Nils S. Hansen AS was set up as a sole proprietorship in 1968 based in Steinshamna on Harøy. The business concept was to operate a service workshop for the large local fishing fleet that was here at the time. He also set up a bunker station and sales of various petroleum products. This is still in operation.
As a result of working with the fishermen, Nils gradually developed a trawl door called the Steinshamn door. From the start of production in the 70s up to the fisheries crisis in 1988, this was our main product.
In 1983, Nils was asked to produce aluminium hulls for an MOB boat supplier. This eventually led to him developing his own boat, which received the type designation ‘Springer’. From 1994 to 2017, the Springer models were marketed by en external company. We now market the Springer models ourselves via the website www.springerboats.no.
In our mechanical workshop, we have certified welders for aluminium, structural steel, duplex steel and stainless steel. We are well equipped with CNC machines for cutting, plate bending machine and hydraulic press brake. In addition, we have a certified NDT inspector (level 2) as part of our quality assurance system.