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We are a Dutch family-owned company with more than 150 years of experience as an international marine contractor. Entrepreneurship and employee engagement are paramount in our culture. Our roots go back to 1868. Drawing on our expertise and vast experience gained over the course of our long history, we have every reason to look forward to the future. 

Marine engineering

The origins of Dutch marine engineering lie in the Netherlands’ unique location on the North Sea and its battle against the water. The history of our company is entwined with the country’s biggest marine engineering works, including the Nieuwe Waterweg Canal, the Delta Works, and the Port of Rotterdam Maasvlakte II expansion. These were projects that fuelled economic growth and kept the population safe from flooding.

During these projects, we’ve gained a lot of knowledge and experience and the company grew into one of the biggest marine engineering companies in the world. Since the late nineteenth century we have also applied our expertise abroad. We dredged the Suez Canal, extended the port of Surabaya, and built the Palm Islands in Dubai and the Gemini offshore wind park – all projects that have put our company on the map worldwide. Our employees continue to rise to new challenges and come up with inventive solutions, helping to build the world of tomorrow, day by day.


We are proud to bear the name of one of our company’s founders: Govert van Oord. He took his first step towards entrepreneurship in 1868. Since then, other legal predecessors have been involved in a wide variety of marine engineering projects. Over the course of 150 years, Van Oord has grown into the company it is today: an international marine contractor specialising in dredging, oil & gas infrastructure and offshore wind. A succession of acquisitions and mergers has helped with this growth. 


Take a look at the timeline at the top of this page covering 150 years of marine engineering history in general and of Van Oord in particular. Would you like more information? Joke Korteweg has written a detailed history that is published by Balans publishers on 23 November 2018.