Boskalis

Description

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world with services including the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection. In addition, Boskalis offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the oil and gas sector and offshore wind industry as well as salvage solutions. Furthermore, Boskalis has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Kotug Smit Towage, Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco). 

With a versatile fleet of more than 900 vessels and floating equipment and 10,700 employees, including associated companies, Boskalis operates in 90 countries across six continents.

History

Over the past century Boskalis has grown from a local Dutch Sliedrecht-based dredging company into a global market leader in the field of dredging and inland infra, offshore energy, and towage and salvage. Some highlights include playing a major role in the Dutch Delta Works in 1953, going public and receiving the designation ‘Royal’ in 1971, their involvement in ground-breaking international projects such as the Øresund tunnel and construction of Hong Kong international airport in the 1990s, and more recently, the expansion of offshore activities with the acquisition of Dockwise and Fairmount Marine.

As of April 2018, Dockwise, VBMS and Fairmount continue to offer their services under the brand name Boskalis. This name change follows the decision by Boskalis to merge all of its activities under a single brand name in the course of 2018 to combine knowledge, strength and expertise in the provision of heavy marine transportation, offshore installation and onshore logistical management.

In August 2017 the company added marine geophysical surveys, offshore geotechnical services and environmental surveys to their activities, with the acquisition of subsea survey specialist Gardline. This fulfils the company's strategic ambition to build a position in the offshore survey market to become a specialist provider of subsea geotechnical surveys with an exposure to the renewables market and the early cyclical oil and gas market.

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