TB Shipyards specialize in building pushers, sea going vessels, fishing ships, low-profile coasters, day-passenger ships, and lightweight inland navigation vessels. From the initial concept, through to construction and from the design through to the final details: we work with highly skilled specialists with a keen eye for detail. Working together, we are ways on the lookout for innovation.

TB Shipyards is renowned for its advanced innovation. Which also means that we are constantly seeking perfection. Stability, speed, energy-reduction and sustainability are our key objectives: we are constantly searching for feasible solutions. A proper balance between the ship’s design and construction helps ensure the added value offered by TB Shipyards .


TB Shipyards and ships for coastal navigation
Coasters are small, sea-going commercial vessels that sail all over the world. Because of the limited certification, these vessels may not sail more than 35 kilometres out from the coast. One of the low-profile coasters built by De Kaap is the vessel called the Reest. This coaster is suitable for carrying bulk cargoes, palletized cargoes and rolls of steel.The cargo area of this so-called Kaapcoaster is also fitted with space ventilation and a CO² fire extinguishing system so that hazardous substances can also be carried.
In order to carry rolls of steel, the Kaapcoaster has a strengthened tank top in the cargo area. Moreover the bottom of the Kaapcoaster is strengthened for when the harbour empties of water. This is a regular occurrence in British harbours. The low profile of 7.6 metres above the bottom also makes it possible to navigate the most important West European waterways, including the Rhine and its tributaries and the Rhine-Herne canal.

Advantages of the Kaapcoaster
  • Lightweight
  • Maximum cargo capacity at water level
  • Sophisticated design


Water injection dredging is a hydrodynamic dredging technique. Instead of mechanically transporting soil from A to B, the technique relies on injecting large quantities of water into the seabed, creating a “fluidized soil layer” close to the bottom. This sediment is then transported either by gravity to deeper parts or by natural current further downstream. The advantage of a water injection dredger is that it is more maneuverable and therefore quicker than a trailing suction hopper dredger, and it is therefore often used in ports with a lot of traffic, such as the ferry terminals along the Channel, where the time between vessel moorings is minimal. As the water injection dredger operates as a stand-alone unit, it provides a cost-effective means to move soil over short distances. The ecological benefit is that the sediment remains close to its original environment and that the CO²-footprint per m3 of dredged sediment is less than with other dredging techniques.
This multi-purpose vessel can be adapted to a number of different tasks with very little time and effort. Her list of tasks includes the surveying of the bottom with a sweep bar, water injection in the bottom and ploughing. While water injection dredgers have been built before – or converted from other vessels, this vessel has some features which make her excel in terms of productivity and versatility. She is also the only water injection dredger which can work to depths up to 30 meters.

Advantages of the WID:
  • Easy to adapt to a number of different tasks;
  • Very little CO² footprint;
  • Cost effective.



TB Shipyards builds innovative passenger ships

One of the passenger ships built by TB Shipyards is the ‘Paris Etoile’. This day-passenger ship was designed to have excellent navigation characteristics. The ship is very stable and can maintain high speeds even against strong currents. This results in consuming 30% less fuel!

TB Shipyards takes a constructive approach to applying innovation. We provide added value thanks to finding the right balance between the design, construction, technology and the finish of each vessel. A good example of this is the new drive system that we have developed in collaboration with various knowledge centres, whereby ships can achieve high speeds even in shallow waters. We also built the green canal cruise boat for Rederij Lovers in Amsterdam. This environmentally friendlier boat runs on hydrogen and therefore emits only water and is virtually noiseless.

In 2016 TB Shipyards built a passenger ship with the possibility of sailing on hydrogen. The last year TB Shipyards built six tourist boats for the Chinese market. TB Shipyards always explores the opportunities and advantages per country and offers a suitable solution. TB Shipyards is a partner on worldwide level.

Advantages of innovative passenger ships
  • High speed capability in shallow waters with strong currents
  • Extremely economical
  • Environmentally friendlier


TB Shipyards is a name to be reckoned with for tugboat design. We are also active in the design and construction of tugboats. The pusher tugboat is the drive unit for one or more steel barges or lighters and is characterised by its enormous power. In this area we also take an inventive approach to applying our knowledge and expertise. The ultramodern hydraulic coupling system is just one of the many innovations coming from TB Shipyards. This type of technology ensures substantially higher levels of production, which in turn results in greater cost-savings. Our shipyard builds pusher tugboats of all types, which naturally all meet the current safety requirements.

Advantages associated with the tugboats built by TB Shipyards
  • Cost savings
  • Immensely powerful
  • Complete with all safety certification



TB Shipyards and longitudinal framing system for dry cargoes

Inland navigation vessels designed for dry cargoes and dry cargo ships are used for carrying large volumes (bulk) of materials such as gravel, coal and cereals and also raw materials for industry including sheet steel and timber.

Advantages of the the longitudinal framing system:
  • Lightweight
  • Maximum cargo capacity at water level
  • Sophisticated design


TB Shipyards and the longitudinal framing system for fluid cargoes Tankers are used with inland navigation for carrying chemicals and fluid substances. Specific safety regulations apply to this type of transportation. TB Shipyards uses only certified, West European rolled steel. Alloys made from this steel are stronger and a better quality. All the vessels we build have the required safety certification.

We are also customer-oriented with respect to the economics of shipping. We design and develop new technologies for making our ships sail more economically.

Advantages of the longitudinal framing system with optimised spacing
  • Lightweight
  • Maximum cargo capacity at water level
  • Sophisticated design
  • Dutch expertise