Royal Bodewes is founded
The shipyard produces wooden barges and coastal vessels in Martenshoek, the Netherlands..
Introduction of the diesel engine
This leads to the construction of motorised barges and coastal vessels.
Sailing vessels and steamships are build.
First fully powered ships
The first fully powered (without sails) coastal vessels are build.
Second World War
The Netherlands become involved in the Second World War. German occupiers take over the shipyard.
HRH Prince Bernhard visits Bodewes
HRH Prince Bernhard, husband of Queen Juliana, visits the shipyard.
New construction hall
A new construction hall is built. The business operates its own shipping company with an average fleet of five vessels.
Multi-purpose ro-ro vessels
A contract is signed to build two multi-purpose ro-ro vessels, the very first of its kind.
The Bodewes yard is fully family owned again.
Nescos Shipping B.V. is founded
Bodewes and UAL arrive at a partnership for building and operating Eco Trader 8700 vessels. Nescos Shipping B.V. is founded for this purpose.
A royal designation is received by Bodewes at the celebration of its 200th jubilee. Bodewes Shipyards changes its name to Royal Bodewes.
New production hall
A new production hall is built. This is another huge step forward for the yards’ efficiency and capacity.
World’s first newly built hybrid
Royal Bodewes builds the world’s first newly built hybrid self-discharger MV Aasfjell.
Unique Polynesian order for Bodewes
The Polynesian Navigation Company concludes an agreement with Royal Bodewes for the construction of a new ro-ro cargo vessel.
Ironclad and steel clad vessels
The company introduces ironclad and, later, steel clad vessels.
Expansion in Hasselt, the Netherlands
The company is expanded by the purchase of a shipyard in Hasselt, the Netherlands by new director Hendrik Bodewes.
Wall Street Crash, shipyards separated
Due to the Wall Street Crash, the two shipyards are separated. The former main location goes bankrupt, but makes a recovery.
Launch with tragic consequences
During the launch of the Rian, the vessel capsizes and an employee tragically loses his life.
Four sons take over
Senior Director Herman Bodewes dies. His four sons take over the business.
Management transferred to non-family members
The shipyard management no longer has family members to serve as successors. Management is transferred to non-family members.
Family back at helm
Management changes hands to Jan Smit and Harmannus Wilhelmus Bodewes: the family is back at the helm of the company. Herman Bodewes becomes Director of Bodewes and takes over management of the yard.
To meet demand, hull builders in Ukraine, China, India and Poland and construction companies in Romania are subcontracted.
Improving the yard’s infrastructure
The canal is widened and the construction hall is extended. An identical hall is built next to it.
Building of an innovative LNG Flexitanker
Once again, Royal Bodewes proves to be innovative. In its portfolio by then, are: LNG Flexitanker ‘Coralius’, eco-coasters and cement tankers.
Extension of the quay
The quay is extended, enabling the yard to build ships up to 120 m in length or two smaller vessels simultaneously.
First Asian order
Shipowner U-Ming orders a cement carrier with a length of 115 meters. It’s the first Asian order ever for Bodewes.
Building up to six vessels
Royal Bodewes is able to build up to six vessels a year as a result of innovations of the past years.