Ship building

We build ships for merchant shipping, inland shipping and offshore.

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  • 100+ years of experience
  • Strategic location near the North Sea
  • Full service shipyard

Key figures

850+ new build ships
160 skilled employees
6 construction halls
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Ship building is in our genes. Royal Niestern Sander, therefore, is a leading shipbuilder in the field of merchant shipping and inland shipping. We design and build a variety of ships. Because of our passion for shipbuilding, the yard is a true trendsetter in the field of innovation in shipbuilding and as a designer and builder of a variety of advanced and special purpose vessels, including chemical tankers, research vessels, offshore vessels, tugs, ice breaking support multipurpose vessels.

  • In-house design & engineering
  • 100% own production
  • Dimensions up to 160 x 23 meters
  • Various ship types
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Royal Niestern Sander is a versatile and modern yard. Therefore we have the following ship building facilities:

  • An inner dike location, including several large production halls for the construction of ship up to 150 meters in length and 16 meters in width.
  • An outer dike dock location suitable for the construction and assembly of ships with a maximum length of 160 meters and a width of 23 meters

Design, support and engineering can be offered in-house. Niestern Sander is also a member of Conoship International BV, a cooperative marketing, design and advice center for the northern Dutch shipyards.

Track record ship building

Conversion supply vessel 'KASTEELBORG' into walk to work vessel

The Blue Queen arrived in Delfzijl from Norway in late 2017. This standard PX121 Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) then spent the next 12 weeks being whipped into shape by Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander, working on behalf of Wagenborg Offshore. Converted into a dedicated Walk-to-Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel, the PSV – renamed the Kasteelborg – was delivered on schedule in March 2018. It was a challenging conversion project in which time and planning played a major role.

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Fully electric utility vessel 'PW18'

Shipyard Royal Niestern Sander – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Wagenborg Group – has delivered the first Dutch fully electric utility vessel to the Province of Groningen. The new green vessel, the PW 18, was christened in March 2019 by Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk, Executive Councillor for the Province of Groningen. After the christening ceremony, we spoke to the shipyard’s Managing Director Jan Doorduin and Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk about this sustainable ship.

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Naval research vessel 'DUPUY DE LÔME'

In early 2002, a project was submitted that was both ambitious and bold. It was a research vessel for the French shipping company Campagnie National de Navigations, which acted on behalf of the French navy. This construction makes it possible to build a naval vessel on a foreign shipyard under a merchant flag.

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