Boskalis wants its supply chain to be increasingly sustainable. To make our procurement processes even more sustainable, we have been working ever more closely with our suppliers in recent years. The collaboration with our supplier Vosta LMG (Vosta) for re-using pickpoints is a fine example.
Wear and tear and re-use
“This was the first time we had been asked to engage in recycling in this way”, says Vosta manager Components & Services Georges Teheux. “The hydraulic engineering sector has been talking about the possibilities of cradle-to-cradle production for years, but Boskalis initiated this approach. In the meantime, we have developed a similar system for another major dredging company. It would obviously be fantastic if the entire sector were to switch to this approach using universal bins.”
The worn pickpoints are collected in the bins on the projects, and returned in sea containers to the foundry, where they are melted down. The new pickpoints are returned to the project from the foundry in the same way. Since the start of this cradle-to-cradle program, we have already processed large numbers of worn pickpoints. This joint approach has had a major impact on various links in the chain because it also affects the operating processes at the foundry that produces the pickpoints for Vosta.