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Port services

Boskalis provides (long-term) towage services in ports around the world. Through our strategic towage joint venture, we provide harbor towage services in over 27 ports in 36 countries. We also provide emergency response, salvage and wreck removal services to vessel owners, operators or insurance companies through our subsidiary SMIT Salvage. To ensure continued accessibility to your port, we provide cost-effective maintenance dredging services including sustainable disposal of dredged material. In addition, we inspect, repair and maintain quay walls, jetties and buoys.

Boskalis helps your port to retain its place in the premier league and meet the changing demands of the global maritime industry. We help maximize safe and efficient ship handling.

We reduce costs by providing reliable long-term operational services.

Optimizing port maintenance

Involve us in the design phase of your port development and we can optimize port maintenance by including future requirements.

Ensuring ships arrive and depart on time

We provide the vital link between ship and berth through the Smit Lamnalco joint venture.

Safe navigation and emergency response

Wrecks must be removed when they pose a threat to safe navigation or obstruct access. Ports must have a plan for preventing, containing or cleaning up oil spills. SMIT’s highly trained and experienced salvage teams are equipped to respond immediately to emergencies anywhere in the world 24/7, delivering cost-effective compliance with requirements such as OPA ’90.

Our port services solutions

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Harbour towage services

We provide the vital link between ship and berth.

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Terminal services

Smit Lamnalco offers a full range of services for the operation and management of onshore and offshore terminals.

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Salvage of grounded vessel

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Wreck removal including oil and cargo transfer operation

SMIT Salvage’s extensive experience includes many complex and challenging wreck removal operations.

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Inspection, repair and maintenance of quay walls, jetties and buoys

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Maintenance dredging

We can take care of ongoing maintenance, which can also be taken into account during the construction process.

Our projects

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Port expansion LNG terminal, Cuyutlán

The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport awarded Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. two contracts for dredging an access channel and turning basin at the Cuyutlán liquefied natural gas import terminal on the west coast of Mexico.

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Design and construction harbor channel, Sydney harbor

The 'Sydney Harbor Channel Dredging Project' in Nova Scotia, Canada, involved dredging and reclamation work as part of the construction of the new Sydney Port container terminal located on the northeast coast of Canada. Once operational, Sydney Port will be the most northerly deepwater container terminal on the North American east coast.

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Port construction,
Khalifa port

The Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ), one of the world’s largest greenfield development projects, is part of Abu Dhabi’s major diversification plan to develop various sectors such as property, tourism, infrastructure and others. Abu Dhabi’s main existing port, Mina Zayed, is hemmed in by Abu Dhabi city, limiting its accessibility and the possibility for expansion.

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Maintenance dredging, Berbice River

One of Guyana’s major export products is bauxite, which originates from the Aroaima, Kwakwani and Ituni regions around the Demerara and Berbice rivers in north-eastern Guyana. Guyana annually exports approximately 2.2 million tons of bauxite from it’s mines along the Berbice River. Boskalis International has long been associated with the mining industry in Guyana. In 1990 a long-term overburden removal project for the Aroaima mine was begun in Guyana involving the dredging and disposal of a sand and clay layer of 30-45 meters thickness.

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Port reconfiguration, Felixstowe

Capital dredging and filling works for new quay development (previously known as Landguard Redevelopment). Phase 1 of the reconfiguration programme consists of: 730 m new deep water quay and 200,000 m2 container handling area achieved by installing new quay in front of old Landguard port structures and redevelopment of the old Landguard terminal.

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Port access channel dredging, Walvis Bay

The port of Walvis Bay is a naturally sheltered deepwater harbor on the west coast of Africa. The port is part of a transit route linking Southern Africa, Europe and the Americas and it is Namibia’s largest commercial port, handling around 5 million tons of cargo each year. The container terminal can accommodate a throughput of about 250,000 containers per year.

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Smit Lamnalco

Our joint venture for towage and marine services for on- and offshore terminals.