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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Recent news

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09 March 2023 Easymax journal: episode 7

The construction of our third EasyMax is well on schedule, according to Alwin Huisman (Project Coordinator at the Niestern Sander shipyard). HSE Coordinator Alex Groothuis keeps a close eye on safety and Purchaser Johan Beuving has started purchasing thousands of things.

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17 February 2023 Repair project mv Helge proceeds according plan

The repair of the mv Helge, which was collided in September last year, is progressing according to plan. The steel repairs are 80% complete. The steel repairs of the wheelhouse including the bridge wing, repair of the boat deck and the accommodation and the repair of the side tanks plus the bilge have been fully repaired and restored to their original (new-built) condition.

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05 February 2023 Easymax journal 6: this is how we build ships

In this edition of the EasyMax news, production manager Mark Brugmans explains the outline of a ship's production process and what role suppliers play in this. Bert Adema (PPG) and Bob Meendering (Eekels TBI) then demonstrate this in practice.

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