Boskalis jaarverslagen 2011

Profile and services

Boskalis is a leading global expert in the field of dredging and maritime services.

As a partner Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) has the capability to realize complex infrastructural works for our clients within the chain of design, project management and execution, even at vulnerable or remote locations around the world. We aim to design and realize our solutions in the most sustainable way.
In addition to our infrastructural activities we offer a broad range of maritime services through SMIT, including harbour towage, salvage, transport and heavy lift. Terminal services are provided through the new combination Smit Lamnalco, which was established in 2011 and in which we hold a 50% stake. Maritime infrastructure services are provided through our strategic partnership with Archirodon, in which we hold a 40% stake. With the acquisition of MNO Vervat in 2011 Boskalis added civil infrastructure capabilities to its ranks forming an excellent addition to our infrastructure and earth-moving activities.
For a detailed description of our services please refer to page 11 of our Annual Report.

Demand for our services is driven by growing energy consumption, growth in global trade, growth in world population and climate change. Boskalis operates worldwide but concentrates on six geographic regions which have the highest growth expectations for the energy and port markets. This spread gives us both a solid foundation and the flexibility to be able to secure a wide range of projects, as well as providing excellent prospects for balanced and sustained growth. Our main clients are oil companies, port operators, governments, shipping companies, international project developers, insurance companies and mining firms.

Boskalis has around 14,000 employees, including our share in partner companies such as Smit Lamnalco and Archirodon. The safety of our own employees and those of our subcontractors is paramount. Boskalis has a progressive safety program which is held in high regard in the industry and by our clients. We operate on behalf of our clients in over 75 countries across six continents. Our versatile fleet consists of over 1,100 vessels and equipment. Our head office is based in the Dutch city of Papendrecht.


  • design, construction, expansion and main­tenance of (LNG)ports and waterways
  • offshore services such as pipeline/cable/platform intervention
  • land reclamation
  • coastal defense and riverbank protection

Harbour towage

  • berthing & unberthing of seagoing vessels
  • related maritime services

Transport & heavy lift

  • engineering, transport, installation, decommissioning, chartering services
  • for the civil and (renewable) energy markets


  • towage and related services
  • for offshore and onshore oil & gas terminals


  • emergency response (OPA-90)
  • wreck removal
  • Environmental care


  • remediation and soil improvement services
  • construction of roads, tunnels, dams and bridges
  • construction of water purification plants, power stations and desalination plants

Added to My report add to My report Source: CSR Report 2011, Who we are, page 10