Boskalis jaarverslagen 2011

Impact in the chain on people, the environment and society in general

We use Porter’s value chain for describing our impact on people, the environment and society in general (see infographic below). In the primary processes we distinguish three stages which apply to all our services: the initiative/design/tender stage; the execution stage; and the mobilization & demobilization stage. Our impact on people, the environment and society at each of these stages is set out below.

Initiative/design/tender stage

At this stage we are able to influence our impact on people, the environment and society in general through our Dredging & Earthmoving and Transport & Heavy Lift services and wreck removal by Salvage. By involving us at an early stage (‘Early Contractor Involvement’) clients can work with us to engineer a sustainable solution and select working methods that are best suited to the environmental requirements. We are also able to set up a program to provide information to the local community. In addition we seek to minimize inconvenience to both regular shipping traffic and the fishing industry. We also pay extensive attention to safe working conditions at this stage.
In Dredging & Earthmoving we also draw the customer’s attention to the best practices under the Building with Nature program (please refer to the article Eco-dynamic design). The essence of this program is for the design to balance the economic, social and ecological interests of the infrastructure project.

Execution stage

The physical impact on people, the environment and society is greatest during the execution of our activities.
The safety and wellbeing of our own staff and of the people working with us are always our top priority. We provide good accommodation and recreational facilities on board or on shore, and provide information on the prevention of diseases such as AIDS and malaria.

We seek to make a positive contribution to the local community through our activities wherever we can.

Where possible we hire local staff on our projects. In the regions where we have a virtually permanent presence, the proportion of local staff tends to be high. Where possible we involve local subcontractors, and source goods and services from local suppliers. Apart from this we seek to keep the local community as up to date as we can with regard to the project’s progress. We are open to questions and comments.

Our ships produce emissions and turbidity. Turbidity is caused by the seabed being churned up during dredging activities, which results in a temporary reduction in the incidence of light in the water due to suspended particles. This temporary process can be harmful to underwater animal and plant life. By using environmentally friendly working methods and techniques, advanced projection and monitoring techniques, specially designed equipment and cleaner fuel and engines we seek to minimize or mitigate the negative impact on nature and the environment. (For more information please refer to the articles Policy and Objectives in the section ‘Our environmental performance’.)

Our harbour towage and terminal services involve the escorting, berthing and unberthing of ocean-going ships in ports, and of oil and LNG tankers at loading and unloading facilities. The environmental impact of these activities consists of the emissions produced by the tugboats. Wherever possible SMIT and Smit Lamnalco tugboats use shore-side power during rest periods and are powered by low-sulphur marine gas oil. SMIT contributes both to safety and a cleaner environment through its wreck removal and salvage activities. The main priority for salvage operations – after the saving or protection of human lives – is to avert environmental damage by preventing fuel or hazardous cargoes from contaminating the environment.

Mobilization and demobilization stage

At this stage our impact on the environment is particularly relevant and is greatest on projects. Projects involve the deployment of equipment that sometimes has to be mobilized over great distances (for example from Europe to South America). After completion of the project the equipment has to be demobilized again. For terminal and towage services, which tend to be of a local and permanent nature, mobilization of equipment applies only at the start of a contract; after that our staff and the equipment stay on location for relatively long periods of time.
Our logistical operation on projects is aimed at deploying floating equipment with extreme efficiency, for example by using weather routing programs. This allows us to reduce fuel consumption and the associated burden on the environment, enhance safety and at the same time reduce costs.

Added to My report add to My report Source: CSR Report 2011, Who we are, page 18