Van Oord

Van Oord ( Van Oord Dredging full name and Marine Contractors) is a Dutch global company that specializes in the areas of dredging, land reclamation, hydraulic engineering and coastal engineering. Van Oord is one of the world's four leading companies in the industry.

In addition to the main business, the dredging industry, Van Oord is also active in the installation of offshore structures for the oil and gas industry and the energy industry ( offshore wind farms ).

Van Oord operates as a shipping company about 100 working ships, including about 70 different Dredgers and Dredging.


The company dates back to the mid-19th century. It was founded in 1868 by entrepreneur Govert van Oord. Shortly afterwards, Van Oord took over in 1854 resulting from dredging Adriaan Volker. Over the decades, Van Oord grew through numerous projects and through acquisitions of similar companies, including some of the oldest and largest marine construction companies in the Netherlands, such as 2003, the dredging division of Ballast Nedam and the Hollandse Aanneming Maatschappij ( HAM).

Among the many water construction projects in which Van Oord or its subsidiaries was involved include such well-known such as the construction of the North Sea Canal, the IJsselmeer IJsselmeer dam, the ports of Surabaya and Jubail, the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the artificial island for the Hong Kong International Airport, the artificial islands, Palm Islands in Dubai and the extension Maasflakte 2 the port of Rotterdam.