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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


3D printed reefs

Boskalis will create and install six artificial reef modules at the Larvotto reserve in Monaco in 2016, as part of a 3D reef pilot project with Prince Albert II of Monaco’s foundation and the Monaco Larvotto Reserve. The reefs, consisting of sand, will be constructed using a 3D printer. They will be used to improve the ecology and the quality of the seawater at the reserve. 


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.


Calling a halt to coastal erosion

Boskalis, as one of the partners in the EcoShape consortium, has embarked on a five-year Building with Nature project to halt coastal erosion in Central Java. Through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small-scale engineering and sustainable land use the project is expected to turn the tide.


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.


Biofuel pilot program

In 2015, Boskalis, along with consortium partners GoodFuels Marine of the Netherlands and Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä, launched a two-year biofuel pilot program aimed at accelerating the scalable development of sustainable, reliable and affordable drop-in biofuels for the maritime sector, which could result in significant emissions reductions.


Contributing to the circular economy

In 2016 Boskalis and HVC, the largest non-commercial waste collection company in the Netherlands, opened the world’s first bottom ash washing plant. The plant recycles incinerator bottom ash, a by-product of the incineration of household waste in waste-to-energy plants.