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Our history

Since 1879…

Upon navigation of the Nieuwe Waterweg, De Haas Maassluis is the first shipyard you encounter on the way into the Port of Rotterdam. It has been this way since 1879. The world has changed significantly since then, but the core values that form the foundation of our work remain the same: craftsmanship, client focus, and a passion for shipbuilding and repair.

In the beginning, De Haas Maassluis was focused on fishing vessels. Since then, we have diversified and, over the years, vessels of diverse types have been built, or repaired at the yard.

In 1979, a special book was published to celebrate the yard’s centenary. In it, Henk de Haas wrote: “As a young boy, I hung on every word of my father, grandfather, aunts, and even retired employees when they talked about Maassluis, its fishing industry, and, of course, the shipyard, which is inseparable from it.”

These words represent the rich history of De Haas Maassluis. It is a shipyard that has always had an eye on the future. This is evident, for example, in the remarkable hydrofoil boat PL30 Aquavion – a vessel well ahead of its time that was developed in the 1950s.

Historie De Haas