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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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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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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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Port development, Gothenburg

Gothenburg turns around some 34 million tons of cargo annually, including 700,000 TEU (containers), and is unique in the region. With regard to the variety and frequency of calls from intercontinental liner trade the port is outstanding in Sweden. The port can be reached from the sea via two different channels: Torshamnen Fairway and Böttö Fairway. From a navigational point of view both channels needed to be deepened and widened at a number of places. Thus there were two good reasons to enhance the fairways: securing the port’s future as the premier port for liner trade and creating safer navigation. This resulted into a major dredging contract which was awarded in June 2002 to Boskalis Westminster Dredging Company.

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Port construction, Pusan

The 4th largest container terminal in the world is located in the South East of the South Korean peninsula at Busan. As the old port is completely surrounded by the metro-city, expansion of the old port is restricted. To solve the chronic phenomenon of cargo congestion MOMAF (Ministry of Marine and Fisheries) decided in 1997 to construct a new port situated 20 km west of Busan with a final total handling capacity of 4.6 million TEU and total expenses of 4.2 billion USD.

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Smit Lamnalco

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