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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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Overview activities, Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an island located in the Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia and north of Qatar and connected with its neighbour Saudi Arabia since the year 1980 with a 25 km long causeway. The archipelago consists of some 30 islands with a total of 160 km of shoreline and has a population of 800,000. Whereas the surface of Bahrain in the year 1960 was around 650 km2, the last decennia have seen a steady increase in the surface till a respectable figure of 740 km2 in 2007. This increase has been achieved by a various number of small and mayor reclamation projects.

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Port expansion, Gijón

The Spanish port of Gijón on the Bay of Biscay processes more than 12 million tonnes of bulk goods annually. With the expansion of global trade and increasing ship sizes, the terminal was lacking capacity to handle the traffic. The maximum draft for the ships of 18 meters is another obstacle to the development of the port. So the Port Authority of Gijón developed a plan for additional modern facilities in an area measuring 145 hectares to the north of the existing port. This includes a bulk terminal with a transfer capacity of more than 25 million tons and a storage area measuring 60 hectares for a maximum of 2 million tons of coal and iron ore a year.

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Port development, Sevilla

Seville is located 80 km land inwards and it is Spain’s only commercial river port. Access is along the Rio Guadalquivir. The current dimensions and depth of the port impose limitations on the breadth and draughts of the vessels that use it, putting the future of the port at risk. So the Port Authority developed a New Maritime Approach that provides for the deepening and widening of the approaches to the port.

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Port expansion, Fremantle

Fremantle Ports is the Western Australian Government trading enterprise responsible for strategic management of the Port of Fremantle. The Port of Fremantle provides modern deep-water facilities for handling container trade, break-bulk vessels, livestock exports and motor vehicle imports as well as accommodating cruise ships.

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Extension cruise
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In April 2009 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. was awarded the contract for the extension of the cruise terminal in Nassau from the Ministry of Works and Transport of the Government of the Bahamas. The contract was worth approximately USD 44 million and the project was completed in the first six months of 2010.

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Dredging and reclamation, Port of Peterhead

The project consisted of capital dredging, reclamation, quay construction and breakwater extension works for Peterhead Smith Embankment Development, in order to develop the area in the north of the harbour at Smith Embankment to provide sheltered berths for vessels ranging from 20 to 160 m in length.

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Smit Lamnalco

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