The take-over in 2004 secured a healthy future for the shipyard. Since 1994, one of the most up-to-date yards in the Netherlands has been established here - a fact we are very proud of. With its favorable location, large shed and extensive facilities, the yard is ready for the future.

Bijlsma has always built new seagoing ships from the keel up. Now VEKA also builds inland navigation vessels, for which the hulls predominantly come from Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic and China.

The available shed space by Bijlsma Shipyard Lemmer is enormous. The maximum length of an vessel is 138 meters, so all types and dimensions can be built here. The great advantage of the 30-metre-high roof is that it is always possible to continue working, regardless of weather conditions. Furthermore, all activities on the underwater hull can also be performed here.

The finishing pier is also generously proportioned; two ships can lie side by side. Due to the growth of the company, a strip of land adjoining the shipyard was purchased in 2008, meaning that there is now space for another 6 inland navigation vessels in the finishing phase. Account has also been taken of the many subcontractors working on the shipyard, because almost all individual disciplines are contracted out, such as carpentry, insulation, electrical installation, plumbing, sanitary work and of course the main engine, the propulsion installation and generators. All subcontractors at the shipyard have their own space for their equipment and the necessary support.

The finishing of a see- or inland vessel takes on average four months. In this period, the Bijlsma organization manages all subcontractors Craftsmanship takes centre stage here.


  • Building hall length 144 meter, breadth 43 meter, height 30 meter
  • Building dock, length 138 meter, breadth 17,80 meter and depth 5 meter
  • Crane capacity 2 x 100 tonnes and additiona; lighter cranes
  • 3 halls suited for manufacture of outfitting parts and building block sections
  • Outfitting Pier 126 meters, accessible from both sides
  • Strip of land with space for several vessels
  • Workshops, offices, sanitary facilities for subcontractors

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About VEKA Shipyard Lemmer

VEKA Group is a distinctive Dutch shipbuilder that has become an international player in the maritime industry in its 25 years of existence. Today we operate in diversified nautical markets and deliver a wide range of specialized vessels. At our shipyards in the Netherlands and abroad we have experience in building high quality vessels. Always cost efficient, with passion and using in-house knowhow.

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