We have a continuous investment programme to keep our fleet ready for the future. Between 2013 and 2018 we are investing more than EUR 1 billion in building new vessels and modernising and replacing our fleet. These investments are being made based on the long-term view that the organisation wants to have a varied fleet that can be deployed on a wide variety of projects around the world.
The fleet is being improved in close cooperation with specialists within Van Oord. They are heavily involved in the building process and they are always looking for new ways to innovate. A fine example of our innovative strength is the in-house development of two new trailing suction hopper dredgers. The development process took 18 months of hard work by a dedicated team from Van Oord’s Ship Management Department. They paid close attention to the energy management of both the vessel and the dredging process. This will result in a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The vessels will be fitted with various innovative and sustainable systems and will have a Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation. The vessels will enter service in 2017.
Overview of investments
- Cutter suction dredger: Mangystau – operational 2016
- Subsea rock installation vessel: Bravenes – operational 2017
- Two trailing suction hopper dredgers: Vox Amalia and Vox Alexia – operational 2017
Sustainable vessel recycling
Vessels which have become obsolete for technical, economic, or commercial reasons, or which no longer meet statutory and regulatory requirements are carefully dismantled. The dismantling and recycling activities are performed in accordance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Vessels.
In the past 6 years we have withdrawn 18 vessels from our fleet, some of which have been replaced by more efficient vessels with higher capacity.