Traditionally, dredging is the core activity of Boskalis. It involves all activities required to remove silt, sand and other layers from the water bed and in some cases utilizing them elsewhere, for example for land reclamation. The services we provide also include the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, and coastal defense and riverbank protection, as well as associated specialist services such as underwater rock fragmentation. In addition, Boskalis is active in the extraction of raw materials using dredging techniques. Our global spread, high professional standards, versatile state-of-the-art fleet and conscious focus on cost efficiency have earned us a recognized position as a global market leader in dredging.
Boskalis also operates as a contractor of dry infrastructure projects. In this area we are involved mainly in the Netherlands in the design, preparation (by means of dry earthmoving) and execution of large-scale civil infra works, such as the construction of roads and railroads, bridges, dams, viaducts and tunnels. In doing so, we also perform specialist works such as soil improvement and land remediation.
With our offshore services we support the activities of the international energy sector, including oil and gas companies and providers of renewable energy such as wind power. We are involved in the development, construction, maintenance and decommissioning of oil and LNG-import/export facilities, offshore platforms, pipelines and cables and offshore wind farms. In performing these activities Boskalis applies its expertise in the areas of heavy transport, lift and installation work, as well as diving and ROV services complemented with dredging, offshore pipeline, cable and rock installation.
In ports around the world SMIT Harbour Towage provides assistance to incoming and outgoing oceangoing vessels. With a versatile fleet of over 200 tugs we assist vessels including RoRo ships, oil and chemical tankers, container ships, reefers and mixed cargo ships. We operate our tug services in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Panama, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, China and Taiwan. In addition, we offer a full range of services for the operation and management of onshore and offshore terminals through Smit Lamnalco, which is 50% owned by Boskalis. These include assistance with the berthing and unberthing of tankers at oil and LNG terminals and additional support services such as pilotage, subsea inspection and maintenance, firefighting, and the coupling and uncoupling of terminal connections.
Through SMIT Salvage we provide services relating to the salvage of ships and wreck removal. SMIT Salvage provides assistance to vessels in distress and is able to spring into action at anytime and anywhere in the world. We are able to do so by operating out of four locations which are strategically situated in relation to the main international shipping routes: Houston, Cape Town, Rotterdam and Singapore. Clearance of wrecks of sunken ships almost always takes place at locations where the wreck forms an obstruction to traffic or presents an environmental hazard. We have the advanced technology and expertise needed to remove hazardous substances such as bunker fuel from wrecks and boast a successful track record in salvaging ships.
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