Our vision is to to purchase this land with the express aim of maintaining the shipyard. AstilleroVerde would continue to construct wooden boats and offer educational training programs. An accredited workplace educational facility, this working ship yard runs educational programs in traditional boat building. By employing and training apprentices from the neighbourhood, AstilleroVerde provides income and essential skills in this area of low employment in Costa Rica.
Our experienced team has worked tirelessly towards the construction of Ceiba, the first ship to be built at the AstilleroVerde, establishing credibility by proving our capability of managing projects of this scale and caliber. The AstilleroVerde shipyard has graced the pages of more than a dozen nautical printed magazines from nearly as many countries, and has the captivated attention of global nautical community. A reliable team which has delivered on goals and milestones, we look forward to building upon these hard-earned achievements for years to come.
Accredited educational facility
Diversity enhances our community and knowledge base, and offering educational opportunities is a cornerstone of AstilleroVerde’s long-term vision.
Since 2018 AstilleroVerde has hosted official interns as an accredited educational workplace facility, recognized by the government of the Netherlands. To date eight students from three institutions have completed their internship at the jungle shipyard. Shipbuilding students have come from HMC boat building & wood working college of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and academic students have come from the Maine Maritime Academy and from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both in New England, USA.
Later this year we look forward to welcoming wooden boat building students from La Canoa Foundation, Colombia, and from the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), from New England.
Additionally, plans to accept interns from boat building academies in Denmark, England and France are already in discussion.
workshops & classes
AstilleroVerde hosts workshops and classes for the local and international community. In October 2018 Master boat builder Bert van Baar taught a three-day workshop on lofting, which was attended by eleven students hailing from eight different countries. This workshop was free, and was designed to prepare crew for lofting Ceiba.
This March Bert will join us again here at the shipyard to teach a workshop on small wooden boat construction. The course will be held over the four weekends in March. The students will complete the construction of a 6m wooden open boat, made of locally-sourced Cypress (Latin: Cupressus Lusitanica).
Bert is a senior educator at HMC, the wood working & boat building college of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
AstilleroVerde is the platform that world-class projects need. To date, this young shipyard has been featured in countless online publications, and in a dozen hard-copy, printed magazines. The premier project, the construction of the 45m wooden ship Ceiba, has already been awarded a green-initiative award in a competiton held within all of Latin America - resulting in Ceiba and the shipyard being presented twice at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany (COP23).
As well, this shipyard and directly associated projects have been presented at large conferences in San Jose, Costa Rica as well as at conferences and events in England, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States, and invitation to Tasmania.
In April 2019 this shipyard will be represented in a keynote presentation at the first ever Green Shipping Forum, held by the Chamber of Shipping of Panama along with the Panama Canal Authority.
The team associated with AstilleroVerde are the same that are leading the construction of the premier build of the 45m-long Ceiba. Hailing from over twenty nations, the directors of the team are from Costa Rica and Canada, and have a history of leading successful projects.
AstilleroVerde aims to be an example to the world, a model shipyard that will inspire organic construction and regenerate systems. There are many examples of these principals in action, some are described in brief here:
Treeplanting is a primary goal of the shipyard, and an active tree-nursery ensures that operations remain carbon neutral.
Costa Rica offers 99% renewable energy, so when using power from the grid operations remain inherently nearly carbon-neutral.
All secondary water (gray) is captured in a rock pond, where the roots of plants filter and clean the water, which is used to water the perma-culture gardens.
Dry toilets are used in combination with organic sawdust to reduce water waste and create rich compost.
Passive solar power is used to heat water, and all cooking is powered by wood offcuts on an iron stove.
Cuttings of large branches are used as the foundation of living structures, meaning that some of our buildings are truly alive. As well, branches and curved logs are actively used in shipyard structures, which would have otherwise been discarded.
AstilleroVerde is able to partner with farms as well as educational and reforestation organizations in order to achieve these goals of sustainability. Community outreach events are held several times throughout the year, such as beach clean-ups and more.