The Northeastern region of the Netherlands is home to many shipbuilders. This is not only because of its history as a seafaring area because of its many Hanseatic cities, including Kampen. The location of the former Zuiderzee was also the sourse of much commercial and fishing activity.
Today, in the region around Kampen, state-of- the-art vessels, coasters, barges, luxury motor- and sailing yachts and fishing trawlers are built. Through the mutual exchange of skilled and motivated craftsmen, a strong shipbuilding cluster has emerged.
Currently, the large vessels that are built are transported offshore by pontoon. But by widening and deepening of the Kornwerderzand-lock in the Afsluitdijk, ships can be lifted into the water at the shipyard and easily retrieved for maintenance and refits.