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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012

Market developments

Increases in the world’s population and in wealth are fueling structural growth in world trade. Part of this growth is carried through into the volume of seaborne trade. Demand for energy is also growing steadily.

These indisputable trends are the key drivers for growth at ports and in the energy markets. Global market research conducted periodically by Boskalis shows these trends continuing despite regional economic stagnation. Positive developments for Boskalis can be identified in two underlying trends: (i) despite the slower growth in seaborne trade, there is demand for larger and deeper ports with associated infrastructure to accommodate larger oceangoing vessels with deeper drafts, and (ii) the growing demand for energy and the associated increase in offshore exploration and production, also in vulnerable regions, thus also increasing the need for sustainable solutions.

Global population growth is fueling sustained structural demand for our land reclamation and infra activities. Climate change is forcing governments on several continents to take steps to protect their populations against flooding and rising sea levels. As a result we see growing demand for integrated sustainable solutions for complete maritime infrastructures.

Figure 2: Offshore oil & gas production (in barrels oil equivalent)

Figure 3: Boskalis - breakdown of revenue by market segment and activity

Boskalis continues to focus its activities and services (see figure 3) on markets that demonstrate structural growth in the longer term.

The key activities are:

  • Dredging

  • Offshore Energy

The key market segments are:

  • Energy (oil, gas and wind)

  • Ports (seaports)

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