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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012

Impact, risk and opportunities in the chain

Initiative/design/tender stage

At this stage we can influence our impact on people, the environment and society in general through our Dredging, Offshore Energy, Towage and Salvage activities. Bringing us in on a project at an early stage enables us to work with the client to create a design that is as sustainable as possible and select the working methods best suited to the environmental requirements. For our Dredging and Offshore Energy activities we also bring our eco-engineering expertise into play to ensure the best possible fit of maritime infrastructure with natural environment. We devote a great deal of attention to safe working conditions. In addition we seek to ensure that our maritime activities cause as little inconvenience as possible to shipping traffic and the fishing industry.

Execution stage

Our impact on people, the environment and society is greatest during this stage. It is here where it is all about safe working conditions and keeping an eye on the wellbeing of our own staff and the people working with us. At our Dredging operations we devote a great deal of attention to managing the environment. Where possible we make a positive contribution to the local community by creating jobs or sourcing products and services locally. Our wreck clearance, salvage and rescue work contributes towards people’s safety as well as a cleaner environment.

Mobilization/demobilization stage

The equipment we deploy on our projects sometimes has to be mobilized over great distances, for example from Europe to South America, and then demobilized again after completion of the project. Our logistical operation is aimed at doing this as safely and efficiently as possible. This allows us to reduce fuel consumption and the associated burden on the environment, as well as saving costs. The worldwide operational practices of Boskalis have as a consequence transits through high risk areas like the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The vessels of Dockwise in particular are extremely vulnerable to piracy, due to their semi-submersible design and accompanying features. They provide relative easy access to pirates. In order to protect the Dockwise crew, cargo and vessels when transiting through high risk areas, the Dockwise management decided in 2011 to include armed protection as an additional anti-piracy protection measure. Measures consist of, among others, armament and the deployment of highly trained Vessel Protection Detachments (VPDs) onboard the vessels. In 2013 Dockwise had twenty voyages through high risk areas assisted by VPDs (armed marines of the Royal Dutch Navy).

Our terminal and towage services tend to be of a local and ongoing nature. This means that mobilization of equipment applies only at the start of a contract; after that our staff and the equipment stay on location for comparatively long periods of time.

The impact of our secondary processes on the chain is described in the following sections.

Risks and opportunities in the chain

Effective management of both risks and opportunities is essential to the successful implementation of our strategy. We have taken measures to ensure that risks and opportunities are identified, quantified and monitored, particularly in relation to the preparation and execution of projects. For an overview of the principal strategic and operational risks please refer to pages 48-52 of our Annual Report 2013. The risks and opportunities of the social and environmental aspects of our chain can be found on our corporate website

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