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Sustainability at Boskalis goes beyond managing our business and projects in a responsible manner. We seek to leverage our ability to influence and innovate, to create added social, environmental and economic value where we can. These cases illustrate our approach in action.

Overview sustainability cases


Meet the buyer: Dialog and cooperation in the chain

As part of our chain responsibility in 2011 we invited a selection of our most important suppliers to structurally expand the dialog on sustainability during a series of three sessions.


in the chain

Van Voorden Castings has been a supplier of wearing parts for dredging ships for over 30 years. 'Over the past few years we, together with Boskalis, increasingly came to the realization that we were destroying value by treating worn-out parts as scrap metal. Once you remove the parts that have worn away, what is left of things like pump casings and impellers is completely reusable. Together we have developed a process for this. All the old parts come back to the Netherlands and are cut down into small lumps and then melted down in our factory and turned into new products,' explained Jac Meeuwissen, director of Van Voorden in Zaltbommel.


Malaria prevention with NGO

Our Nigerian subsidiary, Nigeria Westminster Dredging and Marine Limited in collaboration with NGO, Family Care Association (FCA), executed a Malaria Control and Prevention Project under the umbrella of the Nigeria Malaria Control and Prevention Programme. The programme which took place in Ilaje LGA, Ondo state was managed by a team of FCA medical professionals, volunteers and project coordinators and reached out to the riverine communities of Igbokoda, Ugbonlo, Aiyetoro and Ilowo. Malaria is something the communities face on a daily basis.


Khalifa Port,
Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ), one of the largest port development projects in the world, is aimed at providing infrastructure for the growing industrial and commercial activities of Abu Dhabi. The new port was built close to the biggest coral reef in the Arabian Gulf.


channel deepening

The port of Melbourne is vital to the Australian economy. In 2007 the Australian government approved a project aimed at making the port more accessible to container ships with a draft of up to 14 meters.


Newbiggin Bay coastal protection scheme

Over the years a large part of the beach at Newbiggin, a small English seaside town with about 7,500 residents, had been washed away to the extent that the existing sea wall was in danger of collapsing. Moreover, two decades of economic decline caused by the loss of the once-thriving mining industry and the grain port had also taken their toll on the town. The government wanted to give the town a new lease of life (regenerate the town).