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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012

Market developments

Recent research has confirmed that these trends will continue in the longer term despite regional economic stagnation.

In the short term we are assisted by the growing demand for deep sea ports with the ability to cater to the new generation of bulk carriers and container ships, as well as by the increasing shift towards (complex) offshore locations for oil and gas extraction.

Boskalis expects market conditions for its Dredging and Towage activities to be stable in the next three years, with scope for growth mainly seen for Offshore Energy in the area of Transport, Logistics & Installation. There are clear opportunities here for Boskalis with its combination of assets and expertise following the acquisitions of SMIT and Dockwise. Boskalis can further strengthen its position in this segment through targeted investments in ships or through acquisitions, for example the recent takeover of Fairmount with its leading position in the global market for oceangoing tugs. The markets in which Boskalis operates are driven by growth in global trade, energy consumption and the world’s population, as well as by the effects of climate change.

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