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Construction
and maintenance
of ports

Boskalis has extensive experience constructing and maintaining ports and waterways worldwide. Our activities include dredging port access channels, inner channels, turning basins and mooring berths and constructing breakwaters utilizing our versatile fleet of trailing suction hopper dredgers, cutter suction dredgers and backhoes. Where additional land is needed for port development, we reclaim harbor islands and land for yards and terminals. In addition, we construct quay walls and offer soil improvement by compacting and vertical/horizontal drainage.

Bringing your project to a safe haven

Constructing ports involves a lot more than just hydraulic engineering. We also conduct detailed technical and financial feasibility studies for each project, and can assess and monitor your project’s environmental impact and by applying our building with nature techniques even assist in overcoming environmental concerns. We can take care of ongoing maintenance, which can also be taken into account during the construction process. In this way we bring even the most complex project to a safe haven.

Project highlights

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Creating Gorgon

In 2009, Boskalis was awarded a contract on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project, one of the largest and most complex contracts to be undertaken in our history. Our scope of work included the design and construction of some of the port facilities at Barrow Island.

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Co-creation in Brazil

From 2011-15, Boskalis was involved in the construction of one of Latin America’s largest port-industry complexes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Boskalis dredged two huge access channels, a turning basin, an inner channel, mooring berths and constructed revetments for the breakwater and over 13 km of access roads.

Our projects

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Coastline fixation, Cotonou

The project was developed to arrest coastline erosion in the densely-populated centre of Cotonou caused by two phenomena: erosion and human interference along the West African coastline.

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Port extension, Port of Gävle

The Port of Gävle is located on the east coast of Sweden in the Gulf of Bothnia, facilitating Swedish imports and exports. The client wished to improve maritime safety and accessibility, and to increase the throughput of goods in this harbor.

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Port expansion, Onne

In May 2011 Boskalis was awarded the project for the expansion of the Federal Lighter Terminal and Federal Ocean Terminal of the Onne Port Complex by Prodeco International Limited. The project entails the reclamation of approximately 200 ha with suitable materials from nearby borrow areas.

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Port upgrade, Genoa

The deepening and extension of the port of Genoa is needed to accommodate the larger container vessels and the ferries of MSC. The client is the Port Authority of Genoa. The project is being executed by Boskalis Italia S.r.l. in a joint venture with Tecnis S.p.A., an Italian company that is responsible for the construction work.

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Port and MOF, LNG plant Barrow Island, Gorgon

Design and construction of a new port and materials offloading facility in a class 'A' nature reserve. The project owner is developing LNG process facilities on Barrow Island off the north west coast of Western Australia approximately 140 km west of Dampier and 95 km north east of Onslow. Barrow Island is a Class A Nature Reserve and an internationally important conservation estate.

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Port development, Mombasa

The Port of Mombasa is currently the biggest port on the coast of East Africa north of Durban, and the only international port in Kenya. It is now in the throes of a huge expansion drive to both increase cargo handling capacity and accommodate Panamax and Post Panamax vessels. The port is a transit route for, mainly, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Northern Tanzania. The current container terminal has an installed capacity of 250,000 TEU but handled more than 770,000 TEU in 2011. The port will raise its profile as a regional hub by building a second container terminal with a capacity of 1.2 million TEU. The port authority decided to construct the container terminal in phases.

Our brands

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Boskalis Dragamex

Our company providing dredging and marine services in Mexico.

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Boskalis Hirdes

Our hydraulic engineering company in Germany.

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Boskalis Nederland

Infrastructure projects on land and water in The Netherlands.

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Boskalis Terramare

Expertise for demanding marine construction projects in the Nordic region.

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Boskalis Westminster

Our dredging and marine contractor in the UK.

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