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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25 March 2024 Shipyard Royal Niestern Sander awarded steel works for methanol conversion ‘Fugro Pioneer’

Royal Niestern Sander was awarded the steel work scope in the methanol conversion of the ‘Fugro Pioneer’. In December 2023, the multi-purpose survey vessel arrived at the shipyard’s dock location in the port of Delfzijl. In the upcoming weeks, the first steps will be made in the world’s first methanol conversion project.

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02 February 2024 EasyMax journal: episode 18

In this edition of the EasyMax Journal, Captain Erik Rosner explains the various tests conducted during a trial voyage. Maritime Surveyor Hendrik Jan Postel from the classification Bureau Veritas records everything for certification, while Contract Manager Maurice Stokhof de Jong monitors whether everything functions in practice as planned and agreed upon.

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02 January 2024 EasyMax journal: episode 17

In this episode of the EasyMax Journal, Project Engineer Willem Zuur explains what is involved in the inclining tests. Ronald Idzenga (Coops and Nieborg) discusses the hatch tests. The crew is now on board and the mess room has been decorated for Christmas.

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