NOIA Member Spotlight

Boskalis is a leading global dredging and offshore contractor and maritime services provider. Boskalis offers a unique combination of experts, vessels and activities. With its origins in the Netherlands, the company has been operating for over 100 years. Today, Boskalis creates new horizons for stakeholders in the port, offshore energy, maritime and inland infrastructure markets.

Boskalis provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world with services including the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection. In addition, Boskalis offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the oil and gas sector and offshore wind industry as well as salvage solutions (SMIT Salvage). With a versatile fleet of more than 900 vessels and floating equipment and 11,700 employees, including associated companies, Boskalis operates in 90 countries across six continents.

One of Boskalis key groups is Dockwise – an oil and gas service company providing logistical management of large and heavy structures. Founded in 1993, Dockwise was the largest seagoing heavy transport shipping company. Boskalis acquired Dockwise in 2013.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Dockwise is the global market leader in heavy marine transport. Dockwise has a fleet of semi-submersible heavy lift vessels that has earned the reputation of being the most trusted, reliable and flexible in the industry. Dockwise delivers professional services on time while staying in line with the highest safety and environmental standards in the world. Dockwise vessels are always in top condition, and the company employs a focus on the latest state-of-the-art technology. Furthermore, Dockwise employees are highly motivated and passionate, fueling the success and achievements of the company.

The Dockwise fleet specializes in a number of offshore roles, including the transport of offshore drilling rigs, oil production platforms, floating production, storage and offloading units and other exceptionally heavy cargoes. The vessels are designed with good stability and seagoing characteristics. Dockwise works closely with clients to make sure the right vessels are utilized at the right time and the right location.  The latest Dockwise vessel is the Dockwise Vanguard. The Dockwise Vanguard is a semi-submersible heavy transport vessel with a bowless design. The vessel can accommodate overhang on both bow and stern and has a deadweight capacity of 117,000 tons.

Recently, the Dockwise fleet has been in the news for providing services outside of the offshore oil and gas industry.  After the tragic August 2017 collision between the U.S. Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant ship offshore Singapore, Dockwise was awarded a contract to move the damaged destroyer from Singapore to a U.S. repair facility in Yokosuka, Japan.  Similarly, Dockwise was awarded a contract by the Military Sealift Command to transport the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald to Pascagoula, Mississippi for repairs after it collided with a vessel offshore Japan. Dockwise also moved the USS Cole after it was attacked in 2000.

Safety has long been a top priority for Boskalis. To further improve safety culture and reach the goal of an incident-free working environment, Boskalis has launched the No Injuries, No Accidents (NINA) safety program. NINA sets clear standards and expectations of safety behavior. NINA is supported by an extensive training and workshop program so that all Boskalis employees understand the NINA principles and how to lead by example. NINA is embedded within Boskalis organizational systems and managed by leading indicators.

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