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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


Marker Wadden

In March 2016, Boskalis started work on the first stage of one of the largest nature restoration projects in western Europe - Marker Wadden. The project will transform the ecologically impoverished Markermeer lake into a dynamic area rich in animal and plant life, through the creation of nature islands using sand, clay and fine sediment. Building with Nature techniques play a key role in the project.


Griend nature preservation project

Boskalis teamed up with the Dutch Society for the Preservation of Nature (Natuurmonumenten) to protect the uninhabited island of Griend in the Dutch Wadden Sea. The island provides a vital habitat for hundreds of thousands of migratory and breeding birds. However, due to erosion this bird paradise was at risk of being washed away.


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.


Sepetiba Bay, Brazil

Brazil has a wealth of iron ore reserves that can benefit the country’s economy and stimulate growth. To exploit these reserves German steel-maker ThyssenKrupp Steel and Brazilian mining company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) teamed up to construct a steel factory on the northern shore of Sepetiba Bay, an area of great natural beauty near Rio de Janeiro.


Large-scale transplant of coral

In Jamaica, between August 2009 and April 2010, coral was transplanted as part of the development of the Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal.


Sustainable ship dismantling

When Boskalis decommissions ships it is standard practice to see to it that they are dismantled both responsibly and safely.