The Jungle Shipyard - Punta Morales, Costa Rica

Our iconic shipyard, AstilleroVerde, located on the gold coast of Costa Rica, is striving to become certified as the first carbon-negative shipyard in the world. After all the hard work our team spent on preparing the land and building the infrastructure, AstilleroVerde is now a fully equipped and operating shipyard, currently constructing Ceiba as it’s first project. This jungle shipyard has graced the pages of more than a dozen nautical publications in the short time it has been in operation.

Thanks to our investors we could build this beautiful green-shipyard and are now in the process of building Ceiba, the largest, traditional wooden ship build in the world. Support our project by investing in shares today!

Photo courtesy of  JP Monge , October 2018. SAILCARGO INC. Shipyard  Astillero Ceiba Del Mar.

Photo courtesy of JP Monge, October 2018. SAILCARGO INC. Shipyard Astillero Ceiba Del Mar.

The shipyard land of 1.4 hectares (equal to 3.5 acres) is relatively flat, gently sloping downwards toward the water, which is essential for build as well as water drainage and runoff during rainy season. Because the land has been previously inspected and 'zoned' for special-purpose building, we are actually able to build Ceiba right at the waters edge - usually we would have to build a minimum of 150 ft (ca. 46 m) away.

Arthur welding in the metal workshop, Picture by Jeremy Starn


Conveniently located just 15 minutes off of the Pan-American Highway, our Jungle Shipyard is near the end of Punta Morales. Unlike most small villages in Costa Rica, the shipyard enjoys a well-paved road right up to the highway. The shipyard is very easy to access from nearby city of Puntarenas as well as San Jose. Public bus transport goes right into Punta Morales.

Our shipyard has all basic amenities and requirements already on-site, with rustic structures often incorporating natural curves and living elements. It hosts a 45m shipbuilding hangar and the world's largest active traditional lofting floor. We enjoy a 220V power connection and have the technically possibility to install Three Phase power.


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.


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 principles in action, some are described in brief here:

  • Tree-planting 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 permaculture 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.


Located at the foot of the mountaintop Cloud Forest conservation area Monteverde, our green shipyard is the final property in the Bell Bird Biological Corridor. AstilleroVerde has been included in a university study on the Bell Bird Biological Corridor, yet to be released. A key space that connects the high-altitude top of the watershed to the coastal estuary where the rain waters run into the ocean again, this unprotected piece of land is in need of protection: already there has been interest in making it into an industrial shipyard, or commercial marina. Our team is dedicated to buy and protect the vulnerable, surrounding estuary and mangroves from destruction, while at the same time planting trees to re-establish the biological corridor.

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We are currently seeking parties interested in purchasing the shipyard land, which we currently lease.
Explore the AstilleroVerde website to learn more about the shipyard and this unique opportunity.