Impact in the chain
We use Porter’s value chain to indicate which part of the chain we have control over and where we have material impact. In our primary processes we distinguish three stages, each of which has a different impact on people, the environment and society in general.
By getting involved at an early stage in a project or contract, we can work with clients to make the most sustainable design possible and to select working methods that are the best fit with the technical requirements and relevant environmental standards. We contribute our (eco-)engineering expertise to our Dredging and.Offshore Energy activities to ensure optimal integration in the.natural environment, while taking the interests of all stakeholders into account.
It is during this phase that we have most impact on people, environment and society. We make it possible for our stakeholders to extend their horizons and to create economic value by building and maintaining ports and fairways, offshore services and towage services. With our land reclamation activities, we create space for new residential, commercial and recreational developments. Our coastal and riverbank defense activities provide protection against floods. Our wreck removal, salvage and rescue work contribute to the safety of people and a cleaner environment.
In addition, our work has a relatively high safety risk profile and operations impact local communities. Our equipment produces emissions and some of our working areas include ecologically vulnerable areas. Our approach to managing and mitigating these risks is described further in ‘risks and opportunities in the chain’ in this chapter.
The equipment we deploy on our projects sometimes has to be mobilized over long distances, for example from Europe to South America, and then demobilized again after completion of the project. Our logistical operation is aimed at doing this as safely and efficiently as possible. This allows us to reduce fuel consumption and the associated burden on the environment, and also to save costs. The worldwide operations of Boskalis mean we transit high-risk areas like the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The Dockwise vessels in particular are vulnerable to piracy due to their semi-submersible design and accompanying features. They provide relatively easy access to pirates. In order to protect the Dockwise crew, cargo and vessels when transiting high-risk areas, the Dockwise management decided in 2011 to include armed protection as an additional anti-piracy protection measure. The precautions include armament and the deployment of highly trained Vessel Protection Detachments (VPDs) on board the vessels. In 2014 Dockwise had 23 voyages through high-risk areas assisted by VPDs (armed marines of the Royal Dutch Navy).
The impact of our secondary processes on the chain is described in the following sections.
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