Newcomer Werft Shipbuilding has entered the shipbuilding market with a focus on localism centred around its base in Urk in the Netherlands.
Despite the company’s relative newness, Werft brings decades of experience in ship construction to the sector.
Managing director Pieter Pruiksma said that Urk has historically been one of the main centres of Dutch shipbuilding and fishery.
“We want to harness the strength and expertise of local partners and let our clients benefit from local construction,” he said.
From design through to construction and delivery, Werft will assume all roles and tasks, providing bespoke vessels tailored to each client’s needs.
“From hull construction to final finishing, from carpenters to electricians, Werft can handle all development facets in-house,” he said. “This is a unique concept in shipbuilding,” he added.
The company is keen to stay local, choosing construction partners who are part of the Urk Maritime cooperation collective, such as VCU-TCD, Piet Brouwer Elektrotechniek, De Flux and De Boer Marine. Other well-known names such as Padmos, C-iob and Marin are also part of the collective. This local approach combined with a flat organisational structure and quick service means the company feels it can provide customers with the ‘best cost-quality ratio’.
Werft has signed its first engineering contract and a number of construction projects have begun.
“We have also seen a lot of national and international interest,” said Mr Pruiksma.