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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


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.


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.


Port XL: sustainable innovation

For the last five years, Boskalis has partnered with PortXL, a Dutch organization scouting and selecting innovative new companies that can serve the needs of the global maritime industry, bringing external innovation inside the company.


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.