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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012

Profile and services

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) is a leading dredging & marine expert creating new horizons for all its stakeholders.

In addition to our traditional dredging activities we offer a broad range of maritime services for the offshore energy sector. In addition, we provide towage services as well as emergency response and salvage related services.

As a partner we are able to realize complex infrastructural works for our clients within the chain of design, project management and execution, on time and within budget, even at vulnerable or remote locations around the world. We strive for sustainable design and realization of our solutions.

Demand for our services is driven by growing energy consumption, growth in global trade, growth in world population and climate change. Boskalis operates worldwide but concentrates on seven geographic regions which have the highest growth expectations for the energy and ports markets. This spread gives us both a solid foundation and the flexibility to be able to secure a wide range of projects, as well as providing good prospects for balanced and sustained growth. Our main clients are oil, gas and power companies, port operators, governments, shipping companies, international project developers, insurance companies and mining companies.

Boskalis has around 8,500 employees, excluding our share in associated companies. The safety of our own employees and those of our subcontractors is paramount. Boskalis operates a progressive global safety program which is held in high regard in.the industry and by our clients. We operate on behalf of our clients in over 75 countries across six continents. Our versatile fleet consists of 1,000 vessels and equipment. Our head ofice is based in the Dutch city of Papendrecht. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. shares have been listed on Euronext Amsterdam since 1971 and included in the AEX index.

Boskalis is renowned for its innovative approach and specialist knowledge of environmentally friendly techniques. With our great expertise, multidisciplinary approach and extensive experience in engineering and project management we have proven time and again that we are able to realize complex projects on time and within budget, even at difficult locations.

Dredging & Inland Infra

Traditionally, dredging is the core activity of Boskalis. It involves all activities required to remove silt, sand and other layers from the water bed and in some cases using it elsewhere, for example for coastal protection or land reclamation. The services we provide also include the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, and coastal defense and riverbank protection, as well as associated specialist services such as underwater rock fragmentation. In addition, Boskalis is active in the extraction of raw materials using dredging techniques. Our global spread, high professional standards, versatile state-of-the-art fleet and conscious focus on cost efficiency have earned us a recognized position as a global market leader in dredging.

In the Netherlands, Boskalis also operates as a contractor of dry infrastructure projects. This involves the design, preparation (by means of dry earthmoving) and execution of large-scale civil infra works, such as the construction of roads and railroads, bridges, dams, viaducts and tunnels. In doing so, we also perform specialist works such as soil improvement and land remediation.

Offshore Energy

With the offshore services of Boskalis and our subsidiaries Dockwise and Fairmount we support the activities of the international energy sector, including oil and gas companies and providers of renewable energy such as wind power. We are involved in the development, construction, maintenance and decommissioning of oil and LNG-

import/export facilities, offshore platforms, pipelines and cables and offshore wind farms. In performing these activities Boskalis applies its expertise in the areas of heavy transport, lift and installation work, as well as diving and ROV services complemented with dredging, offshore pipeline, cable and rock installation. With VBMS (50% owned by Boskalis) we are a leading player in the European market for offshore cable installation.


In ports around the world assistance is provided to incoming and outgoing oceangoing vessels through Boskalis’ joint ventures and associated companies Keppel SMIT Towage, SAAM SMIT Towage and the forthcoming joint venture with Kotug. In addition we offer a full range of services for the operation and management of onshore and offshore terminals through Smit Lamnalco, which is 50% owned by Boskalis. These include assistance with the berthing and unberthing of tankers at oil and LNG terminals and additional support services such as pilotage, subsea inspection and maintenance, firefighting, and the coupling and uncoupling of terminal connections. With our versatile fleet of over 450 vessels we assist vessels in over 90 ports in 35 countries, including oil and chemical tankers, container ships, reefers, RoRo ships and mixed cargo ships.


Through SMIT Salvage we provide services relating to the salvage of ships and wreck removal. SMIT Salvage provides assistance to vessels in distress and is able to spring into action at any time and anywhere in the world. We are able to do so by operating out of four locations which are strategically situated in relation to the main international shipping routes: Houston, Cape Town, Rotterdam and Singapore. Clearance of wrecks of sunken ships and offshore platforms almost always takes place at locations where the wreck forms an obstruction to traf.c or presents an environmental hazard. We have the advanced technology and expertise needed to remove hazardous substances such as bunker fuel from wrecks and boast a successful track record in salvaging ships and platforms under challenging circumstances.

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