With the arrival of 2018, it has been 150 years since Van Oord was founded. In 1868, Govert van Oord established himself as an independent contractor and trader in willow wood. Our company’s roots lie in the Netherlands, but nowadays our name is known throughout the world.

‘It is a founder’s
 mentality’
Pieter van Oord:
Introduction
Pieter van Oord:
‘It is a
founder’s
mentality’

With the arrival of 2018, it has been 150 years since Van Oord was founded. In 1868, Govert van Oord established himself as an independent contractor and trader in willow wood. Our company’s roots lie in the Netherlands, but nowadays our name is known throughout the world.

It’s often been said that Van Oord has a unique culture, and I can only confirm that claim. Our culture is one of entrepreneurship and engaged employees. At Van Oord, we think and act responsibly. We work safely and in close cooperation with our clients and stakeholders to create innovative and sustainable solutions. 

To express this founder’s mentality and our ingenious way of doing business, we have defined four company values: we create, we care, we work together, and we succeed. As you read this magazine, you will see these values illustrated in our stories.  

The Arkona offshore wind project is a good example of something we have created. Heavy lift installation vessel Svanen managed to install monopiles in an unpredictable seabed, demonstrating our passion for entrepreneurship and marine construction. 

A sustainable world is something we definitely care about. By opening the world’s first Coral Engine in the Bahamas, Van Oord has reached a major achievement in environmentally responsible maritime infrastructure development. 

The offshore wind industry is maturing rapidly. As a leading EPC contractor in offshore wind, Van Oord responds quickly to new market developments and gains knowledge by working with turbine manufacturers, shipbuilders and research  

institutes. Another outstanding example of working together is expressed in an interview with Water Envoy Henk Ovink, with whom Van Oord is in close touch. His drive to search for solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s water challenges is very inspiring. 

In Kaohsiung, Taiwan, both close cooperation and smooth communication made it possible to succeed. We completed the expansion of the country’s largest port six months ahead of schedule and within budget. 

I believe that our new company values will excel the way we do business. We endure and face multifaceted years, but we do it with confidence. Especially this year, as we celebrate our 150th anniversary

I hope you enjoy our magazine.

Pieter van Oord

Introduction

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About Marine ingenuity

As a global maritime contractor, Van Oord focuses on dredging, oil & gas infrastructure and offshore wind. Marine ingenuity is Van Oord’s signature and the foundation of our success. It is the spark that lights the spirit of our professionals.
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About Marine ingenuity

As a global maritime contractor, Van Oord focuses on dredging, oil & gas infrastructure and offshore wind. Marine ingenuity is Van Oord’s signature and the foundation of our success. It is the spark that lights the spirit of our professionals.