Astilleros de Santander, S.A.U. (“ASTANDER”) was founded in 1872 as a forge by Mr. Bernardo Lavín. In 1913 the company made its first repair afloat of a vessel and in 1922 dry dock No 1 (109m x 15.8m) was inaugurated.

In 1930 the first ship was built at the shipyard. In 1950 the dry dock was extended to 123 m. and a further enlargement to present dimensions (160m x 23,8m)took place in 1981.

As far as ship conversions is concerned, the first one was carried out in 1952 by lengthening the overall length and renewing the whole bottom of the vessel MONTEFARO.

In 1957 a 1,200 t slipway was built. In 1969 a second and larger dry dock (230m x 32,8m) completed the yard’s docking facilities. All these infrastructures together with fully equipped workshops enabled Astander to undertake the most varied building, conversion and ship repair projects.

In 1965, the Spanish Administration through the Ministry of Industry acquired all the stock shares of the company, and the shipyard became part of the Astilleros Españoles S.A. Group until end of 1999 when the private investor ITALMAR group purchased the 100% of the shipyard’s shares, situation in which the firm remains today.

More than 140 years of experience in building, conversion and ship repairs have made Astander a shipyard with a high level of international recognition.

Currently, Astilleros de Santander S.A.U. (ASTANDER), together with the shipyard of the same group, Astilleros de Canarias S.A. (ASTICAN) are strategically located in the Bay of Biscay and West African Coast respectively providing all the technical and human capacity needed to carry out all kinds of conversion and ship repair projects under the most demanding quality standards in the sector.

Mission - Vision - Values


To provide customers with useful products and services which meet the agreed commitments, satisfying the established requirements of quality, environment, health and safety at work.


Being a reference as a shipyard dedicated to design, repair, conversion and building of ships with the objective of increasing competitiveness, market presence, sales volume, profit and our social purpose as a company.


  • Service vocation and customer orientation.
  • Ethical conduct, integrity and professionalism.
  • Employment and social responsibility.
  • Technological leadership.
  • Commitment to results.
  • Fidelity with all interested parties.

Astander promotes the highest standards in HEALTH, SAFETY, ENVIRONMENT, QUALITY and RD&i policies.



Located at the southern end of the Port of Santander (Northern coast of Spain), Astander is a modern shipyard with 130 years of expertise in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry. Over this time, it has accomplished an important international recognition thanks to the firm commitment reached to its clients. This huge responsibility involves flexibility, transparency, fair pricing and reliable delivery times.

Astander has the capability, the facilities and a highly specialised profesional team in order to meet the most demanding standards in each project, regardless of the different needs or particular requirements that every case requires.

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Ship Repairs



Our Safety, Quality and Technical standards keep us among the leading ship repair yards in the world.


“A yard always in continuous development”

Highly skilled and reliable for all kind of ship repairs and
conversion projects

Always in search of excellence
Until 2018
Recent Conversions

Workforce of over 850 people
200 t Crane capacity
Dry docks

recent conversions
dry docks
scrubbers until 2018
200 t crane capacity


With Certified Management System Standards

Astander promotes the highest standards in HEALTH, SAFETY, ENVIRONMENT, QUALITY and RD&i policies