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.

150 years of
Marine ingenuity

Driven by global changes

Vision

Perspectives
Four

Our activities have always been driven by global changes. The growing world population needs more space. Maritime transport requires new and improved infrastructure. Climate change necessitates better coastal protection. The demand for renewable energy is growing. 

Maritime transport

José Alex Oliva
President, Port of Santos, Brazil

‘The growing volume of maritime trade worldwide has driven ports, terminals and the maritime industry to adapt to the demand for constant expansion and modernisation of their facilities.’

‘Over the last few decades, for instance, the increase in container transport has pushed the size of container vessels up to over 19,000 TEUs. The Port of Santos, responsible for almost a third of Brazil’s international trade and with an area of influence that extends across five states (Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás, Minas Gerais and São Paulo), has also undergone several major upgrades that include an increase in terminal capacity and the significant expansion of its road, rail and waterway infrastructure. Just recently, an increase in the maximum

nautical depth to 14.5 metres at high tide was approved. Another important initiative of current port management is the opening of new inland waterways, a strategic move that will enhance access to the port complex. Studies project a cargo throughput of up to 155 million tonnes in 2020 and the addition of this inter-modal connectivity will ensure the efficient handling of larger cargo volumes, offering better quality of service without more traffic putting pressure on local roads.’

Second Suez Canal

Van Oord classics - Driven by
maritime transport

Maasvlakte 2

Van Oord classics - Driven by
maritime transport

Urbanisation

Ali Rashid Ahmed Lootah
Chairman of Nakheel, Dubai’s leading development company

‘Nakheel is at the forefront of the innovative, iconic waterfront developments that have placed Dubai on the world map.’

‘Our globally-famous projects, including Palm Jumeirah, continue to set new standards in creative engineering and cutting-edge design, thanks to a highly skilled in-house team and world-leading marine contractors such as Van Oord. Dubai is growing. Its population is expected to double by 2030; it is the host city for Expo 2020 and has an ambitious but achievable tourism target of welcoming 20 million visitors a year by 2020. We are playing a major role in delivering new 

residential, retail, hospitality and leisure projects to accommodate these people. While I am immensely proud of all of our work, Palm Jumeirah stands out as the project that is not only recognised the world over but also took creativity and design to new levels. We are now building on the success of Palm Jumeirah to create Deira Islands, a new waterfront city that is set to become Dubai’s newest tourism, leisure and entertainment hub.’

Chek Lap Kok

Van Oord classics - Driven by urbanisation

Palm Island

Van Oord classics - Driven by urbanisation

Growing demand for energy and the transition
towards a renewable energy system

Marjan van Loon
President-Director Shell Netherlands

‘There is far too little renewable energy being generated today to meet the global demand for energy - a demand that continues to grow in many regions of the world.’

‘Worldwide, it will take some time before we reach the tipping point between oil & gas and renewable energy. Countries differ considerably in their energy demand, ecological footprint, sustainability targets and pace of transition. In the Netherlands, for example, total demand will likely decline thanks to energy-efficiency efforts, people are very interested in sustainability, and the government coalition agreement has set a carbon emissions reduction target of 49% by 2030. At the same time, only about 6% of the Netherlands’ energy is

renewable energy and only 1% of cars run on electricity. The Netherlands must therefore pick up the pace, for example by generating much more offshore wind power. To succeed in speeding up the energy transition, we need business enterprises to cooperate with one another and with government. Shell Netherlands and Van Oord, for example, are already working together as the co-founders of the Energy Transition Coalition, but our two companies are also partners in the Borssele III/IV offshore wind consortium.’ 

Gravity Based Structure for Arkutun Dagi 

Van Oord classics - Driven by
a growing demand for energy

Gemini Offshore Wind Park

Climate change and the rising sea level

Wim Kuijken
Dutch Delta Commissioner

‘Coastal regions and deltas across the globe benefit from their strategic locations, but such locations also face challenges. These are related to changes in sea level and the climate, to freshwater supply and water management.’

