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Land reclamation

Boskalis is a global expert in sustainable and cost-competitive land reclamation. We use various techniques to reclaim land and protect shorelines using our state-of-the-art fleet of dredging vessels and specialized equipment. Soil can be improved through drainage and compacting techniques in preparation of the construction of airport runways, commercial and industrial areas, wind parks and recreational areas.

New land thanks to economically and ecologically sound solutions

With years of experience, we can handle the entire process – from feasibility study through to project completion. Our state-of-the-art dredging vessels and specialized equipment ensure performance and cost efficiency. Their large capacity means that land can be reclaimed at an attractive cost. Similarly, our innovative soil consolidation and compacting techniques enable you to considerably reduce construction time and save costs. We can even provide financing assistance thanks to our close relations with financial institutions.

Re-use of sand and sediment

Our aim is to re-use as much of the sand as possible for land reclamation when deepening waterways and ports. Not all the sand that we wish to use for this purpose is suitable, but thanks to innovations and research we are now able to re-use sand and sediment that was previously unusable. The innovative building with silt on the Marker Wadden nature restoration project is a good example of this.

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Expansion coal terminal, Muuga

The Muuga Coal terminal, sited on a bay, east of the existing port of Muuga, is to handle some five million tons of Siberian coal a year for destinations worldwide. The coal is shipped to Muuga by rail. Future developments may include container berths and steel facilities. The main contractor for the development of the Muuga coal terminal was the Estonian project management group A.S. Merko Ehitus. The dredging subcontract was awarded in late May 2003 to Terramare Eesti O.Ü., the Estonian arm of the Finnish-based Boskalis group company Terramare Oy.

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Construction drilling island and ice barriers, Kazakhstan

Agip Kazakhstan North Caspian Operating Company B.V. (Agip KCO), a consortium of eight leading oil companies, is active in the northern section of the Caspian Sea. The gas and oil reserves in this area were mapped out in 1998 and 1999. To allow for their exploitation, Boskalis International has created an artificial island measuring 225 x 225 meters, and underwater berms, for Agip KCO. Four years later, the time was ripe for the construction of the drilling island and ice barriers. Once they were in place, Agip KCO could start to extract and distribute the oil reserves.

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Port construction, Daya Bay

In Daya Bay, P.R. China, a USD 4.3 billion petrochemicals complex was being built by CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company (CSPC). Daya Bay is located in the southwest of China, Huizhou Municipality, Guangdong Province. The project called for the construction of two marine facilities, one nearby the petrochemicals complex, the other one further offshore. Early 2004, the Boskalis International B.V. and Nanjing Changjiang Waterway Engineering Bureau (NCWEB) partnership commenced dredging for the CSPC Nanhai Petrochemicals project. Key requirement of the project was to preserve the sensitive environment in Daya Bay. Hydronamic, Boskalis’ own engineering consultancy, designed the required monitoring plan and took responsibility for its implementation.

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Creation artificial lagoon, Barcelona

Increasing or compensating nature is one of the challenges in modern infrastructural projects. Within the scope of the extension of the Port of Barcelona compensation was required for nature to be preserved. A natural reserve, south of the Port of Barcelona and north of the International Airport of Barcelona, had to be increased and was realized within the city limits of Prat de LLobregat by the use of the cutter suction dredger Para and its auxiliary equipment.

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Port development, Coega

The Coega port project - on Algoa Bay at the mouth of Coega River - is designed to act as a catalyst for regional economic development. The new port and its adjacent Industrial Development Zone, 20 km east of Port Elizabeth, are described as South Africa's largest infrastructural development scheme for a decade. 

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Cleanup petroleum harbor, Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Petroleum harbor on the North Sea Canal has been used for the storage and transshipment of oil products since its construction in 1887. Over many years routine operations and unchecked discharges resulted in severe contamination of the harbor.

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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Boskalis Environmental

Our specialist in soil and sediment washing, as well as remediation.

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Cofra

Our specialist in ground improvement techniques.

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