Wear and tear and re-use
Boskalis uses cutter suction dredgers for dredging in hard conditions. These vessels have cutter heads with dozens of removable steel pickpoints. Tens of thousands need to be replaced annually. With the cradle-to-cradle thinking in mind, and given the increasing scarcity of raw materials, it started to make sense to think about re-using the material.
To streamline the logistics of returning the worn pickpoints to the original foundries, Boskalis developed special steel “pickpoint bins”: square, extremely robust, steel containers. We designed them so that they can be stacked, are safe to lift and easy to move with forklift trucks. Boskalis now has more than 1,600 certified pickpoint bins in circulation.