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Sustainable supply chain

We take responsibility by making our supply chain sustainable

Van Oord wants to do business with reliable and respected suppliers and subcontractors. We use the principles of the UN Global Compact in the areas of human rights, working conditions, anti-corruption, and the environment as a frame of reference. We identified and assessed our main suppliers based on these principles and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. We now have an accurate impression of how our suppliers organise their operations in terms of sustainability. 

Prequalification of suppliers and subcontractors

Van Oord uses an electronic pre-qualification system to register and monitor its suppliers and subcontractors. The system is reviewed every year by an impartial party, which assesses its compliance with international quality, safety, and environmental standards. 

Sustainable vessel recycling

Vessels that are technically, economically, or commercially obsolete, or which no longer comply with current legislation, are carefully dismantled. Dismantling and recycling take place in accordance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Vessels. In 2015, we decommissioned five vessels. 

Ballast water management

Our vessels take in ballast water to manage the tension on the hull and to improve stability. However, seagoing vessels that carry ballast water spread organisms around the world. These organisms may damage local ecosystems and spread human diseases. As a global marine contractor with more than 100 seagoing vessels, Van Oord has taken responsibility by developing its own tailor-made ballast water management system. Why? To minimise any undesirable environmental impact resulting from our activities. Our system has been approved and certified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and has received certification from the Netherlands’ Human, Environment and Transport Inspectorate. Read more about ballast water management in our corporate magazine. 

Eco-friendly collection of waste

For each vessel Van Oord has a special garbage management plan that describes how waste should be stored on board and disposed of in port. The plan divides waste into eight categories, which are collected separately, and devotes separate attention to re-usable and recyclable materials.