Over 100 years old, but still
modern & innovative

In the last century Royal Niestern Sander expanded dramatically when the once local company turned into a modern and diverse shipyard with customers all over the world. At Niestern Sander we take care of vessels - from shipbuilding to repair and from design to maintenance. We handle a broad range of vessel types from bulk carriers to offshore support vessels and from general cargo vessels to icebreaking support vessels.

Launch of multipurpose dry cargo vessel 'Eemsborg'
Launch of multipurpose dry cargo vessel 'Eemsborg'

Royal Niestern Sander is characterised by its solutionminded and service- focused way of working. The company is distinguished by quality, flexibility and the care of its customers. These properties play an important role in the offshore industry in which they have proved to be successful. Over the past few years many customers visited the yard for repair and modification works on their offshore supply and support vessels. The focus of Niestern Sander lies in innovative designs for specific situations. Last year, the yard designed and built two multipurpose icebreakers for the oil and gas industry in the arctic regions.

Innovative design

The design of the Walk to Work vessel started with a simple question: “How can a vessel support offshore activities more safely, efficiently, effectively and  in a more productive manner on the small gas fields in the North Sea?”

Efficiency by engineering

Before starting construction many preparations were made. The whole vessel was drawn and designed in 3D by Niestern Sander but all parties were involved. In this way the vessel has effectively being built once; repeating in real life will make the actual building process a lot more efficient. “We know exactly if all the parts will fit and if we can reach all the locations during the building process,” says Production Manager Jules Blokhuis.

The vessel will consist of seven different sections, which all have to be produced by June. A month later all sections have to be assembled and then in another two months the vessel has to be ready for the launch. “The design of the vessel is unique and therefore complex. Thus we really need all the time,” continues Jules. “But we are very proud to build this vessel.”


Trial of icebreaking multipurpose support vessel 'Sanaborg'
Trial of icebreaking multipurpose support vessel 'Sanaborg'