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Ingenious people

We are Van Oord

It’s the ingenious people that make Van Oord: the things that drive them, their entrepreneurship, dedication, passion, team spirit and care, and what they want to share with the world.

Van Oord’s people represent 68 different nationalities but they all share the same passion. For water, for technology, for providing innovative solutions for maritime challenges and for achieving the best possible result. Whatever the project is, and in whichever of the almost 36 countries in which Van Oord works every year.

Passion for knowledge

The knowledge and experience of Van Oord’s rich past are sources of inspiration and the foundation on which to build its future. Van Oord’s employees’ thirst for knowledge is encouraged by a focus on career development. Because our projects and the environment in which we operate change constantly, working at Van Oord is a lifelong learning experience, at all levels in the organisation. By sharing knowledge, Van Oord ensures expertise will be passed on to future generations. By teaming up with research institutes, local experts, various universities, branch organisations and NGOs, we aim for the best result. Read more about our partners and suppliers and how we work on community involvement.

Our values

We have defined four values that describe how we achieve our business goals:

  • We create
  • We care
  • We work together
  • We succeed

We create

We share a passion for entrepreneurship and marine construction. We design and execute innovative maritime solutions based on Marine ingenuity, creating value for our clients. This is our reason for being and defines our contribution to a prosperous and better society.

We care

As a family-owned business, we care about people. We always maintain high standards of quality, safety and integrity on our projects. We are prepared to take responsibility and we care about creating a sustainable world. Our actions are based on long-term continuity and stewardship.

We work together

Our organisation is professional and dedicated, with a strong focus on working together in teams and with clients to achieve the best results. We are a learning company that constantly strives to improve. We believe that mutual respect is the key to trust and cooperation.

We succeed

We are competitive and we are prepared to challenge each other. We are flexible, and we adapt to new market conditions. We do this by taking responsible risks and by continuously improving our business processes so that our clients get the best value. Our aim is to ensure the long term continuity and growth of our business.

Sound personnel policy

Van Oord has almost 5,000 employees of 68 different nationalities working in approximately 36 countries. A sound personnel policy and a high level of safety is of vital importance to keeping our leading position in our markets. Learn more about Van Oord’s safety programme: Say YES to safety. All Van Oord employees are expected to abide by our company Code of Conduct.