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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012


Acquired orders Contract value of acquired assignments.

AGM Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

Backhoe A large hydraulic excavating machine positioned on the end of a pontoon. The pontoon is held firmly in place using spuds. Backhoes can dredge in a range of soil types with extreme precision.

Bunker fuel Type of fuel used by oceangoing and other vessels. Bunkering refers to the act or process of supplying a ship with this type of fuel.

Cash flow Group net profit adjusted for depreciation, amortization and impairments.

Cost leadership Achieving lowest cost price.

Cutter See cutter suction dredger.

Cutter suction dredger (CSD) A vessel that dredges while being held into place using spuds and anchors. This technique combines powerful cutting with suction dredging. Cutter suction dredgers are mainly used where the bed is hard and compact. The dredged material is sometimes loaded into hoppers but is generally pumped to land through a pressure pipeline.

Decommission To dismantle and/or remove an object.

EBITDA Group earnings before the result of associated companies, interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and impairments.

CO2 Emissions Carbon dioxide released into the environment.

EU-IFRS IFRS stands for International Financial Reporting Standards. EU-IFRS are financial reporting rules drawn up and issued by the IASB (International Accounting Standards Board) and adopted within the European Union. Since 2005 all publicly listed companies within the European Union have been obliged to comply with these standards in their external financial accounting/reporting.

Fallpipe vessel Vessel that moves over the area to be covered, while dumping the stones on board through a fallpipe. The vessel is kept in place by a dynamic positioning system in which the propellers and rudders are controlled by an automatic system. The end of the pipe is located just a few meters above the level of the surface to be covered. The fallpipe is controlled using a precise positioning system. The fallpipe vessel Seahorse can also be equipped with an A-frame on the aftship and a grab controlled by an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). This makes it possible to dredge down to depths of 1,000 meters.

Floating Sheerlegs Floating cranes for heavy lifting.

FPSO Floating Production Storage and Offloading system. Floating production, storage and transshipment systems that often operate a long way offshore. The systems separate the incoming liquids into oil, gas and water and temporarily store the crude oil. Tankers are used to transport the oil.

Futures A future (derivative) is a so-called forward contract; an agreement between traders to purchase or sell certain financial products on a specified future date at a previously agreed fixed price.

Global Reporting Initiative International organization that develops global standards for sustainability reporting.

Hazardous substances Liquid or solid substances which present a health hazard and/or are damaging to the environment.

Heavy-lift vessel See HTV

Home market Boskalis distinguishes itself from its competitors in the Dredging segment by the use of a home market strategy. The home market organizations have local marketing profiles, as well as their own fleets and infrastructures. They can rely on the support of the financial and technical resources of the global Boskalis organization. Home markets provide a stable flow of assignments and opportunities to generate additional margins through associated activities.

Hopper/hopper dredger See trailing suction hopper dredger.

HTV A (semi-submersible) transport vessel. At 275 meters long and 75 meters wide the Dockwise Vanguard is the biggest semi-submersible heavy transport vessel in the world and is capable of conveying objects weighing up to 110,000 tonnes.

International projects market Market that focuses primarily on larger capital expenditure projects for new buildings and/or extensions. In addition, there are projects that regularly involve cooperation with third parties. This makes it possible to provide clients with optimal services and to share risks.

Jack-up platform An offshore platform that can either float or have its legs lowered to 
stand on the seabed. Jack-up rigs are generally used by oil and gas companies for 
exploration and production purposes. Platforms of this type can be transported either by 
semi-submersible heavy transport vessel (Dockwise) or by oceangoing tug (Fairmount).

LNG Liquefied Natural Gas.

LTI Lost Time Injury. Expresses the number of workplace accidents serious enough to result in absence from work.

LTIF Lost Time Injury Frequency. Expresses the number of workplace accidents serious enough to result in absence work.

Net Group profit Net result + net profit attributable to non-controlling interests.

NINA No Injuries No Accidents. In a bid to achieve an incident and accident-free working environment Boskalis applies the NINA safety program. NINA sets out Boskalis' vision on safety and describes the safety conduct the company expects from its staff and subcontractors. The program makes people aware of their own responsibility and encourages them to take action in situations which are unsafe.

Order book The revenue accounted for by parts of orders as yet uncompleted.

Return on capital employed Net result + interest paid on long-term loans as % of the average capital employed (shareholders’ equity + long-term loans).

Return on equity Net result as % of the average shareholders’ equity.

Revenue work done Work executed for a client related to a project and/or a service contract.

RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) ship Vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers or railroad cars that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels.

Rock fragmentation under water Drilling and blasting hard materials such as rock and granite, often to deepen ports and clear navigational channels.

ROV Remotely Operated Vehicle. An unmanned robotic subsea vehicle that is remotely controlled (often from a ship or platform).

SHE-Q Safety, Health, Environment & Quality.

Solvency Group equity as % of the balance sheet total (non-current assets + current assets).

TEU Twenty feet Equivalent Unit (container); often used to describe the cargo capacity of container ships and container terminals.

Trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) A self-propelled unit that loads its well or hopper using centrifugal pumps and pipes that trail over the bed as the ship sails. Trailing suction hopper dredger scan operate independently of other equipment and can transport material over long distances. The dredged material is dumped through flaps or bottom doors, by rainbowing, or pumped onto land using a pipeline.

Work done Work executed for a client in relation to a project and/or service contract.

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