional services and grew into the yard that it is now.


It is our top priority to be able to help customers as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will do everything we can to satisfy our customers. ‘Unburdening’ customers is what we prefer to do and the drive for everyone is working at Niestern Sander. “Your ship is in good hands with us!”

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Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

Health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) are all of the highest priority within the shipbuilding industry and within Royal Niestern Sander. They are decisive for the success and quality of our people and activities.

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ISPS shipyard

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08 September 2023 EasyMax journal: episode 13

In this episode, the main engine is installed. Wagenborg Superintendent Udo Borger explains how this was done, and Nedlift Engineer Daan Rieks explains why this method was chosen. Chris van den Dool from mobile machining company De Wiel Services installed the propeller shaft and discusses all the aspects involved in the process.

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01 August 2023 EasyMax journal: episode 12

In this episode: Images of the main engine during the Factory Acceptance Test at Wärtsilä's Smart Technology Hub in Finland. The deck hatches arrive in Farmsum by pontoon. Towage captain Jan Gerbers explains what this involves. And crane operator Guido Egbertsen talks about the importance of teamwork when installing the deckhouse.

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10 July 2023 EasyMax journal: episode 11

In this episode, supervisor Dolf Bos tells everything about the commissioning, Eekels project manager Bob Meendering highlights the bridge desk progress and Koert Smit tells about his role as IT engineer.

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