‘In the Netherlands, we have a long history of fighting floods. This is not surprising, as 60% of our country is flood prone. In the past, we responded to disasters by creating elaborate defence works like the Delta Works. These days we also prefer spatial solutions, like the Room for the River programme, and we focus on living with water instead of only fighting it. Our country is safe for now, but can become more vulnerable to the impact of future global changes. Our measurements show us that both temperature and sea water levels are rising and that the ground

is subsiding. We expect that this will continue and that wet – and dry – periods will become more extreme. We are already observing greater extremes in precipitation. The Delta Programme aims to maintain the Dutch delta as a safe and attractive place to live and work, for present and future generations. I am proud that all national, regional and local authorities are cooperating with knowledge institutes and private parties to achieve this challenging goal and create an inspiring showcase for other deltas around the world.’

Sand Motor

Van Oord classics - Driven by climate change and the rising sea level

Dutch Delta Works

Van Oord classics - Driven by climate change and the rising sea level

150 years of
Marine ingenuity

Driven by global changes

Vision

Four
Perspectives

Our activities have always been driven by global changes. The growing world population needs more space. Maritime transport requires new and improved infrastructure. Climate change necessitates better coastal protection. The demand for renewable energy is growing. 

Maritime transport

José Alex Oliva
President, Port of Santos, Brazil

‘The growing volume of maritime trade worldwide has driven ports, terminals and the maritime industry to adapt to the demand for constant expansion and modernisation of their facilities.’

‘Over the last few decades, for instance, the increase in container transport has pushed the size of container vessels up to over 19,000 TEUs. The Port of Santos, responsible for almost a third of Brazil’s international trade and with an area of influence that extends across five states (Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás, Minas Gerais and São Paulo), has also undergone several major upgrades that include an increase in terminal capacity and the significant expansion of its road, rail and waterway infrastructure. Just recently, an increase in the maximum nautical depth to 14.5 metres at high tide was approved. Another important initiative of current port management is the opening of new inland waterways, a strategic move that will enhance access to the port complex. Studies project a cargo throughput of up to 155 million tonnes in 2020 and the addition of this inter-modal connectivity will ensure the efficient handling of larger cargo volumes, offering better quality of service without more traffic putting pressure on local roads.’

Van Oord classics - Driven by
maritime transport

Second Suez Canal

Facts & figures

Client: Suez Canal Authority

Scope: The construction of a second Suez Canal to allow two-way container ship traffic. Around 200 million cubic metres of material was dredged for the 35-kilometre-long, 150-metre-wide channel. 

Location: Suez Canal, Egypt

Execution period: 2014-2015

Van Oord classics - Driven by
maritime transport

Maasvlakte 2

Facts & figures

Client: Port of Rotterdam

Scope: The design and construction of a 700-hectare port expansion area, including 11 kilometres of sea defences, 3.5 kilometres of quay walls, 13 kilometres of roads and cycle paths, 14 kilometres of railway tracks, and the dredging of harbour basins to 20 metres below sea level.

Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Execution period: 2008-2013

Urbanisation

Ali Rashid Ahmed Lootah
Chairman of Nakheel, Dubai’s leading development company

‘Nakheel is at the forefront of the innovative, iconic waterfront developments that have placed Dubai on the world map.’

‘Our globally-famous projects, including Palm Jumeirah, continue to set new standards in creative engineering and cutting-edge design, thanks to a highly skilled in-house team and world-leading marine contractors such as Van Oord. Dubai is growing. Its population is expected to double by 2030; it is the host city for Expo 2020 and has an ambitious but achievable tourism target of welcoming 20 million visitors a year by 2020. We are playing a major role in delivering new residential, retail, hospitality and leisure projects to accommodate these people. While I am immensely proud of all of our work, Palm Jumeirah stands out as the project that is not only recognised the world over but also took creativity and design to new levels. We are now building on the success of Palm Jumeirah to create Deira Islands, a new waterfront city that is set to become Dubai’s newest tourism, leisure and entertainment hub.’

Van Oord classics - Driven by urbanisation

Chek Lap Kok

Facts & figures

Client: Hong Kong Provisional Airport Authority

Scope: The reclamation of an artificial island to accommodate the new airport of Hong Kong. In total around 1248 hectares of land were reclaimed. 

Location: Hong Kong, China

Execution period: 1993-1996

Van Oord classics - Driven by urbanisation

Palm Island

Facts & figures

Client: Nakheel

Scope: The engineering and construction of an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. Approximately 700 million cubic metres of sand were reclaimed for Palm Jumeirah. It consists of a two-kilometre trunk and seventeen palm leaves that are now home to luxury villas and private beaches.

Location: Dubai, UAE

Execution period: 2001-2004

Growing demand for energy and the transition
towards a renewable energy system

Marjan van Loon
President-Director Shell Netherlands

‘There is far too little renewable energy being generated today to meet the global demand for energy - a demand that continues to grow in many regions of the world.’

‘Worldwide, it will take some time before we reach the tipping point between oil & gas and renewable energy. Countries differ considerably in their energy demand, ecological footprint, sustainability targets and pace of transition. In the Netherlands, for example, total demand will likely decline thanks to energy-efficiency efforts, people are very interested in sustainability, and the government coalition agreement has set a carbon emissions reduction target of 49% by 2030. At the same time, only about 6% of the Netherlands’ energy is renewable energy and only 1% of cars run on electricity. The Netherlands must therefore pick up the pace, for example by generating much more offshore wind power. To succeed in speeding up the energy transition, we need business enterprises to cooperate with one another and with government. Shell Netherlands and Van Oord, for example, are already working together as the co-founders of the Energy Transition Coalition, but our two companies are also partners in the Borssele III/IV offshore wind consortium.’ 

Van Oord classics - Driven by
a growing demand for energy

Gravity Based Structure for Arkutun Dagi 

Facts & figures

Client: Exxon Neftegas Limited

Scope: The transport and installation of a Gravity Based Structure (GBS) for the Arkutun Dagi oil and gas field. The platform’s GBS, which measured 135 by 100 metres wide and 55 metres high, had a total weight of 160,000 tonnes.

Location: east of Sakhalin, Russian Federation

Execution period: 2012

Gemini Offshore Wind Park

Facts & figures

Client: Gemini

Scope: The design and construction of a 600-megawatt offshore wind park. The project encompassed the delivery and installation of the foundations, the entire electrical infrastructure (including the offshore and onshore high voltage stations), the cables, and the installation of 150 four-megawatt wind turbines.

Location: North Sea, the Netherlands

Execution period: 2014-2016

Climate change and the rising sea level

Wim Kuijken
Dutch Delta Commissioner

‘Coastal regions and deltas across the globe benefit from their strategic locations, but such locations also face challenges. These are related to changes in sea level and the climate, to freshwater supply and water management.’

‘In the Netherlands, we have a long history of fighting floods. This is not surprising, as 60% of our country is flood prone. In the past, we responded to disasters by creating elaborate defence works like the Delta Works. These days we also prefer spatial solutions, like the Room for the River programme, and we focus on living with water instead of only fighting it. Our country is safe for now, but can become more vulnerable to the impact of future global changes. Our measurements show us that both temperature and sea water levels are rising and that the ground is subsiding. We expect that this will continue and that wet – and dry – periods will become more extreme. We are already observing greater extremes in precipitation. The Delta Programme aims to maintain the Dutch delta as a safe and attractive place to live and work, for present and future generations. I am proud that all national, regional and local authorities are cooperating with knowledge institutes and private parties to achieve this challenging goal and create an inspiring showcase for other deltas around the world.’

Van Oord classics - Driven by climate change and the rising sea level

Sand Motor

Facts & figures

Client: Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment and the Province of Zuid-Holland

Scope: The engineering and construction of a hook-shaped peninsula of about 21.5 million cubic metres of sand for coastal protection. The Sand Motor is an example of Building with Nature: natural forces, such as waves, wind and tide, will transport the sand to the right place. 

Location: North Sea, the Netherlands

Execution period: 2011

Van Oord classics - Driven by climate change and the rising sea level

Dutch Delta Works

Facts & figures

Client: Former Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management

Scope: The construction of 13 flood defences, including three locks, six dams and four storm surge barriers. Encompassing a total of 700 kilometres of flood defences, the Delta Works programme was initiated after the catastrophic flood that hit the Netherlands in February 1953.

Location: the Netherlands

Execution period: 1954-1997